St. Amant falls to Woodlawn for third straight loss

Kyle Riviere @kyleR_sports
St. Amant's Donald LeBlanc gets his shot blocked by Patrick Thompson in the Gators' loss to Dutchtown last Tuesday. Photo by Dewey Keller.

The latter half of the season has continued to be turbulent for the St. Amant Gators.

Since starting the year 15-2, they limped through a five-game losing streak. That finally came to a stop with a 62-61 win over Woodlawn.

The win ignited a three-game winning streak for the Gators but after just one week, they now face a four-game losing streak. They lost two tough parish matchups to East Ascension and Dutchtown and on Friday night, Woodlawn handed them another defeat in the form of a sluggish 50-35 loss within the district.

The game was knotted up at 11 at the end of one, but a lackluster second quarter put St. Amant in a hole that they could never dig themselves out of.

They were held to just four points for the quarter as Woodlawn took a commanding 25-15 lead into the break.

Though the Gators played much better in the third, there wasn't much letup for the Panthers. They kept a firm grasp on the game and boosted their lead to 13 heading into the fourth.

From there, they were able to close out St. Amant and win 50-35.

Cameron Lazare helped lead the way for Woodlawn with 13 as the Panthers improved to 18-9 overall with a 4-3 District 5-5A mark.

There wasn't much offense for the Gators. No one scored in double-figures, and Mason Clouatre led all scorers with only nine points. Donald LeBlanc was held to just five and so was Dominique Wilmore—who had exploded for 26 just a week earlier against East Ascension.

The loss dropped St. Amant to 18-10 overall—just 3-8 since the 15-2 start. The defeat also dropped them to just 3-4 within the district.

Following the Woodlawn loss, the Gators lost their fourth straight game. This time, the defeat came from McKinley 74-73.

The Gators will try to end the losing streak this week and catch fire with the playoffs approaching. They'll meet Catholic at home on Friday night.