Behind strong defensive again, Mandeville defeated Fontainebleau 42-28 in District 6-5A action Tuesday night.
The No. 10 team in the latest Advocate Super 10 rankings, Mandeville (17-9, 7-3) was led by Elise Reilly’s game-high 16 points and Madison Futrell’s eight points.
Fontainebleau fell to 20-7 and 6-3 in district. The Bulldogs were led by Jaclyn and Jenna Scholvin who combined for 18 points.
The Bulldogs got as close as 21-16 in the third quarter after a technical foul was called on the Mandeville bench.
Down 30-20 to start the fourth quarter, Fontainebleau started the period on a 6-2 run to cut the lead to 32-24 with 5:22 left.
The Bulldogs came back again to cut the lead to 32-28 with 3:10 remaining. This time after an intentional foul call against Mandeville. Kayla Torregano hit a pair of free throws.
That was Fontainebleau’s last points of the game as Mandeville closed with a 10-0 run, all from the free-throw line.
“Our defense really paced us tonight,” Reilly said.
“We made shots when we had to and at the end of the game you are suppose to hit your free throws, and we were able to do that to beat a good Fontainebleau team. This was a big win for us.
“We knew the biggest key for us was to stop Jaclyn Scholvin, and we were able to prevent her from getting to the paint as much as she has done against previous opponents.”
Falling behind 10-7 with 1:41 to go in the opening quarter on a 3-pointer by Jenna Scholvin, Mandeville reeled off a 7-0 run to take a 14-10 lead on a bucket by Jaz Menina.
The lead grew to 20-12 in the second quarter on buckets by Janeica Menina and a pair of baskets by Reilly. Outscoring Fontainebleau 8-2 in the quarter, the Bulldogs lone points of the second period came on a bucket by Ciera Daniels at the 5:31 mark.
“Our coaching staff prepared us all week heading into this game about how physical the game was going to be,” Madison Futrell said.
“It went down exactly like that. It was a rough one out there, and we knew if we could be dominate inside that we would have the chance to come away with a win and sweep the season series against them.
“It was a big win for us and we are striving to finish out the regular season without a loss.”
Mandeville’s win gives them a sweep of the season series against Fontainebleau and also puts the Skippers in sole possession of second place in 6-5A behind district-leading Ponchatoula.
“We have had our two games against Ponchatoula,” Reilly said.
“Our goal and we believe we can achieve it is to win out and get as high in the power rankings as we possibly can to get a first-round game at home.”