The Southside Lady Sharks won their 10th straight game with a 50-35 victory over Highland Baptist in a non-district women’s basketball competition on Friday in New Iberia.
The Lady Bears took a 6-5 lead over a 3-point lead from M’Kiyiah Olivier, but the Lady Sharks responded with a 14-4 run and never lagged the rest of the way.
After missing his first shots, first-year guard Brynnan Boyd scored three straight runs in the second quarter to help the Lady Sharks enter the break with a 25-14 lead.
Southside improved to 12-8 with Eymani Key scoring 18 points, followed by Hannah Mouton’s 15 points. Lady Sharks coach Sean Comeaux said Key, a 5-foot-6 goaltender, is ranked 20th in the state’s sophomore by LGRBasketball.
“Mouton is our playmaker,” Comeaux said of the runner-up, who was 7 of 7 from the free throw line. “She’s making us go. She’s very fast and her energy is unreal.”
Southside is in charge of sophomore with just two seniors on the roster. In the preseason scrum, the Lady Sharks lost their second year after Madyx Guidry to injury, but senior goaltender Haelyn Mouton is expected to return later this month.
Boyd, who added two interceptions and two blocks, has an early impact.
“Boyd has probably the highest basketball IQ of any player I have ever coached in freshman,” Comeaux said.
“She’s basically a sniper. She’s her thing. And she communicates extremely well. During a match, she’s the one you can count on to do whatever she’s told and to be good at it.”
Mouton and Karrington Eugene totaled 13 points in Southside’s first quarter. Eugene scored seven points during the quarter and finished with nine. The 5-foot-11 junior post is an excellent athlete who competed in the triple jump at the state track and field competition last year.
The Lady Sharks were a game-changer after a 2-8 start to the season.
“We weren’t freezing yet, but we started to understand,” Comeaux said. “I think the girls think they’re good enough and buy into the system.
“While I think we are still learning from each other, I think right now we are at the point where we know what the other is going to do on the pitch, and that helps us be successful.”
The Lady Bears (13-4) were unusually cold from the ground, shooting 1 of 8 in the first quarter and 2 of 17 in the second.
Olivier scored 14 points for the Lady Bears, who have won 11 of their last 13 games. Bri Sensley added 13 points and three steals, and Kiara Comeaux had four points with seven steals.