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Pine Prairie’s Isaiah Payne (0) hangs high for a lay-up against Iota in the Sacred Heart Turkey tournament held on Wednesday. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

Turkey Tournament finishes up play on Wednesday night

VILLE PLATTE -- The final day of play in the 2018 Sacred Heart Turkey Tournament came on Wednesday with only two of the parish teams picking up a win.
In the first game of the day, the Mamou Demons could not overcome the athleticism of the Crowley Gents, as they fell 56-34.
In that game, the Demons fell behind 13-7 in the first quarter of play and unfortunately for Mamou that deficit grew to 14 points by the time halftime rolled around, as they trailed 29-15 heading into the locker room.
The Demons stayed steady in the third quarter with the Crowley lead now at 36-23. But, the Gents were too much down the stretch, out-scoring Mamou 20-11 in the final period.
In one girl’s game that included parish teams, the Basile Lady Bearcats downed the Pine Prairie Lady Panthers 51-46 to go undefeated in the tournament.
The game began as even as possible with the two teams tied at 12-12 when the first period ended. As the two clubs disappeared into the locker room, the Lady Panthers owned a 24-22 lead.
Basile came out in the third quarter with more life and overtook Pine Prairie to lead 40-35 at the conclusion of the period. Down the stretch, the Lady Bearcats continued the pressure and were able to grow their lead to pick up the win.
The only parish team to pick up a win on the final day was the Pine Prairie Panthers, as they brought down district foe Iota 51-30.
The first quarter of this contest started slow, with the Panthers owning a 10-8 lead heading into the second quarter. Pine Prairie picked up the pace in the ensuing period and took a commanding 28-14 lead at the half.
The third quarter mimicked the first with the Bulldogs out-dueling the Panthers 6-5 to make it a 33-20 game. However, the Pine Prairie was able to stretch that lead in the final period.
The two nightcap games included both the Sacred Heart Trojans and the Lady Trojans, with each team falling in their final contest of the tournament.
The Lady Trojans were able to take a 16-9 deficit at the end of the first quarter and cut into the St. Ed’s Lady Jays lead, making it a 22-18 game when the second quarter concluded.
That energy moved into the third quarter, as Sacred Heart kept the game close, only trailing 31-24 at the end of the third quarter. Never-the-less, the Lady Jays pulled away in the final quarter to seal the win.
In the final game of the tournament, the Trojans battled hard the entire game, but could not find the offense to compete with JS Clark, as they fell 87-38.

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