CROWLEY – Kaplan’s Pirates weathered the storm in the first quarter, but in the end, they found themselves blown away by the Crowley Gents in a non-district game Tuesday .
After rallying from an early deficit to tie the game, the Pirates were swept away by the Gents over the final three quarters, resulting in a 77-48 CHS victory.
The Gents (9-6) went on a 15-2 run in the second quarter to pull away from the Pirates and then outscored Kaplan 47-31 in the second half to walk away with the victory in front of a packed house at the CHS gym.
“We picked up the pressure a little bit in the second quarter and we were able to extend our lead,” said Crowley coach Derrick Boone following the contest. “We were trying to force the ball inside in the first half and we had a couple of turnovers. Once we started working the ball around a little bit, good things happened.”
Crowley’s perimeter game broke the game open in the second quarter when Therion Beverly connected on three straight 3-pointers to start the frame. He also had a key steal following his third long ball that led to a Jerrel Andrus layup, giving the Gents a 26-17 advantage. Andrus finished the night with 20 points.
“Therion got pretty hot early,” said Boone. “I told him to run the offense, penetrate, play some defense and get warmed up. Once he makes the first shot and I know that he’s on. I pretty much give him the green light after that.”
Crowley’s size and defense also played huge roles in the run by forcing numerous turnovers and not giving up uncontested shots.
“The second quarter really killed us,” said Kaplan coach Jeff Davis, whose team fell to 9-11. “We had to go man-to-man and we just didn’t have the size. We’re usually a pretty good shooting team so we can stay in the zone (defense) because we’re in the game. But once they broke it open... And we couldn’t press them because they were just too quick.
“Tonight was just one of those nights and it snowballed on us.”
Crowley continued its offensive charge in the second half, outscoring the Pirates 24-17 in the third quarter and 23-14 in the fourth.
Michael Harmon followed Beverly and Andrus with 10 points while Henterrio Guidry had eight. Kaleb Cormier and Thedrick Mouton each added four points, Donavon Morris scored three and Donovan Montgomery and D’Myrus Daniels each finished with two.
Kaplan was led by Mark Constable with 19 points and Kegan Boudreaux with 14.
The CHS Ladies (5-9) weren’t as fortunate in the opener, thanks mainly to Kaplan standout Tina Roy.
Roy torched the nets for 42 points in the Lady Pirates’ 46-42 victory over the Ladies.
Crowley looked to take a 22-19 lead into the half before Roy tied the game at buzzer on a 3-pointer from half court. She had 18 points in the first half while Kiana Lenard had four.
It was all Roy in the second half - literally. She scored all eight of the Lady Pirate’s points in the third quarter and all 16 in the fourth.
She finished the game with six 3-pointers and had 22 points from inside the arch while also going 2-for-2 from the free throw line.
Mercedes Rogers led the Ladies with 21 points while Isis Broussard had nine. Sara Woodard pitched in four points, Kyra Wilridge and Bianca Anderson each had three and Karen Citizen had two.