VILLE PLATTE – St. Edmund’s Lady Jays improved their record with two wins before a loss to Ville Platte in the Sacred Heart Turkey Tournament over the Thanksgiving week.
“I think we’re making progress,” Lady Jay Coach Louise Johnson said after the tournament. “We’ve just got to get some more practice in, but we’re definitely making progress.”
On Monday, the Lady Jays took the lead in the first quarter to overpower the hosting Lady Trojans 46-39.
St. Ed took a 12-6 lead in the first quarter, and expanded it to 25-16 by halftime.
In the third quarter, the Lady Jays extended their lead by four more points, but in the final quarter, the Lady Trojans pushed back, outscoring St. Ed 19-13, narrowing the Lady Jays’ lead, but not enough to steal the win.
Senior Leah Andrus led the Lady Jays in scoring with 18 point, including two three-point shots and eight goals from the charity line.
Ashley Miller chipped in 12 points towards the Lady Jays’ first win of the season.
Kinzey Franks led the Lady Trojans in scoring with 19 points, including five goals from behind the three-point line.
On Tuesday, the Lady Jays added another win with an impressive 42-36 victory over 6-1A rival North Cental, generally a district powerhouse in basketball.
The Lady Jays finished the first quarter with a 14-8 lead, and maintained the six-point lead when the first half closed with a 21-15 St. Ed advantage.
The Lady Hurricanes, led by Quinesha Coleman with four third-quarter field goals, narrowed the Lady Jays’ lead to 29-27 before the final chapter.
Three field goals from Victoria Lejeune in the final quarter helped the Lady Jays extend their lead for the win.
St. Ed’s win was secured by contributions from a number of players, but Miller led the way with 11 points, followed by Lejeune with eight.
Despite the loss, Coleman led the game in scoring with 15 points; Shaquandra Butler followed with 12 points.
The Lady Jays wrapped up tournament play with a loss to Ville Platte the day before Thanksgiving, dropping a 46-31 decision to the Lady Bulldogs.
Ville Platte came soaring out of the gate, Rhonda Frank with a field goal, two three-point shots and two free throws to help give the Lady Dogs a 19-3 lead by the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Dogs extended their lead in the second quarter, closing the first half with a 35-11 advantage.
The Lady Jays began to play catchup in the second half, with two field goals and two free throws from Victoria Lejeune helping St. Ed to outscore Ville Platte 12-7 in the third quarter.
The Lady Jays closed the point gap by four more points in the final quarter, but it was too little, too late help against the Lady Dogs’ first-half advantage.
Frank led the game in scoring with 14 points, followed by Heidi Smith with 13 points.
Andrus and Lejeune both led St. Ed’s scoring effort, with each contributing 11 points towards the Lady Jays’ total.
On Monday, the Lady Jays will have the opportunity to play on a college court as St. Edmund hosts Opelousas Catholic at the LSU at Eunice basketball court at 5:15 p.m.