CCHS (14-3, 1-0 District 8-1A) is ranked first in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association rankings for the first time in school history according to head coach Ree Case.
“I think the kids handled the honor really well and they came out ready to play,” Case said. “But I’m like any other coach; I would rather be number one at the end of the season but it’s an honor for the kids and all the hard work they have put in.”
The Eagles came out with full-court pressure that rattled AES (10-6, 1-1), forcing several turnovers that turned into CCHS layups.
The Eagles jumped out to a 19-2 lead on a 3-pointer by Josh Singleton with 3:35 remaining in the first quarter. CCHS extended the margin to 22-4 on a basket by Dontrell Brown.
“Our press has gotten better the last couple weeks,” Case said. “It’s part of what we do, so we are gonna pressure people. I also thought we pressed really well tonight without giving up easy shots and layups.”
CCHS led 22-8 at the end of the first quarter.
Eight players scored for CCHS as the Eagles soared to a 48-10 halftime lead. AES only scored two free throws in the second quarter.
“Our goal is to be 10 deep and we work hard at that,” Case said. “Throughout a season kids get sick, banged up or in foul trouble so the more guys who can play quality minutes the better chance you have to win every night.”
Nick Case led the Eagles with 11 first-half points, while Lloyd Grogan, Singleton and Brown had seven points each.
AES shot the ball better in the second half but Central Catholic was just too talented and deep.
Singleton finished as the top scorer with 14, while Case had 13. Grogan finished with 11, while Brown added 10. Lamar Grogan also had 10, while Tyler Hoffpauir had six. Kendall Robinson and Brent Green had four points each, while David Brown had three and Jovon Johnson had two.
Central Catholic also passed the basketball well throughout the game.
“These kids have learned that they can’t do it by themselves,” Case said. “To do the things we want to do this season we have to be a team and the guys understand that.”
Brown led the Eagles with six assists, while Singleton had five. L. Grogan was the top rebounder with seven.
CCHS returns to district play Friday on the road at Gueydan.