Zachary too good for Ascension Catholic

Kyle Riviere
Javon Yarbrough led the Bulldogs with 18 points. Photo by Chuck Montero.

The tough opening schedule continued for Ascension Catholic and their first-year head coach Kylon Green last Thursday night as they were trounced by 5A opponent Zachary at home.

Just two days before that loss, they were playing up in class again for their opener. They lost a 3-point contest to 3A Berwick.

Against the Broncos, the Bulldogs were faced with a serious size disadvantage. Zachary used that to edge them on the offensive and defensive glass and to force contested shots throughout the night.

"They definitely had a size advantage on us, but we're not going to make that an excuse. This is the group we're going to have," Green said. "We're just going to get better at what we do. We're going to play basketball, we're going to be scrappy and we're going to have to hustle even more."

Point guard Kaleb Winchester came into the season looking to break Lane Frey's school record for most career points. He got off to a great early start against the Broncos as he scored Ascension Catholic's first 5 points to tie the game.

However, Zachary then reeled off 8 straight points to build a 13-5 advantage. After a Winchester 3-pointer, the Broncos finished the first quarter on a 6-0 run to take a 19-8 lead. Winchester had all 8 of the Bulldogs' first-quarter points.

In the second period, Zachary was able to build a 15-point lead after Demoine Bowie began to heat up and hit jumpers in bunches.

The Bulldogs' last significant surge came later when Winchester made a steal and got off an outlet pass to Javon Yarbrough. Yarbrough made a layup to cut the lead to 11.

Later, Yarbrough free throws cut the deficit to 10.

From there, it was all Broncos. Bowie made a layup at the buzzer to give Zachary a commanding 43-25 halftime lead.

Bowie went right back to work to start the second half. His 3-pointer made the lead balloon to 50-31.

The Bulldogs began to wear down and commit plenty of turnovers in the quarter. That allowed Zachary to get easy transition points and cruise to a 93-58 victory.

Bowie was unstoppable for the Broncos. Despite sitting out the fourth quarter, he finished with a game-high 29 points. Terrance Lucas chipped in 10.

Even with the lopsided loss, Ascension Catholic had three players score in double-figures. Yarbrough led the way with 18. Winchester added 15, and Jacoby Stewart had 13. Both players sank three 3-pointers.

The loss dropped Ascension Catholic to 0-2, but Coach Green thinks playing bigger schools like Berwick and Zachary will only help them as they head into the rest of their schedule.

"I think it's going to be very beneficial heading into a bigger district than last year, with the great ball-clubs they have in that district," Green said. "They have a lot of size in that district. So, playing these kinds of teams in the pre-district schedule, I think we'll do real well for the rest of the season."

On Tuesday, Dec. 15, Ascension Catholic will playing the big boys once again. They'll hit the road to face 4A Plaquemine.