Local basketball teams resume action tonight
From Staff Reports
Patterson High School will host Abbeville High School tonight in District 9-3A action as the Jacks look to keep its district record spotless.
This is the second meeting between the ’Jacks and the Wildcats, and despite a dominant win by Patterson in the first match, PHS coach Ryan Taylor said his Lumberjacks cannot relax.
“The previous game was close for three quarters,” Taylor said. “We were able to take control in the fourth by playing good defense and executing on offense. I expect another great effort from Abbeville because their playoff lives are in jeopardy. They are right on the edge and are almost in must-win situations. So we better be ready for their best effort tonight.”
For the ‘Jacks, the scene is a little different as the squad is 19-2 overall and 9-0 in District 9-3A play heading into the matchup.
To win tonight, Taylor said his squad will have to play solid defense against one of the best players in the district in Tiremone Williams.
“He is explosive and can get to the rim,” Taylor said. “We have to control him and not let him take the game over.”
There’s also the coach on the other end of court that Taylor will be facing.
“Abbeville is a tough team to play because of the man working the sidelines,” Taylor said. “Coach (Berwick) Hamilton is a great coach, and he has seen it all. He led Patterson to its only state championship, and we are glad to have him return home, but we don’t want to welcome him with a win tonight.”
In addition to inching closer to a district championship, Taylor said tonight’s game is important because Patterson needs valuable power points, which will determine where it is seeded in the playoffs.
“Our district opponents have young teams and struggled early in the season and didn’t get many wins. So we have to continue to win to get the best seed we can possibly get for the playoffs,” he said.
While his squad has lost just twice this season, Taylor said he thinks they can play better and need to continue to win to keep that momentum heading into the playoffs.
CCHS to play two games in two days
Central Catholic will look to rebound from a loss on Tuesday at Vandebilt Catholic when it begins the second round of District 8-1A play with a road matchup against Ascension Episcopal.
Central Catholic (18-4, 4-0) breezed through its first round of district play, outscoring opponents by and average of 41 points.
In its first meeting with Ascension Episcopal, the Eagles dominated the Blue Gators, coming away with a 79-26 victory.
“We got five games left in the season, so every one’s a big one” CCHS coach Ree Case said.
On Tuesday, Central Catholic, ranked No. 1 in Class 1A in the latest Louisiana Sportswriters Association poll, fell to Class 4A’s 10th ranked squad, Vandebilt Catholic, 80-62, on the road.
The game was one of two nondistrict matchups the Eagles scheduled during district play against prominent opponents to prepare them for a playoff run.
After Tuesday’s loss, Case said his squad learned a lot about doing the little things in basketball games right.
“We didn’t do little things right, which against a good team gets you beat,” he said.
“It was a game going in that I knew we would have to play well to win,” Case added. “They just played better than us, and we got beat.”
On Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., the Eagles will play that second game when it hosts Class 1A’s 10th ranked squad, Metairie Park-Country Day at the Matchbox.
Earlier this season, CCHS defeated Country Day, 51-43, in the second round of the Sunkist Shootout at St. Thomas More in Lafayette.
The Berwick boys’ basketball squad (1-23, 0-9) is the lone team in the area to step out of district play tonight when it travels to Jeanerette.
Both squads met earlier this season in the Berwick Tournament where the Tigers beat Berwick, 55-50.
Since that game, both teams have struggled to rack up wins.
Berwick coach John Menard said that during the first meeting between the two teams, his squad got off to a slow start.
“We will need to come out and execute well offensively to give us a chance,” he said. “Last time they shot well from the outside, making seven three-pointers. We will need to have an idea where the shooters are. We also rebounded well in the second half of the first game. We will need to do a good job rebounding to keep them from having second and third chances.”
When they meet tonight, Menard said he expects Jeanerette to play well.
“It’s been a long time since we have played each other, and I’m sure, like us, they have learned a little more and are playing much better,” Menard said. “They only have five wins on the year but have played some good competition close in their last few games.”
Morgan City hosts
The Morgan City Tigers (14-12 overall, 2-3 in District 8-4A) will look to rebound after a touch loss to Ellender on Tuesday when they host South Terrebonne tonight at home in a district matchup.
In January, the Tigers beat the Gators, 31-25, in Bourg during the first round of district play.
Morgan City coach Jeremy Whittington said that his squad will need to play solid defense again to beat South Terrebonne as well as dominate the boards, and not turnover the ball.
“They play a 2-3 zone, and when you can get them out of it, they switch to a 1-3-1 zone,” Whittington said. “We beat them on the road at their place by taking care of the ball and hitting big free throws down the stretch. They are much better than their record suggest. They have a great point guard, shooters and also a pretty good center that is long and athletic.”
This second half of district play is crucial for Morgan City if it hopes to make the playoffs.
“We are currently ranked 29th in the power ratings, and we have to stay in the top 32 to get in,” Whittington said. “After the way we played Tuesday night against Ellender, I am expecting to see some major improvements on defense and protecting our goal. With only three guaranteed games left, I would expect Jalen Johnson and Tyrin Watts to have big games for us.”
Lumberjills to face
No. 7 Abbeville
The Patterson High School Lumberjills hope to pull an upset tonight when it faces the Abbeville Lady Wildcats in the second round of District 9-3A play.
During their first meeting this year, the Lumberjills fell to the Lady Wildcats, 59-12.
The Lady Wildcats currently are ranked No. 7 in the latest Louisiana Sportswriters Association Class 3A poll with an overall record of 21-6 and a district mark of 9-0.
Lady Panthers will
The Berwick Lady Panthers will hit the hardwood again tonight in nondistrict action when they travel to Jeanerette to face the Lady Tigers.
The Lady Panthers are looking to rebound with a win after falling 38-26 to North Vermilion on Tuesday.
Lady Tigers to host
The Morgan City Lady Tigers also will continue district play tonight when it hosts South Terrebonne in District 8-4A action.
The Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Gators, 53-45, during their first district meeting this year in Bourg and hope to make it two in a row against the Terrebonne Parish squad.
The game is the Lady Tigers’ second in two days, as they fell to Class 5A HL Bourgeois, 45-23, in non-district action on Thursday in Gray.
Individual statistics were not available as of press time.