VC’s Whitney Bourque (14) went up for two points against Opelousas Catholic last week.
Vermilion Catholic Lady Eagles travel to face St. Mary’s
St Mary’s basketball team has been knocked out of the quarterfinal round of the Division IV playoffs three years in a row, and they are tired of it. The team wants more.
Tom Collins is St. Mary’s basketball coach and he is coaching a group of seniors who he describes as “hungry girls.”
“They want more than reaching the quarterfinals,” said Collins. “I have four senior starters who are tired of being knocked out by Houma Christian or Vermilion Catholic. They want to get to the next round.”
Tonight at 6:30 p.m. in Natchitoches, No. 7 Vermilion Catholic (17-16) and No. 2 St. Mary’s (25-4) meet for the second year in a row in the playoffs.
Last year VC, behind a senior group, eliminated St. Mary’s 55-47 in Abbeville. The Lady Eagles went on to reach the Division IV finals, only to lose to LCA.
The year before, St. Mary’s fell to Houma Christian in the quarterfinals. Houma Christian went on to reach the finals and also lost to LCA.
Collins and his team were at VC last week, scouting the Lady Eagles.
“They look different from last year, but they still have two good guards who like to push the basketball,” said Collins.
St. Mary’s is riding an 11-game winning straight and has only lost two games at home this year.
VC head coach Kim Guidry attended St. Mary’s 78-46 win over No. 15 Calvary Baptist this week in the first round.
“They look good,” said Guidry. “It was hard to tell how good because they were winning 60-30 when I left. They have good size and like to move the ball up and down the court.”
Because they like to run and gun, Guidry will try to slow down the Lady Eagles and play a half-court game.
“I want to take our time,” she said. “I expect it to be a good game.”
Both teams match up well.
St. Mary’s has a 5-11 post player named Maria Bienvenue, who averages six rebounds and 11 points a game. Guard play will be from Emilly Maggio (7 points per game).
VC’s answer to Bienvenue is 5-11 senior Kelli Frith, who has scored 1,400 points for VC over four years. Frith is averaging 19 points and eight boards a game.
The spark plug for VC is junior guard Kyrah Brailey, who is scoring an average of 20 points a game.
The other starters for VC are Whitney Bourque, Emily Bertrand and Emily Bourque.
The winner of tonight’s game meets the winner of No. 3 Metairie Park Country Day and No. 6 St Martin’s Episcopal.