Lady Eagles seeking 2nd semifinal berth

The Central Catholic Lady Eagles will be hosting their third consecutive quarterfinal game and second in as many years against Tensas when the Lady Panthers travel to Morgan City for a Thursday contest. The Lady Eagles will be looking to make its second consecutive trip to the Class 1A semifinals with a win. Above is Hallie Autin in action last month against Gueydan. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)

If we can break Ellender’s press, I feel we can break anyone’s press.
By GEOFF STOUTE gstoute@daily-review.com

The No. 2 Central Catholic Lady Eagles will be looking to advance to their second consecutive Class 1A semifinal when they host their quarterfinal contest Thursday.
To do so, they will top the No. 7 Tensas Lady Panthers again.
Tensas and Central Catholic will meet in the Class 1A quarterfinals at 5:30 p.m. at Central Catholic Thursday.
Tensas advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating No. 10 Ouachita Christian, 44-36 in other quarterfinal action Monday.
Central Catholic coach Jamarr Garrett said that he expects a similar athletic, run-and-gun Tensas team to the one his squad defeated 59-43 last year in Morgan City.
“They’re pretty athletic and fast,” he said.
Tensas is led by Cheyenne South, who did not play or was on the roster a year ago against the Lady Eagles.
However, in three games against district foe Ouachita Christian, she had impressive outings with 45 points in their first contest and 26 points in a loss to them in the second round of district and 25 points in the regional round.
“She’s their moneymaker,” Garrett said.
Garrett said his squad would have to keep tabs on where South is on the court.
“Every coach I’ve talked to (said) if you leave her open, she’s going to make shots,” Garrett said.
Not including South, Garrett said Tensas returns three starters from a year ago, including Daricka James, who Garrett said has size.
“She’s a great rebounder under the goal,” he said.
On defense, Garrett said the Lady Panthers like to press.
“If we can break Ellender’s press, I feel we can break anyone’s press,” he said. “We did have Meo (Knight) against Ellender, but I have confidence in these girls. We did a good job (Monday) with St. Mary’s. We worked on it (the press) for one day … and we did a really good job at it. We took our time. We saw the floor. We made smart passes.”
As for Knight, who missed the regional playoff game after injuring herself in the first round contest, Garrett said she went to the doctor on Tuesday and he would know more Wednesday about her chances of even getting on the court, which he termed Tuesday as 50-50.
Without Knight, though, the Lady Eagles managed, led by star guard Randi Brown and some other players Coach Garrett said stepped up, including Mary-Beth Blanchard, who he said hit two big 3-pointers.
If Knight isn’t available, Garrett said he would need his players to continue to step up and those who are open like Blanchard and Hallie Autin, to continue shooting.
“As long as we do that and we just protect the ball, we’ll be fine,” he said.
Admission to Thursday’s game will be $8.
The game will be broadcast on KBZE 105.9 FM and KFRA 1390 AM.

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