Published 12:00 am Monday, March 16, 1998

By Michael Kiral / L’Observateur / March 16, 1998

RESERVE – The Reserve Christian Lady Eagles closed out a successful three-year run by placing third in the Louisiana Christian Schools Athletic Association tournament the weekend of Feb. 27-March 1 in Baton Rouge.The Lady Eagles defeated Assembly of New Iberia, 40-21, in the consolation game. Reserve Christian jumped out to a 15-3 lead at the endof the first quarter behind three 3-pointers by Jessica Dufrene and never looked back. Assembly closed to within 20-12 at halftime, but the LadyEagles pulled away in the third quarter, taking a 32-17 cushion into the final quarter.

Coach Raymond Goodman played the seniors the whole way in their final contest. Dufrene, one of those seniors, scored a team-high 17 points.Tassie Allemond added eight points in the victory.

Reserve Christian had fallen to Northside Christian, 47-27, in the semifinals. Northside held the Lady Eagles scoreless in grabbing a 15-0advantage after the first quarter of play. It was the first time this seasonthe Lady Eagles were held without a point in a quarter.

Reserve Christian rallied to pull to within four in the third quarter, but Northside took advantage of the energy the Lady Eagles had to use to get that close to pull away in the fourth quarter. Dufrene led the Lady Eagles’effort with 14 points.

Houma Christian defeated Northside by a basket in the finals to win the championship.

The Lady Eagles completed the season at 15-6 overall. Dufrene andAllemond were selected first team all-state, while Kristen Loupe and Amber Keller were named to the second team. Dufrene’s selection was thethird straight year she was named first team all-state after being named to the second team her freshman year.

Reserve Christian won the state championship in 1996 and placed second last season. The Lady Eagles will move to the Louisiana High SchoolAthletic Association in the 1998-99 school year and compete in Class B.

“The season went well,” Goodman said. “I am happy with them. It was agood three years.”

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