LOCAL BRIEFS: MCHS sweeps Ellender, struggles against EDW
By: Staff Reports
Morgan City’s soccer teams are off to a strong start in the new year.
The Lady Tigers beat district foe Ellender, 10-1, last week with two players scoring hattricks.
Carmen Araujo scored the first goal in the 17th minute on an assist by Celeste Williams. Williams scored a few minutes late in the 20th on a pass from Sarina Morales and Shannon Theriot scored to put MCHS up 3-0 in the 21st minute.
Aruajo scored again in the 28th and 31st minutes to complete her first half hattrick.
Theriot added goals in the 46th minute and 52nd minutes, and Sarah Patterson scored in the 55th minute for a commanding 8-1 lead.
Williams scored again in the 63rd and 65th minutes to complete her hattrick and to wrap up the dominant win.
“The girls played very well all but one goal was off assists from some built up, passing and team work,” MCHS coach Trevor Patterson said.
The boys faced off in the second game of the evening with the Tigers coming away with a 4-0 win.
Ellender had several players committed to defending, which made scoring opportunities tough to come by for the Tigers.
German Pantoja scored first in the 13th minute but it took nearly an hour of play before Victor Cerritos scored in the 70th minute and Austin Stroud added goals in the 74th and 80th minutes.
On Friday, MCHS took on new district opponent E.D. White and struggled en route to a 6-2 loss.
EDW, ranked No. 3 in the state, scored just 50 seconds into the game off a corner kick and the Cardinals added two more on MCHS errors.
Oscar Hinojosa cut into the lead with a goal in the 30th minute and Stroud cut the lead to 3-2 in the 38th minute.
A mistake leading to an own goal by the Tigers made it 4-2 EDW at halftime.
The Cardinals didn’t let up in the second half scoring two more goals and taking advantage of defensive miscues to hold on for the win.
“If you look at the score you can say EDW is ranked number three for a reason,” MCHS coach Jorge Hernandez said. “But if you look at the report on how many mistakes we made that gave them the goals this game should have been ours.”
Both teams will face Vandebilt Catholic tonight in Houma.
Lumberjacks down Kaplan
The Patterson boys’ basketball team eased past Kaplan on Friday, 77-29, allowing double digits in just one quarter of play.
Dylan Sanders led the team with 15 points, Traylon Jennings had nine, Tarrike Phillips and Deondre Skinner had eight, Larry Turner and Malik Garrett had seven each, Gina Hall had six, and Jedrick Gunner and Shelby LaVergne added four points each.
“The guys came out with great intensity on the defensive end,” PHS coach Ryan Taylor said. “That led to some transition baskets but it also got us settled into the game. I thought we executed our stuff well the entire night.”
The Lumberjacks (13-1) get into the thick of the district schedule this week along with a trip to face local powerhouse Central Catholic on Friday. The Eagles are the only team to beat PHS so far this season.
“This is a big week coming up for us,” Taylor said. “We play at Abbeville (today) and then at Central Catholic on Friday. I am just hoping to see continued improvement from our younger guys and watch our guys compete hard. If we play hard we will give ourselves a chance to win the game and that is all we can ask for.”
Lady Eagles down Ellender
Central Catholic’s mighty girls’ basketball team continued its strong play on Friday with a 68-54 win over Ellender in Houma.
Meo Knight led the way with 23 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block; Randi Brown had 18 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal; Makayla McDaniel had 12 points, three rebounds, two steals and three assists; and Brieanna Hill added 11 points, six rebounds and an assist.
CCHS (14-1) will travel to face St. Thomas More today at 6 p.m.