Denham Springs cruises into quarterfinals

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Denham Springs withstood a physical first quarter and grew stronger as the game wore on in Tuesday night’s Division I nonselect quarterfinal basketball game at Grady Hornsby Gym.

After a first quarter tie, the Yellow Jackets steadily increased their lead the rest of the night before coasting to a 69-39 win over the Tigers.

“Terrebonne has a very good team. I don’t think the final score is indicative of how tough the game was,” Denham Springs coach Kevin Caballero said.

The win moves the fourth-seeded Yellow Jackets (28-6) into the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2005, when former LSU basketball player Tasmin Mitchell was a senior at Denham Springs. The Yellow Jackets will host No. 5 Natchitoches Central, which defeated West Monroe 58-48.

“We’re happy to be one of the last teams playing. At this point, all of the teams left are really good teams,” Caballero said.

Denham Springs made 28 of 53 shots (52.8%) and forced 24 turnovers. The Yellow Jackets had 14 turnovers but only five in the second half when they outscored the Tigers 38-16.

Jean Golmond and Smith each made two 3-pointers. Golmond finished with 18 points, Smith scored 15 and Jeremy Williams added 14. Denham Springs outrebounded Terrebonne 37-30.

LSU football signee Kylan Billiot scored nine second-half points and led Terrebonne with 11. 

No. 20 Terrebonne (22-14) stayed with Denham Springs in the first quarter. The Tigers had a 5-2 lead before falling behind 11-7. They ended the quarter with consecutive baskets from Ja’Kari Maddox and Kayden Jones to go into the second quarter tied 11-11.

Jones added another basket as Terrebonne trailed 19-16 with 3:44 to go in the half. Then the Denham Springs offense began to heat up, and it made 5 of 8 from the field to close out the quarter.

Brock Smith’s 3-pointer with 20 seconds left helped Denham Springs take a 31-23 lead into the half.

The Denham Springs lead was 33-26 four minutes into the third quarter. A pair of 3-pointers, one each from Maison Vorise and Golmond, sparked an 11-2 run to give the Yellow Jackets their largest lead up to that point at 44-28. Terrebonne was unable to cut its deficit under 10 points the rest of the game.


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