The Teurlings Catholic High School girls’ basketball team will get a chance to take on and scope out the talent surrounding it this week as it hosts its annual tournament that will feature seven other Acadiana-area teams.
The Lady Rebels (3-5) have struggled to find a rhythm early in the season, losing five games, three of which they dropped by six points or fewer and all of which were winnable games, according to Teurlings coach Joe Heintz.
“We’re 3-5 so far this season, and we’ve been in every ballgame we’ve played,” Heintz said. “We could easily be 6-2 right now. We’re just trying to figure out a way to get over the hump, and we’d love to win three games this weekend at our own tournament.”
Aside from being an opportunity for exposure and to play against good talent, Heintz said it provides the Lady Rebels with an opportunity to play at home for just the second time this season and scout some of their future opponents from a comfortable setting.
The action will tip off at 3 p.m. Thursday with a contest between Northside, which has off to one of the fastest starts in the state with a record of 12-1, and Cecilia, which is riding a three-game winning streak after a disappointing 0-3 performance in the Lafayette Christian Tournament a couple of weeks ago.
“That should be a good matchup. They were district foes for several years before changing districts this season, so they are familiar with each other,” Heintz said. “Northside has a really good team, and Cecilia’s not bad. So it should be a pretty good matchup.”
Teurlings Catholic will play its first contest of the tournament at 6 p.m. against Hanson (1-4), and its second round will pit the Lady Rebels against either Port Barre, which is participating in its first tournament this season, or Comeaux, in what would be a rematch of the two squads’ Dec. 1 contest, which the Lady Spartans won 51-48.
Heintz said he would welcome another opportunity to take on Comeaux and Lafayette Christian, two teams in the tournament that beat the Lady Rebels.
“If it happens it happens,” Heintz said. “All of those losses were really competitive. … If we get to play them again, then great; but if not, we’ll play whoever we have to.”
In the tournament’s final game Thursday, Notre Dame will take on Lafayette Christian.
The Lady Pios (2-4) have struggled offensively early in the season, averaging just less than 30 points per game.
Lafayette Christian (5-2), on the other hand, has posted more than 60 points in two wins this season, but struggled against Carencro and St. Thomas More in two of its past three games, scoring a combined 49 points in its two losses.
“Notre Dame is in a bit of a rebuilding year this year, but historically, they have been really good. And Lafayette Christian has emerged as one of the best teams in this area, so that should be another good one,” Heintz said.