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Shoot-out begins with local wins

By Tom Dodge
Sports Editor
The Brad Fontenot Memorial Holiday Shootout began with the St. Edmund and Eunice High teams rolling to wins.
St. Ed’s 53, S C 21
South Cameron scored first on a trey by Reilly Marks, but the Lady Jays led the rest of the way as St. Edmund cruised to a 53-21 over the Lady Tarpons in the Shootout.
Trailing 3-0, St. Edmund’s Mary Beth Lafleur drilled a trey and Rebecca Benoit later shot a jumper to push the Lady Jays ahead, 3-5.
Marks hit a free throw to pull South Cameron within a point midway through the first quarter.
Benoit scored in the lane and Lafleur added a layup as the Lady Jays moved ahead, 9-4.
Ariana LaSalle scored off a steal in the final minute to help South Cameron close the gap to 9-6 as the game moved to the second quarter.
The Lady Jays grabbed control of the game as Lafleur hit back-to-back treys and Benoit nailed a jumper for a 17-6 St. Ed’s advantage.
Lafleur then scored on consecutive fast breaks as the Lady Jays increased their lead to 21-6.
After Marks hit two free throws with 2:58 left in the half, buckets by Mary Helen Miller and Anna Belle Fontenot gave the Lady Jays a 25-8 lead late in the quarter.
Marks hit another free throw before Hannah Benoit drove the lane for the Lady Jays.
LaSalle hit a trey for the Lady Tarpons, but a three-pointer at the buzzer increased St. Ed’s margin to 30-12 at intermission.
St. Edmund outscored South Cameron 13-0 in the third quarter to put the game away, aided by buckets by Greta Miller, Lafleur, Rebecca Benoit, Alice Brown and three points from Fontenot.
Brown drilled a bucket at the buzzer to give the Lady Jays a 43-12 advantage as the game advanced to the final quarter.
St. Ed’s scored the first seven points of the period, sparked by two buckets by Fontenot, a lay-up by Mary Helen Miller and a free throw from Brown.
South Cameron ended the game with a 9-0 run as Marks scored four buckets and Jacey Lalande added a free throw to help the Lady Tarpons close the gap to 50-21.
Kate Miller hit a trey at the buzzer as St. Edmund sealed a 53-21 victory.
Lafleur led the Lady Jays with 17 points, Fontenot contributed 12 points and Rebecca Benoit chipped in eight points.
Marks led the Lady Tarpons with 15 points.
After the tournament, the Lady Jays travel to Port Barre on Tuesday

Eunice 56, Iota 41
Iota led 26-18 at the break, but Eunice rallied for 38 points in the second half as the Bobcats earned a 56-41 win over the Bulldogs.
Eunice scored first on a trey by Treylon Cooper, but Iota used three pointers by Keelan Wriborg and Parker Story along with buckets by Andrew Thibodeaux and Parker Story to take a 10-6 lead.
Kevin Thomas scored a bucket and Dedric Vigers added a free throw to help the Bobcats keep the game close as the game moved to the second period.
Iota outscored Eunice 18-12 in the quarter to hold an eight-point lead, aided by nine points by Wriborg and a trey by Story to end the half.
The Bobcats opened the third period with a 9-4 surge, sparked by treys by Cooper and a three-point play by Shaun Hudson.
Cooper scored off a steal and Kevin Thomas drained a trey to force a 32-32 tie midway through the third period.
Thibodeaux scored back-to-back buckets for Iota as the Bulldogs moved ahead, 36-32 with 1:45 left in the quarter.
Eunice’s Simeon Ardoin and Bulldog Chase Lalonde exchanged treys before Jon’darius Mayo scored with 22 seconds left to close the gap to 39-37 as the game moved to the final period.
The Bobcats exploded for 13 unanswered points to open the fourth quarter to move ahead, 50-39.
Ardoin scored on consecutive steals followed by buckets by Terrance Shilow, Vigers and a three-point play from Thomas.
After Story scored the only points in the period for the Bulldogs, Eunice sealed the win with a 6-0 run to end the game with drives in the lane by Vigers, Cooper and Fred Guillory.
Cooper led Eunice with 15 points, while Wriborg and Story both scored 12 points to lead the Bulldogs.
After completing tournament action, the Bobcats will host Lake Arthur on Monday.

SEH, 71, Hackberry 45
The Blue Jays jumped out to a 25-5 first quarter advantage as St. Edmund cruised to a 71-45 win over Hackberry.
Henry Brown nailed three treys in the period for the Jays.
Alex Fontenot and Luke Trahan both chipped in five points, while Easten Coleman added four points.
Hackberry regrouped to outscore St. Ed’s 17-16 in the second period to close the halftime deficit to 41-22.
Brown continued to lead the Jays with seven points in the period.
Tanny Beard led Hackberry with six points in the quarter, while Devin Rodrigue chipped in five points.
St. Ed’s continued to control the game with a 22-11 surge in the third period.
Coleman exploded for 13 points in the quarter for the Blue Jays.
Hackberry went on a 12-8 run in the final period, led by a pair of treys by Rodrigue who finished with 16 points.
Henry Brown led St. Ed’s with 21 points, while Coleman contributed 19 points and Ian Dupre added nine points.

Eunice 56, WCA 38
The game opened with an 8-8 tie before the Bobcats took control of the game as Eunice grabbed a 56-38 tournament win over Westminster Christian Academy.
Treylon Cooper drilled two treys and Terrance Shilow added a bucket for the Bobcats.
Sean Spain scored four points for the Crusaders in the opening period.
The two teams battled early in the second period before EHS went on an 11-4 run to grab a six point advantage.
Cooper hit a trey and then added a jumper as EHS moved ahead, 21-17.
Dedric Vigers later converted a three-point play and Shilow ended the half with a trey with 14 seconds left to push EHS ahead, 27-21.
The battle continued in the third frame as the Bobcats outscored WCA, 12-10.
Ardoin’s two three pointers and four points by Shilow helped extend Eunice’s lead to 40-31.
Cooper began the final period with a trey and a lay-up, while Shaun Hudson’s fast-break bucket pushed the Bobcats up, 47-31.
Clarence Arceneaux scored in the lane and Vigers later added two free throws, Braylen Williams hit bucket and Kevin Thomas drilled a trey as EHS led, 56-34.
Cooper led Eunice with 16 points and Shilow chipped in 13 points.
Ardoin finished with nine points.
Brennan Schwartz led WCA with eight points.
After completing tournament action, the Bobcats will host Lake Arthur on Monday.

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