BOURG -- Forcing turnovers and driving the ball inside was the key for the South Terrebonne girls basketball team in Tuesday's 39-21 win over St. Charles Catholic.
"We had a really good first half," South Terrebonne coach Nick Cenac said. "I found we didn't finish the game well, and I was heated on the sideline. We have to play four quarters of basketball."
Four points from Pylar Zeringue was the difference as St. Charles (2-2 overall) led 6-2 with 2:53 remaining in the first.
The Lady Comets' next six possessions, however, ended in turnovers, and South Terrebonne went on an 8-0 run, including two baskets for Chloe Fleming, to lead 10-6 after one.
"We're not a team that has a lot of scorers," St. Charles coach Kathy Luke said. "(South Terrebonne) were a little bit bigger than we were inside, and we struggled to get the ball inside to our post players."
The Lady Gators held St. Charles scoreless in the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Comets 13-0.
Turnovers on St. Charles' first three possessions of the half led to a lay-up for Lexie Maddox and two for Allie Maddox.
"For some reason, my girls have to get familiar with the other team," Cenac said. "Once they get comfortable, we start to do the things we want to do"
Four minutes passed without either side scoring, but Fleming (13 points) broke the drought with a left-wing 3-pointer and followed it with a long jumper.
One final transition lay-up off a steal for Allie Maddox (10 points) meant South Terrebonne went into the half leading 23-6.
The Lady Gators once again held the Lady Comets scoreless in the third quarter, but South Terrebonne could only manage five points of their own. The lead stood at 28-6 heading to the fourth quarter.
"Defense has been our thing this year," Cenac said. "We've done a phenomenal job. Our goal is to try to keep teams under 50 points. We've been doing that. We did a really good job."
Tyler Lennix hit a free-throw to end the 20:04 scoring drought for St. Charles. The score led to an 8-0 run for the Lady Comets.
A steal led to a basket for Allie Maddox which ended the run, and South Terrebonne were able to see out the final four minutes of a 39-21 victory.
With the win, South Terrebonne improves to 9-1 on the season, surpassing its win total from the 2015-16 season.
"Taking this job, I felt like we could be competitive," Cenac said. "If I'd have told you we'd be 9-1, I'd have been lying. It's the sense of pride this team is starting to have. It's a good core group of girls, and they've worked their butts off to get to this point."
GIRLS BASKETBALL CAPSULES
THIBODAUX 66, JEANERETTE 34 (at Jeanerette, nondistrict game)
Statistical leaders: Thibodaux -- Bren’naisa Adams (16 points), Courtney Clark (12 points), Ja’Mya Holmes (eight points).
Records: Thibodaux (6-4 overall); Jeanerette (3-6 overall).
H.L. BOURGEOIS 49, BERWICK 31 (at Berwick, nondistrict game)
Statistical leaders: HLB -- Daphne Gasery (14 points), Destiny Shelby (13 points), Nashalie Dominguez (11 points).
Records: HLB (5-2 overall); Berwick (0-6 overall).
PATTERSON 44, CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 41 (at Patterson, nondistrict game)
Score by quarters: Patterson led 10-5 after the first quarter, 24-20 at halftime and 35-32 at the end of the third quarter.
Statistical leaders: Central Lafourche -- Taylor Hodson (11 points), Chloe Babin (10 points) and Deanne Schouest (eight points).
Records: Central Lafourche (3-6 overall); Patterson (3-2 overall).
ACADEMY OF OUR LADY 41, VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 37 (at New Orleans, nondistrict game)
Score by quarters: Vandebilt led 14-11 at end of the first quarter, Academy of Our Lady led 20-14 at halftime and Vandebilt led 31-25 at end of the third quarter.
Statistical leaders: Vandebilt -- Leia Verret (17 points, two assists), Brittany Theriot (four points, eight rebounds).
Records: Vandebilt (1-6 overall); AOL (4-6 overall).
--Compiled by Staff Writer Chris Singleton