Central Catholic High School's Terre'Yan Johnson
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CCHS will host St. Frederick in Division IV playoffs Monday
First-year Central Catholic girls basketball coach C.L. Grogan said this season has had its ups and it has had its downs, but he is hopeful that the team’s district has prepared them for the postseason to make a run.
Grogan’s squad will begin postseason play Monday at 5:30 p.m. when the No. 8 Lady Eagles (15-10 overall, 5-5 in District 8-1A) host No. 9 St. Frederick (21-8 overall, 8-6 in District 2-1A) in Morgan City in Division IV regional-round action.
The first-year Central Catholic coach said this year has been “more of an eye-opener for him” and has been humbling being at Central Catholic, a school he said that is a “prestige program” for all girls’ sports.
“So it was a different eye-opener of the work ethic and how hard these ladies work on their craft athletically, let alone also academically,” Grogan said, noting all 13 Lady Eagles earned academic all-district status.
Grogan lauded his four seniors, Terre’Yan Johnson, Lexi Landry, Ava Nicar and Caitlyn Picou, for their leadership this season.
“All of those four seniors have been a great asset to me coming here, being the girls coach,” he said. “They help us out big with a lot of leadership things. That’s real big with a lot of our young girls.”
As for the season, Grogan said the team did well once it started playing in tournaments and into December, but ran into a challenge when they played New Iberia and Vandebilt Catholic.
“We approached district with the mindset that we were going to win the district championship, and we fell short of that,” Grogan said.
However, he said that ever district game was a good game.
Johnson said while the team has some losing streaks in the season, they have rebounded.
“I thought we started off real well during the beginning of the season,” Johnson said. “We kind of had some obstacles, but that’s with every team.”
As for St. Frederick, Grogan said the team has a go-to player at guard who leads the team.
“They have a very good ball handler, a very good point guard,” he said.
Like St. Frederick will be looking to contain Johnson and make others do the work, the Lady Eagles will have to do the same with St. Frederick’s guard, Grogan said.
However, Grogan said the rest of the Lady Eagles’ effort outside of Johnson will be the most important thing in Monday’s contest.
“It’s going to more about what the team does as a whole, because we got to play some really good team defense,” he said.
Grogan said St. Frederick also features a power forward who thrives off second-chance points.
“She bangs on the boards all night,” he said. “It’s like that’s her purpose: to bang on the boards, to get second-chance shots, because most of her points came from second-chance shots.”
In addition to Johnson, Picou and Landry in the starting lineup, the Lady Eagles also have featured eighth-grader Laurielle Bias and freshman Charlotte Callais and seventh-grader Jade Oliney, who now is filling in for Callais since she is injured, Grogan said.
Other Central Catholic players are as follows: Kamille Lightfoot, Ryleigh Theriot, Gwenneth Dohmann, Bri-Yannah Johnson and Angel Geason.
Terre’Yan Johnson said having a home game is something the Lady Eagles have discussed.
“We’re ready,” she said.
Grogan said the having a home game is a big deal.
“It gives us that advantage to get our crowd to come out and support the girls like they have been doing all season,” he said. “Our crowd support has been wonderful all season.”
And hopefully for the Lady Eagles, it’s the first step to a long postseason run to the state tournament.
“We feel like we have something to prove,” Terre‘Yan Johnson said.