Lady Cats squeak by Tigers

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 5, 2005


Sports Writer

RESERVE- &#8220We’re continuing to play harder as a young team with Willie Lago stepping up and displaying great leadership.” Coach Julien Charles said after Tuesday night’s narrow (6-1) Wildcat victory over the Thibodaux Tigers, 71-70.

After the start of the second quarter, ESJ maintained a slight points margin over the Tigers. The Wildcats were able to stretch their lead to eight points for the better part of the second and third quarters, with Lago, Vincent Stewart, and Jammon Kenner all scored on three-point goals during the second quarter, and Trenton Marshall scored 10 points during the third quarter. Thibodaux’s attempted rally in the fourth quarter by taking the lead with 5:45 remaining in the game, was quickly shattered as Lago exploded and led the offense to reclaim the points lead until the sound of the final buzzer.

With 14 seconds left in the game, Brandon Neal sealed the victory for the Wildcats by hitting both of his free throws expanding the lead by enough of a margin that the Tigers needed a miracle to comeback and win the close-knit game.

Marshall displayed precision accuracy by hitting 18 points, along with six rebounds and one block. Kenner scored 11 points, seven rebounds, and one overpowering block that shook the Wildcat gymnasium. Stewart scored 10 points while, Lacardio Joseph and Lago dazzled onlookers combining for seven steals.

&#8220We’re getting better every game as the players are taking on major roles to prepare for district play.” Charles said, as the Wildcat will prepare to meet Dutchtown in the St. Amant Tournament. On Monday, December 5th, ESJ will host Demond &#8220Tweetie” Carter and the Reserve Christian Eagles.

&#8220This is the game the community has been waiting for years to happen. We’re really looking forward to play against one of the nation’s top ranked point guards,” Charles said of the upcoming game.