MORGAN CITY — A big second-quarter was the difference as the Central Catholic Lady Eagles defeated Hanson Memorial, 38-26, in District 8-1A play Friday.
The Lady Eagles, who entered the second quarter leading just 9-8, used a 12-1 scoring advantage in the second period to move in front 21-9 at the half.
Neither team had a big scoring advantage over the other for the remainder of the contest as Hanson outscored Central Catholic 12-9 in the third quarter to cut the Lady Eagles’ lead to 30-21 after three quarters before Central Catholic outscored Hanson 8-5 in the fourth period, for the win, which clinched the District 8-1A title for the Lady Eagles.
Central Catholic entered the game ranked fourth in the Louisiana Sports Writers’ Association Class 1A prep poll and fourth in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s unofficial Class 1A power rankings.
Hanson was receiving votes in the prep poll and ranked sixth in the power rankings.
Meo Knight led the Lady Eagles in the victory with a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds as well as five steals, while Randi Brown added 15 points, five rebounds and six steals.
Other top Central Catholic contributors included Caroline Byrne, six points, four rebounds, an assists and a steal; and Makayla McDaniel, seven rebounds and three assists.
The Lady Eagles (20-7 overall, 7-0 in district), ranked third in the latest Class 1A poll released today, will conclude their regular season today with a District 8-1A matchup against fifth-ranked Vermilion Catholic in Morgan City.
Vermilion Catholic is ranked second in the latest power rankings.
Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.
Patterson edges Franklin
The Patterson Lumberjills edged Franklin, 36-35, in District 9-3A action on the road Friday.
The Lumberjills, who trailed 19-16 at the half and 26-20 after three quarters, outscored Franklin 16-9 in the fourth quarter to clinch the victory.
The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the ‘Jills, whose last victory came in a 56-34 win against Franklin in Patterson on Jan. 15.
In Friday’s win, Tiera Butler led Patterson with 14 points as well as eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks, while Tala Johnson added eight points, 10 rebounds and two blocks.
Other top Patterson contributors included Nakia Brooks, five points, a rebound and four steals; Jamiri Brown, five points, three rebounds and a block; and Nia Broussard, two points, two rebounds and four steals.
The Lumberjills will conclude their season tonight when they host Erath.
The game, originally scheduled for Tuesday, will tip off today instead at 5:30 p.m. with girls’ varsity play.
Chenevert’s 42 points not enough to lift MCHS
Morgan City’s Casey Chenevert exploded for 42 points, but Morgan City could not overcome Assumption in an 82-55 loss on the road Friday.
Assumption raced out to a 17-11 lead after a period of play, while the homestanding squad used a 26-9 second-quarter advantage for a 43-20 lead at the half.
Morgan City kept things closer in the second half, putting up 13 points to Assumption’s 16 in the third quarter and 22 points to Assumption’s 23 in the fourth period in the District 9-4A contest.
Chenevert added two steals and two assists.
Other top Morgan City contributors included Meya Morse, six points and two steals, Steveyion Walker, four points.
The Lady Tigers conclude their season with a 7-19 overall mark and 1-7 record in district play.
Berwick falls to Abbeville
Berwick may have lost to Abbeville, who entered the game ranked fifth in the latest Class 3A Louisiana Sports Writers’ Association poll, but the Lady Panthers competed well in the beginning.
Berwick led 13-9 after a period of play on the strength of three three-pointers and the Lady Panthers trailed just 26-22 at the half after Abbeville outscored them 17-9 in the second period.
Abbeville pulled away in the second half as they outscored Berwick 18-10 in the third quarter and 14-0 in the fourth.
Abigail Ohlin led Berwick with 16 points, while Aija Robinson added nine and Hayley Girard, seven.
The Lady Panthers 9-14 overall, 4-7 in district), who appear to be out of the playoff race with a ranking of 53rd in the latest power rankings (the top 32 teams are taken), will conclude their regular season today with a District 9-3A contest today on the road against Franklin.
Earlier this season, the Lady Panthers edged the Lady Hornets at home, 38-37.
Girls’ junior varsity action will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by girls’ varsity action at 6:30 p.m.
Information from Vermiliontoday.com was used in this article.