Playing much better than in season-opening losses, Woodlawn and H.L. Bourgeois both registered convincing wins in the second day of the Woodlawn Shootout on Tuesday at WHS.
Woodlawn dominated St. Helena Central 64-30 and H.L. Bourgeois defeated Belaire 63-44. Helen Cox defeated Woodlawn 40-37 and Tara edged H.L. Bourgeois 55-52 in Monday action.
“We were totally out of rhythm last night, but played much better tonight,” Woodlawn coach Elmo Fernandez said. “We wanted to speed the game up and play fast. We were able to force turnovers and run.”
Woodlawn (1-1) jumped to a 9-0 lead as 5-foot-6 junior guard Andrew Migaud scored five points and had an assist. St. Helena (1-2) got a three-point play from 6-foot-5 senior Johnathan Butler with 4:13 remaining in the second quarter to pull within 18-9.
Woodlawn went on an 11-0 run, capped by a steal and monster dunk by Tyree Spurlock. Spurlock was whistled for a technical on the play and Butler hit one of two free throws as Woodlawn led 29-10. Migaud hit a long two-pointer as the Panthers led 35-15 at the half.
Migaud scored 13 of his 16 points in the first half. Chris Williams added 16, including 10 in the first half for WHS. Spurlock had eight and Cameron Lazare six.
“We have no seniors on the team,” Fernandez said. “We should get a couple of guys back next week from injury. I think we could be good down the road. We’re still looking for chemistry. Migaud is a good shooter for us, and he has the green light whenever he’s open.”
Butler led St. Helena Central with 15 points and Brandon Williams added eight. Woodlawn’s defense forced 20 turnovers.
“We don’t have a point guard right now,” St. Helena Central coach Terry Guy Sr. said. “We did too much dribbling and not enough passing. Woodlawn has an excellent team and looked much better tonight than last night. We’ve got some guys out and think we’ll be alright come district and playoff time.”
H.L. Bourgeois led Belaire 27-13 at the half. The Bengals pulled within 38-29 after three quarters, but were outscored 25-15 in the fourth quarter.
HLB (1-1) got balanced scoring from Ike Aldridge (17), Ocean Jasper (13), Marlin Bonvillain (12) and Devante Dickerson (9). V. Augustus scored 12 to pace Belaire (1-1).
“We matched Belaire’s intensity and that was something that was missing last night against Tara,” H.L. Bourgeois coach Andrew Caillouet said. “We played much better defense. We are a small team, but we really battled on the boards. We’re a quick team and shoot the ball well. I like how we share the ball.”
The Woodlawn Shootout concludes with three games Wednesday. St. Helena meets Tara at 4:30 p.m. and Belaire faces Helen Cox at 6 p.m. Woodlawn battles H.L. Bourgeois in the 7:30 p.m. finale.
“H.L. Bourgeois is talented and it should be a good game,” Fernandez said.