The Plaquemine Green Devil Classic at Plaquemine High had some New Year’s fireworks Saturday night.
The host Green Devils could not send the home fans away happy though, falling to Helen Cox, 61-55.
After taking a 31-27 lead into halftime, Helen Cox took charge. Jordan Sneed got things going the Cougars way with a basket that was the start of a 15-5 run that helped Cox finish the third quarter with a 46-32 advantage.
Helen Cox (12-6) upped their lead to 50-34 with 6:55 to go in the game, but Plaquemine came back with a 11-1 run started by a Herb Thomas shot with 6:35 to play in the game. Plaquemine was within striking distance as Cox led 51-47 with 3:52 to play but the Cougars ended the game outscoring the Green Devils, 10-5.
“We have been up and down all year and we needed a game like this,” said Helen Cox coach Tyron Mouzon. “We got Plaquemine into foul trouble and that allowed us to take the lead and shut them down.”
The first quarter saw Plaquemine go on a 6-2 run which Keandre Randall started with a 3-pointer at the 3:35 mark to put the hosts up 9-5 lead at the 2:20 mark. The experienced Cougars came back with a 6-2 run of their own including three-pointers by Jordan Sneed and Steve Clayton. Helen Cox ended the quarter ahead 16-15.
Herb Thomas scored to put Plaquemine up briefly to start the second, but Helen Cox responded by outscoring the Green Devils from that point 8-2 to lead 24-19 lead. Henry Spriggs hit a three-pointer with 1:50 to play in half to keep Plaquemine (16-4) in range, but Cox had too much firepower on the night.
“We missed some easy shots and layups and our free-throw shooting was below our expectations as well,” Plaquemine coach Donald Ray Johnson said. “A game like this will prepare us for district and the playoffs.”
Helen Cox was led in scoring by Isaiah Lewis with 20 points, Myron Gilmore with 15 points, and Jordan Sneed with 12 points.
Plaquemine was led in scoring by Darius Jackson, who managed 14 points. Keandre Randall and Herb Thomas added 11 points a piece.
“This tournament had the feel of the state playoffs as we had so many great teams here in Plaquemine participating,” added Johnson.
Green Devil Classic All Tournanment team
Joe Fourcha, McDonogh 35;
Steve Clayton, Helen Cox;
Myron Gilmore, Helen Cox–MVP
Keandre Randall, Plaquemine