A short-handed Ellender High girls basketball squad made short work of Hahnville, defeating the Lady Tigers 68-54 on Friday night in nondistrict action from Houma.

The Lady Patriots dressed only six players and improved to 5-3 overall.

Hahnville dressed 11 players and fell to 7-7 overall.

"We have a couple of people hurt," Ellender coach Kenneth Dixon said. "Sore ankles, knees, a foot and bronchitis. So yeah, we are a bit short. We only have 10 players (at full strength)."

Ellender jumped out to a 15-2 lead in the first quarter, with four different players scoring. Hahnville then hit a couple of 3-pointers to tighten it up, but Ellender led 20-10 at the end of one.

The Lady Tigers closed the gap to 22-19 as the Lady Patriots started the second quarter with a scoring drought, scoring on only two free throws in the first four minutes. Ellender started to hit some shots in the last minutes of the quarter, but Hahnville kept up the pace, with the first half ending 30-26 in favor of the Lady Patriots.

"We kind of relaxed defensively," Dixon said. "We only had six people, so we had to worry about foul trouble. We were in a hurry, and I had to bring them in to remind them about being patient. We had to do the things we do well. We got away from it, but we got back to it, and pulled out in the second half. But I was always conscious about their depth."

Ellender’s J’lisha Holly, who led all scorers with 26 points, hit her first three shots in the third quarter.

Carly Anderson got all nine of her points in the third, on three 3-pointers, and the Lady Patriots started to pull away, leading 55-41 at the end of three.

"When you have tight officiating, when they are calling every little reach in, if you don’t play good fundamental defense, those calls are going to hurt you," Hahnville coach Arianna Smith-Martin said. "So it doesn’t matter what’s on your bench, it’s how you play the game. They played better defense than us, and that was the outcome."

The fourth quarter was a draw, with each team scoring 14. Dixon could be heard shouting to his team "No fouls! No fouls!" as the teams exchanged baskets.

The Lady Patriots did a good job with that, never putting Hahnville into the bonus in either half.

Tanisha Hester added 14 points for Ellender, while Trastasia Hester chipped in 11 points. Danae Lorio led Hahnville with 21 points. Pacely Williams had 15 points and Kori Joseph had nine points. 

FRIDAY'S GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL CAPSULES

H.L. BOURGEOIS 50, CATHOLIC-NEW IBERIA 20 (at the Ascension Episcopal Tournament in Lafayette)

Statistical leaders: HLB -- Mariana Charles (18 points), Nashalie Dominguez (11 points) 

Records: HLB (8-1 overall); Catholic-NI (5-4 overall)

EAST ASCENSION 68, THIBODAUX 46 (at Gonzales, nondistrict game)

Records: East Ascension (5-0 overall); Thibodaux (5-4 overall)

SOUTH LAFOURCHE 75, CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 43 (at Mathews, nondistrict game)

Statistical leaders: South Lafourche -- Sierra Lerille (10 points, four rebounds, three assists, four steals), Madison Plaisance (six points, three rebounds), Ava Pitre (19 points, four rebounds, three steals), Abbi Collins (four points), Makayla Bynum (22 points, seven assists, five steals, four rebounds, Lainie Kiger (three points, four rebounds), Evan Duet (seven points), Abigail Bouzigard (four rebounds, three steals, two blocks); Central Lafourche --

Records: South Lafourche (7-2 overall); Central Lafourche (6-4 overall)

TERREBONNE 42, KIPP-BOOKER T. WASHINGTON 38 (at the East St. John Tournament in Reserve) 

Statistical leaders: Terrebonne -- Trinity Pierce (10 points), Arecia Celestin (eight points)

Records: Terrebonne (5-5 overall); KIPP-Booker T. Washington (4-7 overall)

ASSUMPTION 33, OPELOUSAS CATHOLIC 14 (at the Ascension Episcopal Tourament in Lafayette)

Score by quarter: Assumption led 10-2 after the first quarter, 17-4 at halftime and 29-9 at the end of the third quarter.

Statistical leaders: Assumption -- Ra'von Robertson (18 points)

Records: Assumption (5-1 overall); Opelousas Catholic (7-1 overall)

VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 52, ACADEMY OF OUR LADY 24 (at Marrero, nondistrict game)

Score by quarter: Vandebilt led 11-6 after the first quarter, 18-10 at halftime and 29-15 at the end of the third quarter.

Statistical leaders: Vandebilt -- Amy Parrott (18 points, 10 rebounds), Rebecca Lawrence (15 points, 11 rebounds, three steals), Sara Savoie (seven points, five steals)

Records: Vandebilt (4-4 overall); Academy of Our Lady (3-6 overall)

E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 44, FRANKLIN 35 (at Franklin, nondistrict game)

Score by quarter: EDW led 14-11 after the first quarter, 19-16 at halftime and 33-21 at the end of the third quarter. 

Statistical leaders: EDW -- Elizabeth Ayres (13 points), Caroline Delaune (10 points), Marianna Robichaux (eight points), Christen Marcombre (eight points).

Records: EDW (3-6 overall); Franklin (4-7 overall)

HOUMA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 49, ST. MARY'S ACADEMY 23 (at the East St. John Tournament in Reserve)

Score by quarter: HCS led 14-5 after the first quarter, 22-11 at halftime and 27-15 at the end of the third quarter. 

Statistical leaders: HCS -- Dalesia Williams (16 points), Kourtne Lee (12 points), Xariel Washington (11 points)

Records: HCS (9-1 overall); St. Mary's (4-4 overall)

Compiled by sports editor Kelly McElroy.