LAFAYETTE — Caitlin Davis listened to some praise from her coach and then the Breaux Bridge point guard made it her halfcourt game.
Davis ran her team’s offense like a quarterback and that helped Breaux Bridge take a 53-45 win Friday night in a key girls basketball game at Northside High.
Beaux Bridge girls basketball coach Scott Borel said he talked with Davis just before the Tigers entered the floor as they started the second half with a 27-21 lead.
“I thought what she did for us there in the third quarter and most of the second half is really a sign of maturity on her part,” Borel said. “I told her to just go out there and be the kind of point guard that I know she can be, and I think she did that.”
Davis finished with 18 points and made 10 of her 16 free throws.
That effort was complemented by Jasmine LeBlanc,who led the Tigers with 23.
Breaux Bridge (18-3, 4-0) led Northside (16-6, 2-2) by six at the end of the first quarter. LeBlanc came up big for the Tigers at that point, scoring eight points. During that first period, Northside was bothered by problematic shooting.
The Tigers made only four of 18 field goal attempts. That poor shooting enabled Breaux Bridge to finish the first quarter with a strong 8-2 run.
In the second period, Northside pulled within a point at 20-19 as the Vikings held BBHS without a point for the first 3 minutes, 43 seconds.
BBHS didn’t score its first field goal of the period until LeBlanc covered the length of the floor after a rebound to keep the Tigers in front 24-19.
Northside was still bothered by poor shooting as the Vikings made only three of 12 attempts in the second period.
Davis fed LeBlanc and Destiny Thomas, who broke loose for several layups as Breaux Bridge established a 35-21 lead midway through the period.
Northside cut the lead to seven at 40-33 to start the fourth period, but the Vikings didn’t score again until the 5:55 mark when guard Taciana Ledet hit a 3-pointer.
Ledet scored off another 3-pointer with 2:54 left.
Leblanc scored nine of her points in the fourth quarter, while Davis scored six during the last seven minutes.