Carencro drops Griffins behind Johnson’s 33

Peter Silas Pasqua

CARENCRO - Dutchtown was outscored by double digits in the third quarter after leading at half-time and fell to Carencro 59-47 in a Class 5A bi-district playoff game Friday night at CHS’ gym.

“We didn’t finish,” Dutchtown head coach Patrick Hill said. “They pressed us and we didn’t respond to the press. We beat it but we didn’t finish.”

Carencro was led by Ricky Johnson with 33 points.

“He is just a good all-around player,” Hill said. “He plays inside and outside. For his size, he can do it all.”

It was a battle of teams who have never won a playoff game in either programs’ history.

 "I hope that is a statement about where our program is now,” Carencro coach Christopher Kovatch said. “We've got a different type of kid in the program now. Ricky's just having a phenomenal year.”

The game was knotted 7-7 at going into the second quarter before the Griffins took a 21-18 half-time lead. The Bears then outscored Dutchtown 18-6 in the third quarter.

“They just did what they had to do,” Hill said.

Scott Burgess led the Griffins with 17 points. Eddie Lacy added 11, while Earl Warren and Jordan Biagas each had six, Lyle Mock provided four and Terrance Cushenberry had two.

“(Earl) played quite well but he wasn’t at full throttle," Hill said.

No. 14 seed Carencro (23-11) advances to travel to third-seeded West Monroe (24-6) Tuesday night. Dutchtown ends the season with a 16-15 overall record.

“We got three starters coming back and hopefully we can get in the playoffs again and win a playoff game because we haven’t done that since we have been here,” Hill said.