St. Thomas More’s 64-48 road victory Friday over Carencro gave the Cougars a 2-0 mark and a leg up in the District 4-4A race.
However, observers shouldn’t overlook Northside (15-7), which kept pace with an impressive 30-point home victory over Opelousas to improve to 2-0 as well going into Tuesday’s home game with Carencro (17-5, 1-1) at 6:45 p.m.
“This will be a big one for both teams,” Northside coach Ross Rix said. “I told the kids once we got to district there weren’t going to be any letups. Every night you have to come to play, or you could get beat.”
Rix credited his team’s current stretch of seven wins in its past nine games to a reduction in the number of players he’s utilized since Christmas. The Vikings, who are led by the 17 points of senior guard Darius Randell and 14 of senior forward Jonte’ Morrison, opened league play with a 61-40 win at Teurlings.
“The kids have found their rhythm,” Rix said. “We kind of shortened the rotation and haven’t played as many people. The kids are getting more minutes and they’ve jelled at the time of year you want to be playing well.”
LAFAYETTE CHRISTIAN (GIRLS) AT VERMILION CATHOLIC: It’s been 2 ½ weeks since Lafayette Christian’s girls suffered their second-worst defeat of the season — falling at home to Vermilion Catholic 55-35.
The Lady Knights (18-7, 7-1) get the opportunity to atone for that defeat and pull even in the District 7-1A standings with a trip to Vermilion Catholic (19-4, 8-0) on Tuesday at 6:45 p.m.
“They’re the defending district champs, and it’s going to be a hard place to win at, but if we want to be district champs it starts Tuesday,” LCA coach Errol Rogers said. “We have to do everything we need to do to win. The first time they beat us. They did a very good job.”
LCA has won five straight games to maintain its district-title hopes, while VC has reeled off seven consecutive wins.
Rogers said a contributing factor in his team’s first-round defeat to VC was the loss of center Regan Lantier with a concussion late in the first quarter.
The Lady Knights secured a 40-28 win over Gueydan in Lantier’s absence but have since welcomed her back into the lineup. Senior guard Ajia Robinson tops the team with an 18-point average followed by sophomore guard Erin Rogers and Lantier at 12 points.
“We were embarrassed. I was embarrassed,” Rogers said of his team’s setback against VC. “(VC coach) Kim (Guidry) does a good job with her kids. I told our kids just because they lost a couple of their good players from last year they were still going to be a good team. Since then we’re more mentally ready for this game.
E.D. WHITE (GIRLS) AT ERATH: Just over a month since their last encounter, Erath’s Lady Bobcats (20-4, 6-1) hosts E.D. White (19-1, 7-0) in a pivotal District 8-3A game on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Erath fell 49-42 in Thibodaux in which its three top players — Monette Bolden, Gabby Harrington and Alexis Lege — all fouled out.
“We’re definitely looking forward to it,” said Erath coach Andrea Bernard, who did not accompany her team after the birth of her daughter the week before. “We’ve been working hard and having some real good practices in preparation for the game.”
Erath has responded to that loss with eight consecutive wins, including the last five in district play which have been by at least 15 points.
Bolden leads the Lady Bobcats with more than 20 points a game with Lege scoring 13 and Harrington 10.
“There is a lot riding on this one game,” Bernard said. “It will be fun. The girls are ready and I think our crowd’s ready to come out and support us as well.”