Back to their winning ways, East St. John girls beat South Lafourche on the road

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 24, 2005


Sports Editor

The lull at East St. John is over.

After an uncharacteristic losing streak, including two shocking losses at home, the Lady Wildcats got back to their winning ways Tuesday night when they dismantled South Lafourche on the road 49-31.

Nikkita Hutchinson led the Lady Wildcats with 10 points and Randi Donald had eight.

With the win, head coach Tony Giordano’s team is now 17-14 overall and 6-3 in district play.

Outscoring South Lafourche 17-6 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach, Giordano was happy with his team’s defensive performance.

“We played well,” Giordano said. “We were only up by four at the half and really turned it on in the second half. We went full-court man-to-man defensively in the first half and came out in the second half and changed it to a zone. We really kept them off balance, especially in the third quarter.

“It allowed us to get some steals and get our running game going and that led to some easy baskets.”

Going up against an under-matched South Lafourche squad, Giordano said the Lady Wildcat talent just proved to be too much.

“I’d like to think it was the coaching,” Giordano joked. “Once it became a full-court game and we got into a running game with them, our speed and athletic ability really started to take over, particularly in the big third quarter.”

With the first half of district play nearing its conclusion, Giordano said his team must step it up in the second half if they hope to make the playoffs.

“The kind of year that we are having, there really isn’t an easy part of the schedule,” Giordano said. “We have to go no worse than 5-3 in the second half of district play.

“Some of these games we have coming up are games that we should win and we have to win. We have to get on a roll because there is no more tomorrow, it’s the second half of district play and we have to pile up the wins.”