Despite a 47-31 loss to boys’ champion Loreauville, VC head coach Sean Comeaux said he is happy with his team’s progress.
“We started out the season rough,” said Comeaux. “A lot was going on, but we’ve tried to get everybody together as a team.
“We came back in this tournament playing as a team and things went well.”
Comeaux said it helped to be at home, playing in a well-run tournament.
“That’s all thanks to (VC head girls’ coach Kim Guidry),” he said.
Guidry credited parent volunteers for the tournament’s success.
“It’s a lot of work by a lot of people,” Guidry said. “We send thank you notes to every parent because we have more involved than not involved and that’s what makes it run.”
VC trailed Loreauville by just one point at 8-7 after the first quarter, but began to lose pace in the second period. The Eagles trailed 25-17 at the half.
The shots that had fallen so easily in VC’s semifinal game with Gueydan repeatedly rattled out of the rim, as it became apparent midway through the second half that an Eagle comeback was not in the cards.
Loreauville held Mr. Yuletide Emile Chiasson to two points. Brennan Gallet and Joey Faulk led the Eagles with eight points each. Blair Landry and Aaron David each scored five points and Drake Broussard scored three points.
VC (4-9) is set to travel to face Northside Christian (12-6) on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
Gueydan (boys) ......35
The Bears held a tenuous 13-10 lead after one quarter in a battle for third place, but Catholic N.I. held them to three points while scoring 14 in the second quarter en route to the win.
Gueydan got it back to a three-point deficit after three quarters, but could not make head way in the fourth.
Marquis Victoria and Trevor Derouen led the Bears with 15 points each. Quentan Martin had three points and Casin Reed had two points.
Gueydan (6-6) hosts 1A Oberlin on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
VC (girls) .................32
When the Lady Wildcats and Lady Eagles took the court, it became readily apparent that the game was about more than which team would take home the third place trophy.
VC actually took an 11-6 lead after one period, stretching that lead to 16-10 at the half.
The Lady Wildcats turned it around in the second half, however, holding VC to just six points while scoring 11 in the third quarter.
As a heated and fast-paced fourth frame wound down, the clock showed just :07 and VC had possession.
Lady Eagle Ashailee Brailey took the inbound pass and drove up the court, stopping and popping a three that barely even touched the rim as it ripped the net.
However, a time-out had already been called and, when play resumed, Brailey was unable to repeat the feat.
Abbeville’s Derrian Nolan scored 20 points to lead all scorers. Elaina Baytop got five points for the Lady Wildcats, Arrayia Starland had four points, Bianca Levy got three points and Jakevia Moore had two points.
Brailey led VC with 10 points. Katie Frith had six points, Mikhyla Campbell had five points, Natalie Campbell had four points, Kyrie Collins had three points and Mia LeBeouf and Kaylen Collins had two points each.
Next up for the Lady Wildcats (13-6, 1-0) is a home game against District 9-3A foe Kaplan (4-10) on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
That game will be Kaplan’s district opener.
Delcambre (boys) ..40
Westminster eclipsed the Panthers’ first-half total with their first-quarter tally alone, leading 24-13 at the break.
Delcambre nearly pulled off an improbable comeback, however, but Westminster narrowly escaped.
Clarence Farrier and Winston Linden led Delcambre with 10 points. Danson Solomon had eight points and Jonovan Palmer had four points.
Delcambre (7-8) next hosts 1A South Cameron (0-11) on Tuesday, Jan. 3.