MORGAN CITY — The Central Catholic Lady Eagles dropped a 62-53 decision to Ellender Memorial Friday.
While Central Catholic kept pace with Ellender for the first three quarters, Ellender used a big fourth quarter to pull out a win and avenge a loss to Central Catholic nearly a week before at the Lady Eagle Christmas Classic.
Central Catholic trailed by just one after the first quar-ter, 12-11, and by three, 25-22 at the half.
While the Lady Eagles cut the deficit to 39-38 after three quarters, Ellender outscored Central Catholic 23-15 in the fourth quarter for the final.
Randi Brown led Central Catholic with a double-double with 14 points and 16 rebounds as well as three assists, four steals and a block.
Meo Knight also reached double figures with 17 points as well as nine rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Other top Central Catholic contributors included Megan Landry, nine points, five rebounds and three steals; Caroline Byrne, seven points, three steals and five rebounds; and Abbie Bergeron, six points, an assist and three rebounds.
The Lady Eagles will re-turn to action Tuesday at 5 p.m. when it hosts defending Class 4A state champion St. Thomas More in a 5 p.m. matchup.
The Central Catholic Ea-gles picked up a 68-51 victory against Ellender Friday.
The Eagles outscored the Patriots in every quarter except the fourth in the win.
After Central Catholic jumped out to a 17-10 lead after one period of play, the Eagles extended their lead to 36-25 at the half and 54-35 after three quarters.
Ellender outscored Central Catholic 16-14 for the final.
Tyler Hoffpauir led five Eagles in double figures with 15 points. Other Central Catholic contributors included Dontrell Brown with 14, Nicholas Case and Josh Singleton with 11 apiece, and Lamar Grogan with 10.
“We were very balanced offensively,” Central Catholic coach Ree Case said. “We had nine guys score so we were really balanced.”
In junior varsity action, Central Catholic edged El-lender, 45-44.
Jalen Johnson and Stephano Guarisco each scored 12 points for Central Catholic in the victory.
Just like the Lady Eagles, the Eagles will also host a state champion Friday when they face defending Class 1A champion Christian Life, who Central Catholic beat on the road during the regular season a year ago, at home Tuesday. The two squads are set to meet at 6 p.m.
Case said the game will be “a really good test to see where we’re at right before district starts.”
Patterson defeats Kaplan
Patterson picked up a 51-21 victory against Kaplan on the road Friday in District 9-3A action on the road.
After taking a slim 12-9 lead after a period of play against Kaplan, the ‘Jacks outscored Kaplan a combined 38-12 during the final three quarters.
Patterson limited Kaplan to two points in the second quarter and four in the third, while on offense the ‘Jacks put up 11 and 15 points, respectively.
Denzel Johnson and Deondre Skinner reached double figures for Patterson with 14 and 11 points, respectively, while other top contributors included Daylon Charlot, eight points; Nehemiah Augustus, six; Jedrick Gunner, five; and Dontrell Benjamin, four.
Patterson will return Tuesday in District 9-3A action against Abbeville. Boys’ junior varsity action will begin at 5 p.m. and following the girls’ varsity contest, the boys’ varsity squads will take the floor.
Kaplan edges ‘Jills
Kaplan edged the Patter-son Lumberjills, 33-30, in District 9-3A action on the road Friday.
While Patterson trailed 9-8 after a period of play, the Lumberjills outscored Kaplan, 10-8 in the second quarter for a slim 18-17 halftime advantage.
Kaplan came back to out-score Patterson 11-3 in the third quarter for a 28-21 advantage, before Patterson came back with a furious fourth-quarter rally but just fell short, 33-30.
Jazmin Evans led Patter-son with 13 points and added a rebound and three steals.
Other top Patterson contributors included Tiera Butler, eight points, three rebounds and a steal; Alex Benjamin, four points, a rebound and four steals; Nakia Brooks, two points and seven rebounds; and Tala Johnson, a point, five rebounds and three steals.
In junior varsity action, Patterson defeated Kaplan, 18-13.
Benjamin led Patterson with 6 point, while Gaylen Grogan added four, and Jamile Tate had three to lead Patterson.
Patterson will return to action Tuesday when they play Abbeville. Girls’ varsity action is set for a 6 p.m. start.
Panthers fall to
Berwick fell 69-43 to North Vermilion in District 9-3A action on the road Friday.
While North Vermilion outscored Berwick 22-16 in the first quarter, the Panthers kept things closer in the second quarter as they were outscored 14-12 and headed into the locker room down 36-28.
However, they couldn’t overcome North Vermilion’s scoring in the second half as North Vermilion put up 17 points in the third and fourth quarters and limited Berwick to eight points in each.
Nicholas Osburn led Berwick with 14 points, while Brandon Naverro added 10 to lead the Panthers.
Berwick will return to action Tuesday when they host Highland Baptist in nondistrict action. Junior varsity boys’ action will take the floor at 5 p.m. and the varsity boys are set for a 7 p.m. start.
Lady Panthers fall to
North Vermilion over-whelmed the Berwick Lady Panthers, 52-12, in District 9-3A play on the road Friday.
Berwick was limited to a point in the first quarter and held scoreless in the fourth in the loss.
Berwick was only outscored 12-8 in the second quarter and 8-5 in the third quarter, however.
Khadijah Johnson and Hayley Girard scored all of the Lady Panthers points with seven and five points, respectively.
Girls’ varsity action will begin at 6 p.m.