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District leaders Barbe, Sulphur clash

Last Modified: Friday, January 11, 2013 12:23 PM

By Warren Arceneaux / American Press

A big win tonight at rival Sulphur will not only add to the fast start of Barbe’s girls basketball team, but will put the Bucs atop the District 3-5A standings.

The Tors, the lone unbeaten team in district, will host the Bucs at 6 p.m.

Barbe head coach Kelly Durio said the game is a big one for her program.

“We are excited about this. It is a rare opportunity for this program, a chance to move into first,” Durio said. “It is exciting. It is going to be tough to go over there and get a win on the road, but we are excited about the challenge.”

Barbe is 14-5 overall and 2-1 in district play, with the lone loss coming by one point at Carencro last week.

The Tors (16-3, 4-0) have won their three district games by an average of 25 points behind a balanced attack led by Hannah Cupit and Becca Brooks.

“Everything about them is impressive. They are very fundamentally sound, they play hard from start to finish and Coach (Helen) LeFevre is going to have them prepared for what we might show them,” Durio said of Sulphur. “She does a terrific job and they are great competitors.”

Durio said there is plenty she likes about her team as well.

“This team does a good job of playing together,” she said. “You never know who is going to score for us. I really like our group, they work hard. They have not played together before but are starting to click. I like their intensity and fight.”

Durio said seniors Sarah Grevemberg, Courtney Jicks and Melissa Shadoin have emerged as team leaders.

“Courtney has been our defensive leader, Melissa’s finishing has been good,” she said. “Sarah is an offensive threat and can also make things happen on defense. She brings a lot to the game. They work well together and are unselfish.”

• NOTES: Lacassine’s games at Midland, originally scheduled for tonight, were postponed and will be rescheduled. Iowa’s games at Notre Dame were postponed until Sunday, with the girls game starting at 3 p.m. and the boys game following. Crowley at South Beauregard was also moved to Saturday, with the girls game starting at 4 p.m., followed by the boys.

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