BAINS -- Port Allen met another “Ghost of District Yet-to-Come” in action last week.
The Pelicans crossed paths the second time this season with once-and-future district rival West Feliciana in a contest that the PAHS led until the fourth quarter, when WFHS came from behind to take a 53-51 win last Tuesday in Bains.
West Feliciana joins Port Allen next year in District 7-3A. The game Tuesday marked the second consecutive loss for the Pelicans, a week after PAHS slipped against Baker, which also jois the 7-3A fray next year.
The win dropped Port Allen to 10-4, while WFHS kept its pace going at 10-1. The only Saints loss of the season came two weeks ago against Brusly.
The Pels led the first three quarters, but lost steam in the fourth quarter, in which PAHS mustered only seven points. WFHS notched 11 points to pull off the heartbreaker against the Pelicans.
The loss proved particularly frustrating for PAHS, who came out hot with a 16-7 lead in the first quarter. The Saints kicked the door down in the second quarter with 19 points, but Port Allen went to the locker room ahead 30-26 at the half.
Both squads maitained the pace of the second quarter. The Pels posted 14 points in the third quarter, but WFHS got the edge by one goal.
Senior Jarius Turner led Poelican scorers with 13 points. Senior Darian Claiborne and junior Nick Parker each chalked 11. Josh Walker and Ishmael Lane each bucketed five. Nelslon Allen tallied four and Nigel Allen two.
WFHS got help from a 24-point showing by Ervin Whittaker to top Port Allen. He outpaced all other scorers in the game, and more than doubled the output of the second closest teammate, Jazz Fergusi (10). Roddarius Graham and Evan Whittaker each netted nine for WFHS.
Both Whitaker brothers had a three-point goal.