Destrehan forces 5-5A tie-breaker with win

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 21, 2007


Sports Editor

DESTREHAN – Tim Molten opened scoring for Destrehan at the DHS gym in last Friday night’s district showdown with East St. John Friday night where the St. Charles Parish Wildcats were never really threatened by the visiting Wildcat squad, as the home team stole a share of the 5-5A title. East St. John, in search of their first district title, instead will share the championship with Destrehan.

The win for DHS forced a playoff game that was set to take place Monday night at ESJ. But due to holiday deadline constraints, the results of that tie-breaker will not be available until Saturday’s edition.

Friday night’s game was all about Destrehan though, as the Fighting Wildcats regained a foothold in the district standings after being upset by Hahnville last week, giving ESJ sole possession of the 5-5A lead.

It started off fast for the home team with their strongest quarter of the game coming in the first eight minutes of play. Molten put Destrehan on the scoreboard first and never looked back as ESJ had trouble with their perimeter shooting all night long.

Dwayne Brown helped to set a strong defensive tone for Destrehan with a pair of blocks on one ESJ possession, and another one just a minute later as DHS ran ahead to an 11-0 lead with 4:54 left in the first quarter.

Trenton Marshall tried to spark his ESJ squad on the defensive side with a monster block, and then turned right around and hit a three pointer on the other side of the court.

But Molten knocked down a pair of three pointers, to tame the ESJ burst.

The rest of the game was a catch-up contest by East St. John, mostly led by Marshall with his team-leading 18 points. Destrehan meanwhile, had a balanced attack that featured three double digit scorers – Molten with 22, along with Brown and Roosevelt Johnson with 12 each.

The win puts both squads at 6-2 in district this year. Destrehan’s overall record goes to 23-10 while ESJ moves to 27-9.