The Thibodaux High School girls basketball team opened District 7-5A play on Tuesday night by racing past Central Lafourche 58-26.
Ja’mya Holmes led Thibodaux with 10 points, followed by Destiny Batiste and A’Shyh Wolfe with nine points each.
Randilyn Saia led Central Lafourche with seven points and Gabrielle Gautreaux had six.
“I felt we started off a little slow. After I made a few adjustments, we definitely picked up the intensity, which is what we needed,” Lady Tigers coach Ashley Adams. “I keep emphasizing to them play our game, keep our composure and play to together as a team.”
“Coming from where we started, I’ve seen a lot of good things,” Lady Trojans coach Tamika Boyd-Celestine said. “We’re rebuilding a program. We have to clean up our passing, but I’m pretty happy with the way my girls work the transition ball.”
The Thibodaux (8-4 overall, 1-0 in district) defense forced numerous turnovers that they converted into easy transition baskets throughout the first half.
The Lady Tigers fast break produced runs of 12-2 and nine unanswered in the first quarter.
Wolfe scored six points, while Holmes, Batiste and Bren'naisa Adams (eight points) had four each as Thibodaux took a 21-6 advantage.
Central Lafourche (7-6 overall, 0-2 in district) tried to get back in the game in the second quarter with corner three pointers from Saia and Chloe Babin (five points).
However, Thibodaux continued to effortlessly get to the rim and Sasha Jones added a late 3-pointer to build a 33-16 halftime lead.
“We always emphasize defense in practice and during the game,” Coach Adams said. “We want to make sure we’re talking on defense, working hard and working as a unit. That’s what gives us those transition baskets. Play good defense and it leads to easy offense.”
“It’s about growth. These girls it’s like they’re first time being introduced to transition basketball,” Boyd-Celestine said. “Thibodaux’s girls have been doing it a while, and I can say that because a lot of them I have coached in the past. Give us some time, we’ll be fine.”
Consecutive tough layups by Adams began eight straight Lady Tiger points in the third quarter. Batiste drained a three pointer from the wing, and Brea Richard was hacked on a layup for a three-point play to put Thibodaux ahead 50-24.
“We need better transition defense and help side defense. It’s going to come with time,” Boyd-Celestine said. “My girls are conditioned. They’re hungry and they hustle. If they’re willing to work, we’re going to get there.”
With a positive start to the season, Coach Adams has big ambitions for the Lady Tigers.
“Our goal is to win the district championship. I keep telling them, ‘one game at a time,’” she said. “We could always do better, but I feel that we’re doing what we need to do. We’re playing together. That’s what’s important to me right now.”
TUESDAY'S AREA GIRLS BASKETBALL CAPSULES
ASSUMPTION 55, WEST ST. JOHN 40 (at Napoleonville, nondistrict game)
Score by quarter: West St. John led 13-12 after the first quarter, Assumption led 28-21 at halftime and Assumption led 45-26 at the end of the third quarter.
Statistical leaders: Assumption — Ra’von Robertson (31 points), Tajah Griffin (seven points)
Records: Assumption (6-6 overall); West St. John (5-5 overall)
VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 66, ASCENSION CHRISTIAN 58 (at Houma, nondistrict game)
Score by quarter: Vandebilt led 26-14 after the first quarter, 36-33 at halftime and Ascension Christian led 44-43 end of the third quarter.
Statistical leaders: Vandebilt — Leia Verret (19 points, eight assists, eight rebounds, four steals), Amy Parrott (15 points, 10 rebounds), Brittany Theriot (eight points, five steals, seven rebounds and two assists) and Sara Savoie (eight points)
Records: Vandebilt (6-4 overall); Ascension Christian (7-5 overall)
HOUMA CHRISTIAN 55, PATTERSON 17 (at Patterson, nondistrict game)
Score by quarter: Houma Christian led 14-3 after the first quarter, 23-6 at halftime and 39-10 after the third quarter.
Statistical leaders: Houma Christian — Xariel Washington (14 points), Breanna Harding (10 points), Kourtne Lee (10 points)
Records: Houma Christian (11-2 overall); Patterson (0-7 overall)
TUESDAY'S AREA BOYS BASKETBALL CAPSULES
EAST ASCENSION 97, H.L. BOURGEOIS 91, 3 OTS (at Gonzales, nondistrict game)
Score by quarter: East Ascension led 26-20 after the first quarter and 41-40 at halftime. H.L. Bourgeois led 56-51 at the end of the third quarter. The score was tied at 70 at the end of regulation.
Statistical leaders: H.L. Bourgeois — Anthony Rainey Jr. (34 points), Anthony Ruffin Jr. (22 points), Divine Martin (nine points); East Ascension — Jimel London (33 points), Hobert Grayson (25 points)
Records: East Ascension (4-3 overall); HLB (9-6 overall)
SOUTH LAFOURCHE 42, GRACE KING 37 (at Galliano, nondistrict game)
Score by quarter: Score was tied at 10 after the first quarter, South Lafourche led 20-19 at halftime and Grace King led 32-30 at the end of the third quarter.
Statistical leaders: South Lafourche — Marquis Francis (11 points), Luke Chaisson (nine points), Matt Bellanger (seven points)
Records: South Lafourche (9-4 overall); Grace King (4-11 overall)
E.D. WHITE DEF. HOUMA CHRISTIAN (FORFEIT)
E.D. White picked up a nondistrict win by forfeit over Houma Christian on Tuesday.
Houma Christian coach Freddie Frye said the Warriors forfeited the game because they didn’t have enough players to compete on Tuesday due to various injuries.
Houma Christian’s record dropped to 7-6 overall, and E.D. White improved to 3-5 overall.
VANDEBILT CATHOLIC AT WOODLAWN (BATON ROUGE) CANCELED
The Vandebilt Catholic at Woodlawn-Baton Rouge game was canceled.
— Compiled by Chris Singleton/Staff Writer