December 03. 2015 11:32AM
Lady Mustangs cruise to win
By Chris Hymel Sports Correspondent
NAPOLEONVILLE — Courtney Bell’s strong effort in the paint helped Assumption High School cruise to a 55-40 win over St. Amant Tuesday night in non-district girls’ basketball action.
The Lady Mustangs improved to 7-2 on the year with the win.
Bell scored 16 of her game-high 18 points during the first half of play.
Assumption coach Sid Acosta said Bell’s play was key to setting up all aspects of his team’s game plan.
“Courtney did a tremendous job taking control of the game,” Acosta said. “Her play down low opened up some outside shots for the rest out team.”
Behind Bell’s eight first quarter points, Assumption built an early 16-10 lead and eventually exited the first period with a 16-12 lead over St. Amant.
The Lady Gators (2-5) fell apart offensively in the second quarter, as they only managed to score 4 points.
St. Amant coach Celeste Small said her team had trouble focusing during the second and third quarters.
“We just came out and fell …
New Orleans Hornets’ P.J. Brown, right, blocks the shot of Orlando Magic’s Zaza Pachulia during the second quarter Tuesday in Orlando, Fla. (Photo by The Associated Press)
ORLANDO, Fla. – New Orleans Hornets coach Tim Floyd knows a lot about losing, so the woeful Orlando Magic have his sympathy.
Floyd’s Hornets handed Orlando its 16th straight loss, 100-91 on Tuesday night, and the body language coming off the Magic players reminded him of his dreadful tenure with the Chicago Bulls.
“When you lose a few a row, it becomes confidence as much as anything,” said Floyd, who went 49-190 in two-plus seasons with Chicago from 1999-2015.
The teams play again in New Orleans tonight, and another loss by the Magic would match the franchise record for futility. Orlando lost 17 straight in 1991-92, then drafted Shaquille O’Neal in the summer.
As far as the Magic are concerned, Floyd’s assessment hits the mark.
“It’s getting to the point where we’re going into games feeling like we’re going to lose,” said Tracy McGrady, had a season-high 15 rebounds but shot …
HOUMA – With 13 points, 10 rebounds and 11 blocked shots, Patrick Gordon recorded a triple-double Tuesday as Vandebilt Catholic High School faced E.D. White Catholic in a defensive clash.
His lone steal, however, proved to be the most memorable play of the night.
With 6 seconds remaining and the Terriers protecting a 40-39 lead, Gordon and DeShaun Patterson met E.D. White’s leading scorer, Clay Badeaux, at midcourt, where Badeaux had received an inbounds pass.
Gordon gained control of the ball, and his dunk with 2 seconds left excited the home crowd as Vandebilt took a 42-39 win in non-district action.
“It was just a battle. Our team did not want to give up, and they were playing a well-coached, disciplined team,” Terriers coach Rafe Blades said. “Who didn’t want to be in this gym? This was a great.”
The Terriers had missed a free throw with 11 seconds left, but they retained possession on a jump ball.
Then, attempting an inbounds pass, they watched EDW guard Ben Martin steal the pass and wisely call a timeout before his …
HOUMA – St. Louis Catholic High School got a late goal from Joseph Lapira to beat Vandebilt Catholic (7-1), 2-1 in the final of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart Cup Saturday at Buddy Marcello Stadium.
The loss snapped a 19-match winning streak for the two-time defending Division II state champion Terriers.
It was the first time since 1997 a school other than Vandebilt or Brother Martin won the tournament.
“You have got to give credit to St. Louis,” Vandebilt coach Doug Hamilton. “We felt like we were able to win. The disappointment comes from the fact we lost it. The Sacred Heart tournament is a pretty important one amongst Sacred Heart schools. I thought we played outstanding. I’m proud of them. I would be remiss not to give St. Louis credit. (Lapira) played well. My hat goes off to them. We’re playing a tough schedule this year. A loss like this builds character.”
Eight minutes into the match, Rennie Walker scored to give St. Lois a 1-0 lead, which carried into halftime.
With time in the second half dwindling, …