THE POST-SIGNAL / Chris Quebedeaux
Crowley High’s Marquarius Thorne goes up for a dunk during a recent game. Thorne scored 13 points Monday in the Gents’ 48-45 victory over Elton.
Gents hold off Elton; Ladies come up short
The struggles continued for the Crowley Gents Monday.
Fortunately, unlike the weekend, the Gents were able to overcome their subpar play and slip away from the Elton Indians, 48-45.
The Gents (6-2), who were down two players due to injury, were once again plagued with turnovers (20) and saw their offensive output slowed tremendously in a contest that came down to the wire.
Early on, all signs pointed to a blowout when the Gents raced out to a 14-5 advantage in the opening frame despite the slow pace of the game.
The Indians battled back over the next two frames and outscored the Gents 25-22 to trim the lead to six (36-30) heading into the final stanza.
The Gents pushed the lead back to double figures on a pair of baskets by Jaylon Wiltz to begin the final period but Elton answered with six straight points to get within four (40-36) with just over five minutes remaining.
The hosts then went on a 9-2 run late in the frame and cut the lead to 48-45 with 10 seconds remaining and had a chance to tie it but their 3-point attempt at the buzzer rimmed out.
Demarcus Jack was a thorn in the Gents’ side all night and scored 20 points in the paint to lead the Indians. Sherman Bellow and Xavier Caeser also scored in double figures with 12 and 11 points respectively.
Marquarius Thorne was the only Gent to score in double figures. Coming off the bench, the senior pumped in 13 points despite playing sparingly due to foul trouble.
Bryan Montgomery added nine points in the victory, Braeden Board scored eight and Wiltz, Savoy and Haylen Mouton each scored six.
The CHS Ladies weren’t as fortunate in the opener.
The Lady Indians, last year’s Class 1A state champions, raced out to an early lead and never looked back in a 59-31 victory.
The Ladies (3-5) had no answer for the post play of Summer Ceaser, who dominated the inside with 26 points.
Ceasar and standout Vici Woods combined for 27 points in the first half to help the Lady Indians take a commanding 38-17 lead into the break.
The Lady Indians slowed the pace in the second half and outscored the Ladies 6-4 in the third frame.
The Ladies had their best offensive output of the game in the final frame when they scored 10 points, but it wasn’t enough to erase the early deficit.
Taylor Perkins was the leader for the Ladies with nine points. Myraneika Lastrapes and Tyzaneika Price followed with five points each.
Rounding out the Ladies’ scoring were Kentaysia Wilridge and Akia Richardson with four points each, Caithin Dregin had three and Martayshia Guidry had one.
The Ladies and Gents played host to Ville Platte last night, but results of those games were not available as of press time.
The Ladies return to action Thursday when they entertain Acadiana at 6 p.m. The Gents will be across town taking on North Vermilion in their opening game of the Northside Christian Tournament, also at 6.