Lady Spartans hold off Donaldsonville’s rally
ST. AMANT - East Ascension scored the final basket to defeat Donaldsonville, 40-36, in the opening game of the St. Amant Jamboree after the Lady Tigers held a 23-21 halftime lead in the Gold Dome Thursday evening.
Alexis Ruth fed Jalen?York inside to reflect the final tally after Kendra Coleman nailed a 19-footer in the left corner and Kayla Mollere converted a 3-point play off a putback.
“It is a jamboree and it gives the kids a chance to play in a game with referees,” East Ascension head coach Dennis Chandler said. “We have a lot of work to do. We made some mistakes but overall the kids played real hard. The stuff we talked about doing, they made a real good effort to do it and I am pretty much pleased.”
Donaldsonville took the lead 10-9 in the first half on Patrice West’s free throws after Ruth pulled up. Mollere’s dish to West in transition preceded Coleman’s pull up jumper and Bianca Bougere’s lane drive.
“They shot the ball a lot better than we did,” Donaldsonville head coach Butch Little said. “That was the number one thing. They beat us down the floor and outhustled us. It was rough physical game but I was satisfied with how our girls played. I expected just what happened. I knew it was going to be a knock down, drag out game and it was.”
Ruth’s 3-pointer from the right wing cut it to 16-14 before Mollere drove lane and Ruth fed Symone Miller behind her back.
Mollere’s putback made it 23-16 after Coleman rained a 3-pointer from the left wing but EA closed out the half with Miller’s putback and dish to York inside before Ruth’s 3-pointer at the buzzer from the right corner.
Ruth’s bucket off a steal opened the second half before York’s dish to Kiara Lomas put EA?ahead 27-23 and Coleman’s pull up 3-pointer from the left wing.
Miller drove lane before West fed Bianca Harvey inside. Ruth’s dish to Miller in transition and one preceded Bougere’s inbounds pass to York to make it 38-31.
Miller led East Ascension with 15 points, while Ruth added 10, York finished with seven and Lomas had four
Coleman led all scorers with 19 points, followed by Mollere’s seven and Harvey and West’s four.