LAFAYETTE — Breaux Bridge girls basketball coach Scott Borel likes to keep things simple — if you have good players at your disposal, get them the ball.
That much was evident early, as Jasmine LeBlanc and Caitlin Davis combined to score 12 rapid points in the opening minutes of the Tigers’ 61-43 win on the road against Teurlings Catholic (12-13, 5-4). Breaux Bridge (23-3, 9-0) remained perfect in district play with the win.
“You always try to look to get the ball to your best players’ hands,” Borel said. “The game is very simple in my opinion, and when you have two good players like they are, we try to set the tone by letting them get ahead and get their feet on the ground so we can build off that.”
With a lead that swelled to 10 less than two minutes into the game, the Tigers never trailed and led by as many as 26 points in the fourth quarter.
Breaux Bridge forced turnovers on the Rebels’ first three possessions, each of which ended with a fast-break bucket by either LeBlanc or Davis. A Davis 3-pointer gave the Tigers a 10-0 lead in a blink.
Teurlings weathered the storm after Breaux Bridge sprinted out to an early lead, but could never put together a big run to cut into the Tigers’ lead. The closest the Rebels got was nine points before Breaux Bridge built its lead back up again.
LeBlanc took over offensively in the second quarter, scoring the Tigers’ first 10 points of the period, most of which came when she used her athleticism to attack the basket.
But the score may have been more lopsided if LeBlanc found her touch earlier. The Louisiana Tech commitment had several good looks at the basket in the opening quarter, but couldn’t get them to fall.
“I had to get on her for a second,” Borel said. “She kind of went to a different (shooting) form. I kind of got back on her at halftime and said, ‘You can’t change your shot, you have to keep the same rhythm.’ She found her touch, and she shot the ball well in the second half.”
LeBlanc finished with a game-high 33 points. Davis cooled a bit after an eight-point first quarter, but still finished with a solid 14 points.
Teurlings opened the third quarter on a 7-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer from guard Reagan Duhon who finished with a team-high 14 points.
But Breaux Bridge responded by turning back to what it knew worked. LeBlanc scored 15 points during a 26-10 Tigers’ run to effectively put the game away.
“We can kind of go in full speed and go on cruise control — which is not a good thing to do all the time — but our athleticism tonight was a little overwhelming for some of these young ladies, and I think it took over the game when we needed it to,” Borel said.