Destrehan aims to bounce back

After rolling past archrival Hahnville in its District 7-5A opener, Destrehan fell short of making it a 2-0 district start with a loss at home to Terrebonne Friday. “We didn’t do as good a job at either end as we did against Hahnville,” said Destrehan coach Todd Bourg. “We started cold from the perimeter and we went 9 for 20 from free throw line. And we allowed a lot of penetration, something we were cutting off (against Hahnville). It was no one person that hurt us from their side. (Terrebonne is) not big, but they’re very, very quick, and it makes them tough.”

It was a disappointing follow-up for the Wildcats (8-11, 1-1), who looked to the Tigers victory as a jumping off point for a big second half of the season. Destrehan lost a number of close contests early in the season,  but had been trending in the right direction as district play began.

Bourg didn’t call it a let-down game, instead noting the balance and strength of the 7-5A district.

“You know, in this district, everyone is good,” Bourg said. “Anyone can beat anyone on a given night. The disappointing thing for me is you’d like to hold serve on your home floor, and we gave one up there.”

But Destrehan has a chance to put that loss behind them and make a statement this Friday night, as the Wildcats travel to Central Lafourche, which Bourg called “probably the favorite, at this point” to capture the District 7-5A title.

“We’ll have to slow down their point guard, for sure,” Bourg said. “He’s their big scorer. We also have to control the paint. It’s like they say in football, you win games in the trenches. For us, we have to control the paint to win the game.

“They’re always tough, especially at their place. They’ve played together awhile and don’t make a lot of mistakes. It will be a good test for us.”

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