The defending Class 4A champion Ellender High Lady Patriots took the floor Wednesday night by hosting the Terrebonne Parish Girls Basketball Jamboree.

In the nightcap, Ellender staved off a stiff challenge from District 7-4A rival South Terrebonne for a 25-16 win in the 10-minute exhibition.

Ellender’s Trastasia Hester and South Terrebonne’s Chloe Fleming led their respective teams with nine points each.

“They did well. I have to be patient with them. We’re not in any type of condition yet,” Lady Patriots coach Kenneth Dixon said. “I’ve got a couple of new players this year. We have to develop some type of rhythm and chemistry. They have to get used to my terminology.”

“I’m proud of the way we played. We played well in both games. We brought a lot of energy,” Lady Gators coach Nicholas Cenac said. “We had a scrimmage (Tuesday) against Houma Christian. They came out a little flat. So we were looking to bring energy. I don’t care about the scores. I don’t think it was indicative of how we played.”

Ellender scored six straight points to begin the game, which included a three-point play from Hester.

After Mya Steward (six points) nailed a corner 3-pointer to build a 13-6 lead, South Terrebonne scored seven of the next eight points.

Blake Pellegrin hit a 3 from the wing, and Lexie Maddox and Fleming made tough layups to cut the Ellender lead to 14-13.

The Lady Patriots finished on an 11-3 burst, including another corner 3-pointer from Steward that secured the win.

Both coaches said they like the potential of their teams for this season.

“I only lost two starters (from last year), Nikkia Johnson and Vashawn McKinley. We got 12 of the 14 back,” Dixon said. “I’ve got two sophomores who really don’t know the system yet because we haven’t had a lot of practice. They just finished volleyball a week or two ago. Some are cheerleaders or in dual enrollment. So they miss more practice than they attend. I have to adjust my practice time so I can get them in here and learn what they’re supposed to do.”

“Honestly, I like where we are right now. The biggest thing is to be consistent,” Cenac said. “I tell them to just come out and play on a night-to-night basis. We need to practice well every day, play with that style that we just had and energy we just had. We’ll be all right.”

Here is a look at other games at the event on Wednesday night:



Tipping off the jamboree, Ellender overcame an early deficit to get the win.

Hester and Orieon James led Ellender with six and five points, respectively.

Taylor Hartman led Terrebonne with four points.



The Lady Tigers scored eight straight points to start the contest and never looked back.

Hartman and Beyonce Henry sparked Terrebonne with eight and seven points, respectively.

Sara Savoie led Vandebilt with six points.



H.L. Bourgeois’ Nashlie Dominguez (seven points) scored six consecutive points, including a four-point play, to begin the game.

However, the Lady Terriers went on a 13-3 run to go ahead.

Savoie led Vandebilt with seven points.



Fleming scored all the Lady Gators points, while Megan McElroy led the Lady Braves with four points.