AHS rolls on, gets past Kaplan in 9-3A
by William McDaniel
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Kaplan’s Tyler Simon (23) takes it to the hoop while AHS’ (30) guards him. Also pictured from AHS are Deion Bessard (14), James Dyess (22) and Aaron Ballard (24) and from KHS Jalen Bates (00).
ABBEVILLE – The early games lacked the dramatics of the night cap, which went down to the wire in Abbeville Tuesday night, as the Wildcats boys and girls swept Kaplan in the first district play in Vermilion Parish this season.

The Wildcats jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead against the Pirates, but Kaplan got back in it just as quickly, taking an 11-10 lead after one period of play.

The Kaplan shooters went cold in the second quarter, though. The Pirates would score just two points, both on free throws, in the period, as even the shortest of shots would not fall for the visitors.

The Wildcats went to the locker room with a commanding 23-13 lead.

AHS worked its lead up to 31-15 after the break, but Kaplan came back strong on an Andre´ Hines trey and an old-style three-point play by Tyler Simon to get it to 31-21. Kaplan trailed just 36-30 after three.

Simon started the third on the line, hitting both charity shots to work it down to 36-34, but the Wildcats ran it right back up and took a 43-33 lead on a Tiremone Williams dunk, one of two authoritative slams the senior would throw down in the quarter.

With time running out, Abbeville held a slim 49-43 lead when Hines fired a long-range bomb that hit all net to get the visitors within three. But, the clock ticked down to zero without another shot being made.

AHS head coach Berwick Hamilton said he will take a victory however it comes.

“Any time you win, you’re happy,” he said. “I’m not happy about some of the things we did and didn’t do. But, Kaplan’s shooting the ball well... We didn’t play smart with the lead and they just kept chipping away.”

The Wildcats (6-10, 2-0) won on the first night they defended their home court since the untimely death of asst. coach (and boys’ JV coach) Jason O’Brien last week.

Hamilton said he will personally take over O’Brien’s duties with the team. He said, also, that it is difficult to assess his players’ emotions at this time.

“You never know with young people,” Hamilton said. “But, it’s affecting them. He took his time to be with them and tell them what they need to know about life. He’s sorely missed; he really is.”

O’Brien is to be laid to rest Saturday, Jan. 7.

Williams led the Wildcats with 18 points, including a 2-for-3 effort at the stripe. Aaron Green and James Dyess helped the AHS cause with 12 points each. Jabian August and Jawaun Windmon had three points apiece and Alex Mire had one point.

Hines led the Pirates with 16 points. He had four, threes and was 2-for-2 at the line. Simon had 10 points, Leonard Pillette had seven points, Kaylan Rudd got five points, Tre´ Choate had four points, Jalen Bates had three points and Darius Jordan scored one point.

The Pirates (5-9, 1-1) next travel to face 9-3A foe Patterson (12-1, 2-0), the winner of six-straight games, on Friday, Jan. 6.

The Wildcats (6-10, 2-0) play at Erath (4-11, 1-0) on Friday, Jan. 6.

Lady Wildcats .........61

Lady Pirates ...........34

The Lady Wildcats rode a 21-7 first-quarter lead all the way to victory Tuesday night.

Kaplan out-scored Abbeville 7-6 in the second period, but it would not be enough to overcome a sluggish start.

The Lady Wildcats rattled off consecutive 17-point quarters in the second half.

“It wasn’t the most crisp of victories,” said AHS head girls’ coach Dean Dronet. “But, it was a victory nonetheless and we’re 2-0 now in district.

“We’re doing well, but Friday we have Erath. The last time we played them they beat us in the Parish Tournament. I’m hoping the girls will remember that.”

AHS’ Derrian Nolan led the Lady Wildcats with 19 points. Elaina Baytop had 16 points, Dyantae Perkins had 11 points, Bianca Levy had six points and Mallory Plaisance had three points. Paige Cutright, Shawnta Dorsey and Jakevia Moore had two points each.

Mallory Gaspard led Kaplan with 11 points. Lacey Perro had eight points, Kailey Lejeune had seven points, Brittany LeBeouf had five points and Hillary Primeaux had three points.

Lady Cats (JV) .......31

Lady Pirates (JV)...11


VC (girls) .................53

N.side Christ ...........23

VC trailed 8-7 after the first period, but put up 24 points to Northside Christian’s four en route to the win.

Natalie Camel led VC with 12 points. Kaylen Collins had 10 points, Ashailee Brailey had nine points, Claire David had six points, Mikhyla Campbell and Ellen Langlinais had five points each and Katie Meaux, Regan David and Kyrie Collins had two points apiece.

Next for VC (17-3) is a road game at Lafayette Christian Academy (0-5) on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

N.side Christ. ..........69

VC (boys) ..................51

The Eagles led 13-10 after one quarter, but Northside Christian came back to lead 34-26 at the half and a VC comeback was not in the cards.

Emile Chiasson led VC with 19 points. Brennan Gallet had 10 points, Joey Faulk had eight points, Blair Landry had six points, Shay LaPorte had four points, Aaron David had three points and Drake Broussard had one point.

VC (4-10) next hosts Notre Dame (2-12) on Friday, Jan. 6. Notre Dame’s last win came against Lafayette Christian Academy on December 26 at the Midland tournament.

Gueydan (boys) ......46

Oberlin .....................29

The Bears (7-6) will next host Basile (4-8) on Friday, Jan.6.

Gueydan then has a week off before beginning District 8-1A play against Ascension Episcopal School (9-6) on Friday, Jan. 13.

Oberlin ..................56

Gueydan (girls) ...35

The Honey Bears fall to 4-11 with the loss to Oberlin. They also host Basile (12-6) on Friday before hosting VC to begin District 8-1A play on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

NV (boys) .................44

Franklin ...................38

The home win evens the Patriots’ 9-3A district record to 1-1 (5-9 overall). NV next travels to Berwick (1-15, 0-2) on Friday, Jan. 6 to continue district play.

Berwick’s lone victory came on Monday, Dec. 19 against Delcambre.

NV (girls) .................77

Franklin ...................35

The Lady Pats improve their record to 10-6 and 1-0 in district play and next play at Berwick (2-11, 0-1) on Friday, Jan. 6.

Delcambre ...............44

S. Cam. (girls) .........28

Delcambre (3-13)next travels to face Northside Christian on Thursday, Jan. 5 before beginning play in District 6-2A on the road at West St. Mary (6-6).

Delcambre (boys) ..63

S. Cameron ..............42

Clarence Farrier led Delcambre with 14 points. Winston Linden had 13 points, Jonavon Palmer had 10 points, Jace Dore had six points, and Christian Mitchell had eight points. Danson Solomon and John Frederick had four points, while Alex Barras and Chevaun Walters each had two points.

The Panthers (8-8) host AES (9-6) Friday.
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