In its last game of the season, the Berwick Lady Panthers concluded a trying basketball season with a 48-47 District 9-3A victory against Franklin at home.
The Lady Panthers took the lead late in the game when Amber Girard sank one of two free throws for a 47-46, BHS lead.
While Franklin tied it when it made one of two free throws, Girard again was fouled later in the quarter and sank the second of two free throws for a 48-47, BHS advantage.
Franklin was not able to get a basket the rest of the game, allowing Berwick to escape with a victory.
“In this game our girls did a great job of playing together as a team,” BHS assistant coach Andy Walker said. “Everyone played their part allowing us to pull out a win in our last district game of the season. We are very proud of our girls and how far they have come this year.”
Kahadijah Johnson led Berwick with 22 points, while Hailey Wilkinson added 10. Other BHS scorers included Abigail Ohlin with seven, Girard with six and Haley Girard with three.
In the boys’ matchup, the Berwick Panthers fell to the Franklin Hornets, 80-38.
Berwick coach John Menard said his squad played well for about 2½ quarters and only trailed 30-22 with about five minutes left in the third quarter.
However, Franklin hit a three pointer and recorded two lay-ups off steals, which Menard said broke the game open.
“We got a little winded at the end and just couldn't slow the game down enough,” Menard said.
Chas Russo led the Panthers with 10 points, while Devin Tabor added seven. Other BHS scorers included Joe Francois with six, Nick Osburn and Nick Canty with four apiece, Tre’ Matthews with three and Palmer Cox and Brandon Naverro with two each.
Despite a tough season, Menard said said things can only improve for his squad.
“I want to thank the players for the effort they gave this year,” Menard said. “I think they made big strides in getting better.”
Lady Eagles, Eagles clinch district titles
The Central Catholic Lady Eagle and Eagle basketball teams clinched the District 8-1A titles with victories against Vermilion Catholic in Abbeville on Monday.
After overwhelming Vermilion Catholic, 80-47, during their first matchup in Morgan City earlier this season, the Lady Eagles faced a much tougher challenge in Abbeville, eking out a 57-54 victory.
The Eagles followed the Lady Eagles victory with an impressive 103-63 victory over Vermilion Catholic.
With the victories, both the Eagles and Lady Eagles finished their district seasons with perfect records.
The Lady Eagles, ranked No. 2 in the latest Louisiana Sportswriters Association Class 1A girls’ poll, improve to 21-3, while the Eagles, the top-ranked squad in the LSWA’s Class 1A boys’ poll, improved to 23-4 overall.
In the girls’ matchup, the Lady Eagles led 28-26, but Vermilion (25-5, 4-2) outscored CCHS 16-13 in the third quarter for a 42-41 lead after three quarters.
In the fourth quarter, Meo Knight’s two free throws with 19 second remaining put CCHS ahead by three.
“VC came out strong tonight, and controlled the pace of the game,” CCHS coach Kindra Halverson said Monday night. “They kept the score close till the end when Meo Knight came through with some big free throws for us.”
After Knight’s free throws, VCHS missed a three at the final horn after solid defense in the waning seconds by the CCHS defense.
“They got the ball back with 20 seconds left, and we played excellent defense to finish out the game,” Halverson said. “We're looking forward to competing in the playoffs over the next few weeks.”
While CCHS got the victory, VCHS struggled at the free throw line where they made 12 of 24 attempts.
Knight led the Lady Eagles with 23 points. Makayla McDaniel and Randi Brown joined Knight in double figures with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Katie Frith led Vermilion Catholic with 17 points, while Ashailee Brailey added 16 and Kaylen Collins chipped in 10.
In the boys’ matchup, Central Catholic outscored Vermilion Catholic (14-12, 6-2) in every quarter, including a 35-18 fourth quarter output en route to the dominating victory.
"We started the game with great intensity on defense and made shots against their zone defense,” CCHS coach Ree Case said. “We were playing VC on the road for the district championship and it was important to get off to a fast start. The starters did a great job of getting the lead and the bench did a fantastic job of extending the lead. We got great play from the bench on offense and defense and it led to a big victory.
Grogan led five CCHS players in double figures with 30 points, while Dontrell Brown added 16, Jovon Johnson chipped in 15 and Josh Singleton added 10. David Brown added nine for CCHS.
Emile Chaisson led VCHS with 33 points.
“It is nice to win a district championship, and now it is time to get ready for the playoffs," Case said.
Both the Eagles and Lady Eagles will find out their playoff opponents on Friday when the Louisiana High School Athletic Association releases the brackets for Classes 1A-5A.
to face Erath
The Patterson Lumberjacks and Lumberjills will close out their regular seasons tonight when they face Erath.
The ’Jacks, ranked No. 6 in the latest LSWA Class 3A boys’ poll, have already clinched the District 9-3A championship and have a chance to finish the district with a perfect 12-0 record with a victory tonight.
In the first meeting in Patterson, the ’Jacks dominated Erath, 61-29.
“Winning the district is always a goal of ours,” PHS coach Ryan Taylor said. “Being undefeated would mean a lot because of the power rankings but also as a reward for the hard work the guys have put in this year.”
Taylor said the ’Jacks need to play tonight’s game at its tempo, not Erath’s.
“They are going to try to control the pace of the game, so it is our job to speed them up,” he said. “We stressed execution the last few practices. We need to fine tune our offenses and be sure everyone is on the same page. There will come a time in the playoffs where the guys off the bench will be put in a situation where we need a bucket and they will be expected to come through.”
In the girls’ matchup, the ’Jills will look to redeem themselves when they face Erath at home tonight. Earlier this season, Patterson fell to Erath, 46-35, on the road and will look to rebound from a 37-29 defeat at the hand of Franklin High School.
In Friday’s loss, Claudia Fine led Patterson with 15 points, six rebounds and two steals, while Tala Johnson added four points and 11 rebounds and Alexis Webb added four points and two rebounds. Chynna Williams added three points and four rebounds for the ’Jills, while Tiera Butler had two points and five rebounds and Nakia Brooks added a point and three rebounds.