MAUREPAS – Never in a coaching career that’s spanned 47 years had Holden boys basketball coach Kenny Almond ever experienced anything like it before.
His Rockets were shut out in the first quarter of Thursday’s consolation bracket in the Livingston Parish Tournament by host Maurepas, trailing 5-0.
“Maybe once that we held the other team scoreless, but that’s never happened to me,” Almond said. “That doesn’t happen much. We may have set a Livingston Parish Tournament record.”
Fifth-seeded Holden was finally able to break a 10-plus-minute scoreless drought, regained the lead for good midway through the second quarter and went on to register a 47-26 victory over ninth-seeded Maurepas.
Holden (8-5) will play in Saturday’s consolation final at 1:30 against the Springfield-Albany winner.
“We needed a win bad,” Almond said.
Dylan Gueldner scored 18 and Hartland Litolff came off the bench to score 17. Cole Forbes added 10 points.
Hunter Dupuy led Maurepas (5-8) with 16 points, including four 3-pointers.
Litolff scored two quick baskets after entering the game, the second from the lane for a 6-5 lead with 4:54 to go before halftime.
The Rockets went on to a 15-8 halftime lead and outscored the Wolves 18-9 in the third quarter for a 33-17 lead.
Gueldner scored in transition, while Litolff added consecutive baskets to cap a 6-0 run.
“When you’re scoring you can press, and we got some of those points from the press,” Almond said. “If you don’t score, you can’t press because you’ve got to get back on defense.”
Holden (girls) 70, Maurepas 38
Holden co-coach Pam Forbes was hard-pressed to recall ever having six players foul out of a game. The Lady Rockets also lost the services of Shelby Forbes with 3:22 remaining with an apparent knee injury.
Before it started losing players, Holden (4-7) was able to make a big lead stand up and move on to the consolation final at noon Saturday following a 76-38 victory over Maurepas.
“We really needed something good to happen for us,” Coach Forbes said. “We planned to play a lot of players before it (six players fouling out) happened. We wanted to be aggressive and we were going with more rotations. I’m happy we were able to play more players, but not like that.”
Jaycee Hughes, the first player to foul out early in the fourth quarter, led the Lady Rockets with 28 points, including 12 in the first half.
Keegan Marchand’s 13 points topped Maurepas (4-7) and Sarah Crawford added 10.
Camille Comish scored eight of her 14 points in the opening half when Holden built a 35-25 halftime lead.
The Lady Rockets outscored the Lady Wolves 18-5 in the third quarter to open a 52-30 advantage.
Emmaleigh Bertrand’s basket in the lane accounted for the final score which was Holden’s biggest lead of the game.