Not much has changed since Breaux Bridge’s landmark 49-41 road victory against St. Thomas More just over three weeks ago.
The Lady Tigers realize in order to reach another milestone — unseating the Lady Cougars from their traditional District 5-4A perch — they must replicate the same feat.
“We’re confident, but not overconfident because we know they’re a good team,” Breaux Bridge girls assistant Scotty Borel said. “We want to play the same game, or a little better than we played over there. We’re at home, and you’ve got to defend your home court.”
Breaux Bridge (25-3, 11-0) gets the opportunity to annex the school’s first District 5-4A title since 1998 and second overall, hosting St. Thomas More (20-5, 9-1) at approximately 6:15 on Tuesday.
“We have an opportunity to win a share of the district in their home gym,” STM coach Stephen Strojny said. “I know they’re excited, so it will be a playoff atmosphere. We’re excited to go into the playoffs with two really big games.”
STM is hoping to hold onto to its stranglehold on the league, which includes 18 district titles, needing wins over both Breaux Bridge and Teurlings Catholic at home on Friday.
Should such a scenario play out, Strojny said there would be a special playoff game Saturday at a neutral site between STM and Breaux Bridge to determine the league’s champion.
“I expected us to be where we are,” Strojny said. “That was to contend for the district title and go into the playoffs with the opportunity to be ranked fourth in the state. I’m pleased with where we are.”
Breaux Bridge gained the inside track to the 5-4A crown, finally taking its first lead of the game over STM midway through the fourth quarter in a 49-41 victory.
The Lady Tigers are in the midst of an impressive 16-game win streak and have only lost at home twice this season and not since the Thanksgiving holidays.
“We had three goals in mind which was to win 20 games,” Borel said. “We wanted to compete for the district championship and get by the first round of the playoffs because we’ve lost in the first round the last three years. It is one of the biggest games in the history of the school and for this program.”
With a 25-point average, senior Jasmine LeBlanc of Breaux Bridge is one the Acadiana area’s leading scorers to go along with 12 rebounds per game. Junior point guard Caitlin Davis averages 15 points and nine assists with Justice Price giving the Lady Tigers another capable scoring threat.
STM counters with freshman point guard Megan Abrams at 16 points, forward Bailey Hemphill (10) and guard Allison Howard (8).
“Our girls have played in big games before, so they’re not going to be nervous,” Strojny said. “They’re more interested in redeeming themselves because they were embarrassed with how they played last (Breaux Bridge) game.”