The first week of district action affirmed what Harold Boudreaux and other 7-3A coaches expected for the 2014 season – their district looks to be one of the toughest in the state.
Losses against two other highly touted district teams backed Boudreaux’s claim.
The Panthers dropped a game to Class 3A frontrunner University High and longtime power Parkview Baptist in the opening week of 7-3A fare.
No team will get a break in what Boudreaux considers one of the toughest districts in the state.
“Every game in this district is going to be a tough one,” he said. “We’re playing Parkview, U-High, Port Allen and West Feliciana – the four best teams in the district. What kind of luck is that?
“We’ve played really hard, but at this point you concern yourself about not getting yourself drained before the playing field evens out,” Boudreaux said.
In action against University, a scoreless first quarter stifled Brusly in a 56-41 loss to the Cubs.
U-High took an 11-0 lead over BHS in the first quarter and built a 23-9 advantage over the Panthers by halftime.
The Panthers tried to pull things together in the second half when they outscored the Cubs 17-15 in the third quarter.
U-High maintained its momentum and outshot the Panthers 18-15 the final quarter to take the win.
Travin Thibodeaux led the Panthers with 14 points, while Michael Bryant and Tyree Johnson both netted 11.
Wayde Simms and Skylar Mays each posted 17 for the Cubs, who improved to 17-3 for the season.
The next road trip proved as bumpy as the first when Parkview pulled from a three-point halftime deficit to topple the Panthers in a low scoring affair, 35-26.
Parkview erupted from a third-quarter lull with 15 points in the final quarter to pull past BHS.
Scoring went cold for both teams in the third, which ended with a 22-20 Panther lead.
BHS mustered only four points in the third and Parkview eked out five.
The Eagles led 13-11 at the end of the first quarter, but Brusly pulled from the deficit to lead the Eagles 18-15 at the intermission.
Thibodeaux led Brusly with eight points.
Robert Vial notched a game-high 18 for Parkview.
The Panthers have an open date Friday after their battle against Port Allen from Tuesday (after press time).
Brusly resumes action Tuesday at West Feliciana. The Panthers return to homecourt Jan. 24 to entertain Baker.