Hahnville split a pair of games at last week’s Allstate Sugar Bowl girls basketball tournament, but the team’s win was something of a milestone for coach Arrianna Martin’s club.
The Tigers earned a decisive victory over Destrehan, 72-42, the first in several seasons for Hahnville over its archrival. Kamryn Bartholomew scored a game-high 27 points to lead HHS (13-11) to victory in the non-district contest, the first of three regular season matchups between the teams.
“Kamryn really ignited in the first three or four minutes of the game,” said Martin. “She was really in the zone and hitting her shots. Everyone pulled together to earn the win. We got a little stagnant after a hot start but we were able to overcome that and push in the second half.”
Hahnville led by 20 at halftime. Bartholomew scored 11 of her points in the first quarter, which saw the Tigers begin the game on a 15-2 run.
Danae Lorio scored 13 and Paceley Williams scored 8 to help pace Hahnville.
For Destrehan, Marshay Stevenson scored 11 points to lead the way. Sierra Samuels scored nine, while Daja Sanchez and Darielle Richard each added five.
Bartholomew, a freshman, has quickly emerged for Hahnville this season and has helped the Tigers’ program lift itself among the District 7-5A leaders early in league play.
“I knew what we had in her (before the season), that she was a great player,” Martin said. “She’s now learning the game of basketball at a different level. She has all the talent in the world and it’s a matter of learning how to apply it (at the high school level) and understanding how she can use that talent in the different aspects of the game.”
Hahnville’s second game in the tournament came against St. Thomas Aquinas, a 61-55 loss. The Tigers fell behind by 20 in the first half but battled back to close within one before STA pulled away in the final minute of play.
“We were a no show early,” Martin said. “All I could tell them was we were being outhustled. You can let it double or you can turn around and fight. And they really turned it around in the third quarter.”
Martin said her team is still learning how to win in those kinds of tight, late-game situations, but also that the Tigers proved a lot to themselves by battling back against a traditionally strong program.
“There’s still that learning curve for us. Some decisions we made in that last minute did hurt us,” Martin said. “But fighting back, to me as a coach, that’s the biggest thing. They didn’t concede anything. To watch them have that kind of fight and get back into it, I can’t ask them for more.”
Bartholomew led HHS with 19 points. Makaila Carter scored 10 while Kori Joseph and Yelah Moses each scored eight.
This Friday night the Tigers travel to Thibodaux (15-6) for a pivotal district matchup. Thibodaux is 4-1 in 7-5A play, with Hahnville at 3-0.
Thibodaux is led by 6-foot-4 junior center Bre’naisa Adams and senior guard Destiny Batiste.
“It’s at their place, so while those two are their most consistent players, when you’re at home that’s when you tend to see two or three other people get hot,” Martin said. “It’s always a challenge in that way. You really want to find a way to limit (Adams) and make someone else step up. They can be beat, but it’ll take us showing up every quarter to fight.”