Spartans upset by Slidell in second round

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
East Ascension's Jimel London in their first-round victory over West Jefferson. Photo by Tammy Gaudin.

After reaching the state semifinals last year, East Ascension had hopes of finishing the deal this time around and capturing the state championship.

Those aspirations quickly dissolved on Tuesday night as they were upset at home by No. 16 Slidell.

In a first-round win over West Jefferson, the Spartan offense was great as they put up 75, but their defense was described as head coach Barry Whittington, Jr. as “horrible.”

Against Slidell, things took a 180. The defense was exceptional as they held the Tigers to just 37 points, but the offense was non-existent—only producing a season low 35.

In the loss, Le’Aaron Cain led East Ascension with 16 points. Unfortunately, the rest of the Spartans were only able to produce 19.

The defeat brings a bitter end to a great year for East Ascension.

The Spartans went 26-6 during the regular season. This included an undefeated run in District 5-5A that yielded a district title.

In doing so, they earned the No. 1 seed in Class 5A, and heading into Tuesday night, they had won seven straight games.