Lady Griffins still young and learning in 2009-10

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Ka’Nesheia Cobbins returns for her junior season after averaging 20 points and 11 rebounds last year to earn all-District 6-5A first-team honors.

GEISMAR ­– After losing just one regular from a playoff team a year ago, expectations at Dutchtown should be high but inexperience and injuries still have the Lady Griffins cautious.

Dutchtown finished with a 19-10 overall record last season after falling to Dominican 71-48 in the Class 5A bi-district playoffs and were third in District 6-5A standings with a 6-4 record.

“It is actually a different starting lineup this year than last,” Dutchtown head coach Annette Lowery said. “Usually, when you say you have everybody coming back, you might lose one player and have one come off the bench but for me as the Dutchtown coach, I feel we are still young and have a lot to learn. We are still learning how to play with each other.”

The Lady Griffins lone loss to graduation was honorable mention pick Rhondalon Popularus.

However, Dutchtown does return first-team pick and former district MVP Ka’Nesheia Cobbins, who averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds per game, along with honorable mention selection Maureen Gross who put up 11 points and eight rebounds per game.

“We do have (Cobbins) returning and she is being recruited at the next level so that is a good thing we have there. (Gross) went out with an MCL strain and is out for a couple of weeks.”

The Lady Griffins are also without the services of point guard Victoria Lowery who is having reconstructive surgery on her ankle, but they do return Jodi Hill, Brittney Lacy, LaToya Evans, Ciera Dukes and have added Brelle Ford, a transfer from?East Ascension.

“I really can’t tell you what our strengths are right now,” Lowery said. “We are still in the process of learning. We have only been giving up 40 points per game as of right now but we have plenty of weaknesses. We can’t turn the ball over and we are not making free throws.

“I can’t really say running the floor is going to be the case for us. Protecting the ball and not turning it over is the key. Playing together as a team and working hard will go a long way.”

Dutchtown opened the season at St. Joseph’s before facing St. Thomas Aquinas, Covington and Benton in the Denham Springs Tournament and John Curtis, Ursuline and Woodlawn in the Battle on the Bayou Tournament at the Alario Center.

After participating in the Zachary Tournament the Lady Griffins host Woodlawn. A trip to Istrouma precedes the Sam Houston Tournament and a trip back to the Alario Center to participate in the Rumble on the River Tournament.

“Every game we play, we are trying to get better,” Lowery said. “I always tell my young ladies we get better in practice. We are going to do our best to compete. Anytime we go out and play, we are going out there to win a ball game.

“I look for us to win district. That is what everybody plays for and make it to the playoffs and hopefully win a championship.”