“This was a good win for us,” Kaplan head coach Danielle Greene said.
After Kaplan’s fast start, the Lady Bobcats cut the lead to 11-6 on back-to-back baskets from Megan Norris, who paced Erath with nine points, and Hailey Landry. Amber Lege answered for the Lady Pirates with a deep field goal just before the end of the first quarter to make it 13-6.
Just as they did to start the game, the Lady Pirates began the second quarter in fast fashion, outscoring Erath 8-0 during the first three-plus minutes. After Tina Roy hit a free throw, Hillary Primeaux nailed a three, one of her three on the night, to make it 17-6. Shayna LaSalle followed on a basket assisted by Roy, who put back a rebound moments later to put Kaplan up 21-6 with 4:42 left in the first half.
“We had a lot of girls on the team step up,” Greene said. “It wasn’t just all Tina.
“That was big.”
After a hoop from Erath’s Marisa Primeaux, Kaplan finished the first half on a 13-5 burst, including a pair of shots from Brittany LeBeouf, who finished with seven points. Primeaux scored 11 and Roy led the way with 31. While the offense was efficient, Greene said it’s the other end of the court in which she is currently most concerned.
“We’re trying to get them to play good defense,” Greene said. “That’s our main goal.”
It worked in the third quarter as Kaplan held Erath without a point in the third quarter.
“I think that’s something we can build on,” Greene said.
The No. 2 seed Lady Pirates will try to do that today at 7 p.m. when they take on the winner of No. 3 North Vermilion and No. 6 Gueydan.
KAPLAN — The Vermilion Catholic Lady Eagles held off the Delcambre Lady Panthers 31-25 Monday in the opening game of the Vermilion Parish Tournament.
The Lady Eagles took a 12-8 lead after the first quarter. The Lady Panthers then hit a drought as VC outscored them 14-3 over the next two quarters.
Delcambre responded in the fourth, using a 14-5 run to get back in the game before running out of time.
Chelsie Vallot led VC with seven points. Katie Meaux and Mia LeBeouf each scored six, with Mikhyla Campbell adding five. Katie Frith chipped in four. Jenny Bouillion led the Lady Panthers with a game-high 16 points on the strength of five three-pointers.
The Lady Eagles (3-4) will be back in action Wednesday when they take on the top-seeded Abbeville Lady Wildcats at 4 p.m. in Kaplan.
KAPLAN — The Kaplan Pirates started strong, finished the same way and claimed a 56-36 win over the Gueydan Bears Monday night in the opening round of the Vermilion Parish Tournament.
The Pirates jumped out to a 17-5 lead after the first quarter and took a 27-16 lead into the locker room at the half. Kaplan built a 31-17 lead midway through the third before the Bears put the lead to eight on back-to-back three-pointers from Marcus Victoria and Aaron Saporito. The Pirates answered with three straight hoops, one each from Trey Choate, Andre Hines and O’Ryan Rudd, to end the third quarter with a 37-23 lead. Kaplan increased its advantage with a 19-6 run to start the fourth.
Rudd led the Pirates with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Campbell scored nine, while Choate, who also had seven assists and four steals and Hines finished with eight points apiece. Victoria led the Bears with 12 points, followed by Trevor Derouen’s 10. Saporito scored nine.
The Pirates will play tonight at 8 p.m. when they take on the winner of last night’s game between North Vermilion and Vermilion Catholic.