Running its record to 18-0 on the season, Mandeville’s girls basketball team had no problems against Fontainebleau in a 60-23 win Tuesday night on the road.
The top-ranked team in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10 girls basketball rankings, Mandeville (18-0, 2-0) was led by Elise Reilly with a game-high 21 points. Shantel Short had 10 and Taylor Dardar had nine off the bench.
Fontainebleau (11-7, 0-2) was led by Hailey Cole, who had nine points. Allison Gohagan had six.
Mandeville took control of the game from the opening tip. Reilly scored the first nine points. The senior guard combined with Short to score all 17 of Mandeville’s points in the first quarter. Mandeville shut out the Bulldogs 17-0 in the opening quarter.
Fontainebleau got on the board with 7:28 left in the second quarter on a jumper by Ciera Daniels.
“Take nothing away from Fontainebleau who played hard,” Reilly said. “But our biggest focus was to try and stay mentally focused in a game that we were expected to win. When you are in that role, you have to immediately come out and show with your actions on the court that you are the team that is going to win. That is why we came out and played hard from the opening tip.”
Gohagan scored six of the eight points for the Bulldogs in the second period.
“We knew we had to keep on them,” Reilly said. “You don’t want to give your opponent any thought that they could come back and win the game. We were able to do that tonight.”
Mandeville coach Melissa Weinmunson took out several of her starters midway through the second quarter, but the Skippers lead scontinued to grow. A 3-pointer by SaraJane Ladut pushed the Mandeville lead to 29-4 with 3:20 left in the half.
Re-inserting her starters to begin the second half, Reilly and Johnson helped Mandeville open the third quarter on a 10-0 run to push the lead to 43-8 with 3:42 to go in the third quarter.
The Mandeville defense was again stifling, holding Fontainebleau to a bucket by Kayla Torregano with 2:53 left in the third.
Mandeville rested their starters the entire fourth quarter.
The only unbeaten girls basketball team in Class 5A, the Skippers are also ranked as the top team in the state and 31st nationally according to the MaxPreps.
Despite all the accolades being thrown at her team through their first 18 games, Reilly her team’s only focus is on their next opponent.
“Don’t get me wrong, it’s hard to not read good stuff about your team online or in the newspaper,” she said. “But we can’t let that stuff get to our heads because the minute that happens, that is when things start messing up.”