With a roster that includes seven players who are either freshmen or sophomores, Broadmoor High girls basketball coach Terrence Gillette knew his team needed to do something take control.
So Gillette told the Bucs to rely on their defense once again on Wednesday night.
Broadmoor played a mixture of three defenses and held East Ascension scoreless in one quarter while claiming a 40-19 victory over the Spartans in the title game of its Jewell S. Kelly Memorial Invitational.
“I think our defense set the tone in all three games we played,” Gillette said. “With a young team like this one, that’s a good place to start.”
Honchea Thornton scored a game-high 11 points and Shantrell Lumar added eight to power the Bucs (3-0). Jaynice Aguillard, who also finished with eight points, led East Ascension (2-1). One of the BHS youngsters, sophomore Mikayla Crockett, was selected the tourney MVP.
“I think we played pretty good,” Crockett said. “We played team ball, especially on defense.
“We’ve got to work on some things. We need to cut down on our turnovers for sure. This is a good start.”
The three-day tournament held at Broadmoor featured three games on Wednesday, including the title game. The tourney was named in honor of Kelly, the first black administrator in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, who came to Broadmoor in 1971 as an assistant principal.
Broadmoor opened the game with a 6-0 run that included two baskets by Thornton.
East Ascension didn’t score until the 4:34 mark of the first quarter when Aguillard sank a 3-pointer from the left wing.
The Bucs scored six of the final eight points in the period. A jumper from the left corner by Cinnamon Hankton sent Broadmoor into the second quarter with a 12-5 lead.
Moe’isha Bernard’s 3-pointer from the left baseline got East Ascension on the board first in the second quarter. Broadmoor scored the next 10 points.
Lumar’s no look pass to Crockett on the left wing led to a 3-pointer that made it 20-8 with 1:53 to go in the half. Lumar scored the final points of the half on a drive down the lane with 12.3 seconds left.
The Bucs added 11 points to their halftime lead in the third quarter.
East Ascension did not score in the quarter, struggling to make shots against Broadmoor’s 1-3-1 zone defense. BHS also played a 2-3 zone and man-to-man defense during the game.
Broadmoor led 31-12 going into the final quarter. Erica Teschke scored the first two baskets of the fourth quarter to push Broadmoor’s lead past 20 points. Defense was also a key point for East Ascension coach Dennis Chandler.
“We’re extremely young,” Chandler said. “Out of this group of 16 players, tonight’s game was the third varsity game for 10. But that’s no excuse. We didn’t play defense or rebound well enough to stay in it. We’ll learn from this.”
INDEPENDENCE 50, PORT ALLEN 27: Independence extended its seven-point halftime lead by outscoring PAHS 28-12 in the second half of the third-place game.
Ordaisha Coston scored 11 of her game-high 21 points in the second half for the Tangipahoa Parish-based Tigers. Ireyon Keith added 14 for the Tigers.
J’Myrehea Douglas finished with 15 points to pace Port Allen.
BARBE 40, POINTE COUPEE CENTRAL 21: Lake Charles-based Barbe High outscored Pointe Coupee Central 27-11 in the second half of the consolation final that opened Wednesday’s action.
Sarah Grevemberg scored a game-high 19 points for Barbe, including 15 in the second half. Grevemberg scored nine field goals in the game and was the only player for either team to reach double figures. PCC’s Aneisha Davis and Barbe’s Aeriyl Mass each had seven points.