Kyrah Brailey prepares to shoot a free throw for VC. She finished Thursday’s game with 21 points.
Kelli Frith goes inside for VC. She scored 16 points in Thursday’s playoff win.
Vermilion Catholic Lady Eagles put on show in front of next opponent
With the No. 2 St. Mary basketball team sitting in the crowd, the Vermilion Catholic Lady Eagles performed in front of who will probably be their next opponent.
No. 7 VC beat No. 10 Opelousas Catholic 52-40 in the first round of the Division IV basketball playoffs on Thursday.
St. Mary has yet to play a first-round contest. They will play No. 15 Calvary Baptist on Monday. Expect VC head coach Kim Guidry to be scouting St. Mary on Monday.
The Lady Eagles did not waste any time showing how good they are. Before Opelousas Catholic made its first bucket, VC had a 14-1 lead.
When the period was over, the Lady Eagles led 16-5 and 29-13 at halftime.
St. Mary players had seen enough and left at half time.
The Lady Eagles, showing signs of being tired in the second half, watched Opelousas Catholic crawl back into the game. Opelousas Catholic got to within 14 points of VC in the third period.
But the Lady Eagles kept the switch on “full speed” and pushed the lead to 20 when the third period was over.
“I thought we played better in the first half than in the second half,” said VC head coach Kim Guidry. “We ran a better controlled fast break in the first half. In the second half, we looked out of control at times. We committed too many turnovers in the second half.
“All in all, we played well.”
A healthy VC has now become a fast-break team. Pushing the Lady Eagles is guard Kyrah Brailey. Brailey led the team in scoring with 21 points, and teammate Kelli Frith had 16 points.
Whitney Bourque provided the spark for VC by scoring six of her eight points in the first quarter. Emily Bertrand made four points in the game.