Local squads duke it out at tourney

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 28, 2008


Sports Editor

Two local teams squared off and three competed in all at the Battle on the Bayou girls basketball tournament at the Alario Center this week.

St. Charles topped Reserve Christian 52-25 on Tuesday in the only meeting between rival St. John Parish schools.

The Comets finished tournament play with a 2-2 record. Reserve finished its tournament with a 1-2 record, while Riverside, meanwhile, fell in all three of its games.

Brooke Becker led St. Charles with 25 points in the win over Reserve. Jen Julian added eight and Dominique DiCarlo chipped in seven.

Raven Campbell led Reserve with eight points. Kelly Crews scored five. Jamie Boldin and Jermani Thompson each added four.

St. Charles (3-2) jumped to an early 18-4 advantage after a quarter, and held firm defensively from there — the Comets held the Eagles in single digits for each of the four quarters.

“They brought a lot of speed, more than we’ve seen so far,” said Reserve Coach Richard Englander.

Reserve began the tournament with a close win over De La Salle on Sunday night, 31-28.

Raven Campbell led the way with 10 points. Jamie Boldin scored nine.

But the win was costly — Eagles’ point guard Daysha Blount, the team’s leading scorer in 2007, went down with an ankle injury in the first half and missed the remainder of the tournament.

“We had to shift some of our players around into new positions,” Englander said. “(Boldin and Campbell) took the lead for us and played some awesome defense. Kelly Crews gave us some excellent post play. The girls hit the boards and we really only gave them one shot each time down.”

Reserve trailed 15-13 at halftime, but outscored De La Salle 19-12 in the second half to take the win.

Contrarily, on Tuesday Northlake Christian got the better of Reserve, winning 48-21 after jumping out to a 22-5 halftime advantage.

Kelsey Joseph led Reserve with 11. Crews scored seven.

St. Charles, meanwhile, captured a victory over Ridgewood (0-2) on Sunday, 42-31, to open its tournament. But the Comets took their first loss of the season against Hosanna Christian (9-3), 31-25 on Tuesday, then lost to St. Scholastica 62-50 on Wednesday.

Riverside (0-4) fell to Sacred Heart 41-17 to open its tournament on Sunday. The Rebels lost to St. Martin’s 46-24 on Tuesday and to St. Amant 59-27.

EAGLES FALL TO PEARL RIVER: Reserve fell behind Pearl River 24-4 after a quarter on Friday night before falling to the Rebels 70-27 in a non-district game.

Blount and Campbell each scored nine points to lead Reserve.