MORGAN CITY — The Central Catholic Lady Eagles pounced on Delhi Charter early and never were threatened in an easy 65-32 victory in Class 1A bi-district action Monday.
After Delhi Charter, Class 1A’s 29th seed, matched the Lady Eagles, Class 1A’s fourth seed, on the scoreboard early with the second of two free throws by Kelly Scurria to tie the game at 4 with 5:16 remaining, the Lady Eagles limited the Lady Gators to just two points for the remainder of the quarter, while Central Catholic put up 17 more to take a 21-6 lead at the end of a period of play.
The Lady Eagles were never threatened again.
“We started fast for once, and that’s what I stressed to them before the game,” Central Catholic coach Jamarr Garrett said. “We got to start fast. We knew nothing about this team really.”
Delhi Charter coach Chad Clark said that the early surge by Central Catholic hurt his squad.
“It was downhill from there,” he said. “We came out and we missed a lot of open shots, and in the meantime they were making open shots and even contested shots. They’re a real talented team. They made a big run in the first quarter and it was really difficult for us to get back in the game.”
Despite the lead, Central Catholic (22-7) did get in some early foul trouble as standouts Meo Knight and Randi Brown each picked up two fouls before the end of the first quarter.
Garrett said the foul trouble of his two best players didn’t really affect the game plan.
“I put part of that on me,” he said of their foul trouble. “I should have backed us out. We were pressing a lot early on. I didn’t realize the foul trouble we were in until after the fact.”
The Central Catholic coaching staff elected to play both in the second quarter and both stayed out of any further foul trouble for the remainder of the game as the Lady Eagles used a 15-10 second-quarter scoring advantage to take a 34-16 lead into halftime.
While Knight and Brown got to the free throw line after drawing fouls in the paint, the Lady Eagles also benefited from second-chance opportunities, some via loose balls.
“They outhustled us … we’re normally really aggressive to the ball, and I teach defense more than anything else and loose balls are a big part of that,” Clark said.
Besides Knight and Brown, Delhi Charter (14-18) had to contend with Abbie Bergeron early on as she had a solid first-quarter with seven points in the period, the final three on a three-pointer in the corner in front of the Delhi Charter bench.
Bergeron finished the game with 11 points along with one steal and two rebounds.
However, Garrett lamented that the Lady Eagles didn’t keep giving her the ball.
“I told them just now in the locker room, recognize your shooters, recognize who has the hot hand … Abbie had maybe seven points in the first five minutes of the game and we just stopped feeding her the ball,” he said. “We have to recognize stuff like that when we’re on the floor.”
In the second half, Central Catholic continued its scoring dominance as it outscored Delhi Charter 20-11 in the third quarter and 11-5 in the fourth.
Knight and Brown both led Central Catholic with 18 points each.
Brown added seven steals, six rebounds, five assists and three blocks, while Knight had seven rebounds, three steals, one block and one assist.
Other top contributors for Central Catholic included Makayla McDaniel, six points, two steals, four assists and three rebounds; Megan Landry, six points, two steals, one assist and two rebounds; and Caroline Byrne, four points, one assist and three rebounds.
Central Catholic will return to action Thursday when it hosts No. 13 seed Mount Herman. Mount Herman defeated No. 20 seed Ouachita Christian, 48-44, Monday.