Reserve Christian varsity, girls overwhelm Phoenix teams

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 10, 2002


RESERVE- Both of the Reserve Christian boys and girls teams put a show for their fans this past Tuesday night in Reserve. The boys team destroyed the Phoenix High School Spartans 100-58, while the girls team was equally impressive in defeating the Lady Spartans 66-18. The girls game ended when Phoenix surrendered with 6:33 left to play.

Boys game

The only thing in doubt in the boys game would be whether the Eagles would score 100 points or not. Guard Kevin Branch answered that question with 33 seconds remaining in the game. The eighth-grader nailed a three-point shot to put RCS at the 100 point mark.

Things did not get off to a good start for the Spartans. In the first quarter, Reserve Christian sophomore Marlon Brumfield put down a thunderous dunk that rocked “The Nest” and made the score 6-4 in favor of RCS.

The Eagles went on to outscore the Spartans 16-10 in the quarter.

Demond Carter’s three-pointer with three seconds remaining in the quarter gave Reserve Christian an eight point lead, 22-14.

An 8-0 run to start the second quarter gave the defending Class B state champions a double digit lead at 30-15. Phoenix, however, would not let things get out of hand so quickly before the half.

Two consecutive three-point shots courtesy of point guard Brian Harvey pulled the 1A school to within an 11 point deficit. Another basket by Harvey, at the 1:17 mark, trimmed the Reserve school lead to 36-26.

Trailing 43-26 at the break, Phoenix, which is located in Plaquemines Parish, exchanged baskets on several occasions until about five minutes left in the third quarter.

Then, a 15-0 run by the Eagles broke the game wide open with about 3 minutes left in the third. Four different players scored for RCS during the run.

In addition, Reserve Christian’s defense held the Spartans scoreless for nearly five minutes during the third quarter.

Near the end of the third quarter, Phoenix nailed three straight three-pointers to go on a 9-0 run to end the quarter.

Finally, a 8-0 run during the final period put the game out of reach at 88-50. RCS returns to action Tuesday at home against Carver High School. Tip-off is set for 7:30p.m

Girls game

Trailing 66-18 with 6 minutes left, PHS head coach Arthrene Encalade instructed the referee that she did not want her team to continue playing.

It was difficult right off the bat for the Lady Spartans. The school only dressed out only six players. Consequently, there was only one person at a time the Lady Spartans could substitute.

An 18-4 lead at the end of the first was a sign of things to come for RCS. Six straight points from Randi Donald gave the Eagles a 24-6 lead with 2:55 gone by in the second quarter.

A 24-6 cushion rapidly became a 40-10 lead near halftime. Lady Eagles Angel Arnold, Tiffany Victor, and Trenell Smith each made baskets in the final minute contributing to the lead.

Reserve went on to outscore Phoenix 21-6 in the third quarter. Jayna Morris’ basket put the home team up 61-16 with 1:49 left in the third.

Finally, after Morris hit two foul shots Encalade had seen enough and ordered her team off the court.

The Lady Eagles return to action Monday against Newman with tip-off slated for 6:00p.m.