Crashing the boards and a tight defense turned the game around for the Sulphur Tors in the fourth quarter of a 48-38 win over Lafayette Tuesday evening in a crucial District 3-5A game.
Sulphur switched to a 2-3 defense and held Lafayette scoreless over the final 3 minutes, 16 seconds.
“Coach (Carol) Turner and Coach (Hannah) Cupit were in charge of the defense,” Sulphur head coach Helen Lefevre said. “They were making some changes.
“I am not sure if we have played that 2-3 defense all year, but when they switched to that, that changed the whole game. Credit to them. The defense was their call and they made a great call right there.”
Gabby Gunter and Abby Wyatt led Sulphur defensively with five steals each.
The win gave Sulphur (24-5, 4-0) sole possession of the lead in District 3-5A. The Tors haven’t won a district championship since the 2014-2015 season.
“Now it is kind of like they all say we control our own destiny,” Lefevre said. “If we win out these next three games, we can bring a district championship back here.
“Both teams came into this game 3-0 in district, so we knew how important it was, especially that we were at home. Lafayette is extremely young, but they are a very good team. They are going to be a team to reckon with in the future.”
Sulphur kept Lafayette (21-8, 3-1) off the offensive boards and held the Lions to one defensive rebound in the fourth quarter, outrebounding the Lions 10-1. Sulphur post players Moe Patterson (8 rebounds), Abi Massey (8) and Reagan Ojoro (5) combined for 21 of Sulphur 27 rebounds. Patterson finished with 12 points and Addy Tremie scored 13.
“That has been their strength all year,” Lefevre said. “We watched one film after another how Lafayette would dominate the offense boards, and that is what we practiced really hard the last two days. I thought that our bigs did a really good job.”
Sulphur started the fourth quarter down 35-33 after turning the ball over seven times in the third quarter. But Patterson hit a pair of free throws and scored on an offensive rebound to put Sulphur up 39-36 with 3:45 left in the game. Ojoro and Abby Wyatt combined to go 7-for-7 from the free-throw line in the final minute and a half.
“We had a little bit of trouble with their speed,” Lefevre said. “Fortunately a couple of things went our way there in the fourth quarter to give us the lead. We shot free throws down the stretch well, and that was big for us.”
Lafayette came out of the halftime break on fire and turned a 24-24 tie into a 31-24 lead after the Tors turned the ball over on three of their first four possessions.
Seventeen seconds into the game, Tremie hit the first of her three 3-pointers, but Lafayette surged ahead with a 6-0 run.
Chrysta Narcisse led Lafayette with 13 points.
SULPHUR — The Sulphur Tors dropped a District 3-5A game at home to Class 5A No. 6 Lafayette 93-44 Tuesday night.
Tag Stelly led the Tors with 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in the first half. Kaleb Vizier finished with 12 points.
Sulphur (7-18, 0-2) shot 90 percent from the free throw line (9 of 10).
Lafayette (20-3, 2-0) jumped out to a 27-12 lead in the first quarter led by Bentravin Phillips, who finished with a game-high 33 points. Kendrick Delahoussaye scored 23 points and Jordan Senegal finished with 14.
Sulphur will host Comeaux (19-5, 2-0) today.
South Beauregard 52
WESTLAKE — Westlake outscore South Beauregard in two of the final three quarters but couldn’t overcome the first eight minutes of the game in a 52-50 loss Tuesday night.
South Beauregard (14-9, 4-1) outscored Westlake (11-9, 2-3) 16-9 in the first quarter.
Jamaal Guillory led Westlake with 17 points.
Nick Uhlik led three South Beauregard players in double-figures with 17 points. Micah Johnson (11) and Zach Blackwell (10) combined for 21 points.
Westlake will travel to Iowa on today (19-6, 3-2).
VINTON — The Vinton Lions cruised to a 64-28 District 5-2A win over Rosepine Tuesday night.
Vinton (17-4, 6-0) held a commanding 33-13 lead at halftime.
Senior Drew Heinen continued his scoring barrage with 23 points and Deshawn Bias had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Dudley Dupre led the Eagles (4-22, 2-4) with 12 points.
Vinton will travel to Oakdale (12-9, 4-2) on today.
Sam Houston 48
LAFAYETTE — Sam Houston ended a three-game losing streak Tuesday with a 48-40 road win over Southside.
Sam Houston (14-12, 1-3) led 20-17 at halftime but pulled away in the third after outscoring the Lady Sharks (9-17, 0-4) 16-6.
Senior Alania Bartie recorded another double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Lucy Bellon had 15 points and five rebounds.
Sam Houston will travel to Acadiana (11-14, 0-4) on today.
South Beauregard 48
WESTLAKE — Westlake avenged an earlier loss to South Beauregard Tuesday with a 51-48 win at home.
The win moved Westlake (16-7 4-2) into a tie with South Beauregard (16-12, 5-2) for second in District 4-3A.
Senior Jada Gasaway led Westlake with a game-high 15 points and Savannah Robertson added 10.
Jaden Leouef (13) and Trinity Spooner (12) combined for 25 points for the Lady K’s.
Westlake will travel to Iowa (11-16, 1-5) on today.
VINTON — The Vinton Lady Lions dropped their second game of the season to Rosepine 61-44 on Tuesday.
Rosepine (15-12, 5-2) won 68-41 on January 17.
Vinton (9-17, 3-4) trailed 27-15 at halftime.
Mackenzie Joseph led Vinton with a game-high 22 points.
Kelly Norris led three Lady Eagles in double-figures with 18 points. Taylor Farris scored 16 points and Ashlynn Smith finished with 12.
Vinton will travel to Oakdale (3-12, 1-6) on today.