ROLLIN' ALONG: Lady Griffins run away from Woodlawn in second half

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Ka’Nesheia Cobbins drives lanein between Woodlawn’s Adrianna Williams, Chelsea Christopher and Brittany?Marioneaux in the second quarter of the Lady Griffins’ 56-40 victory Monday night. Cobbins had a game-high 17 points.

GEISMAR?– Dutchtown used a 21-3 run in the third quarter to pull away with a convincing 56-40 victory after Woodlawn cut the deficit to one to open the second half Monday night at DTHS’ gym.

LaToya Evans’ free throws started the run which she capped with a transition bucket.

“We are starting to gel but we still have a lot to work on,” Dutchtown head coach Annette Lowery said. “In our zone, we didn’t shift like we are supposed to and gave up too many looks. You can’t survive with 18 turnovers and right now we are not doing a very good job of protecting the ball.

“We gave them a challenge to go out there and be aggressive on defense and be patient on offense and that was what we were trying to focus on at the start of the second half. We did a pretty good job of that. Instead of one pass or two we were patient offensively and did a better job defensively.”

Ka’ Nesheia Cobbins led Dutchtown (7-4), who won their fifth straight game after claiming the Zachary Tournament this past weekend, with 17 points. Evans, who hit six 3-pointers in one game of the tournament, added 10 points, while Brelle Ford provided nine and Maureen Gross had eight.

“We have seven girls and anyone of them could start,” Lowery said. “We mix it up to give them some different looks offensively and defensively. (Cobbins) can play all five positions. We played well with her at guard but then we miss her on the boards so it is give and take.”

Brittany Marioneaux led Woodlawn (8-6) with 15 points, while Kuriyan Allen added 10.

“We just got frustrated,” Woodlawn head coach Dayna Kohn said. “The bottom line is their girls did what they had to do to win the game and we didn’t.”

Aarinesha Augustus’ dish to Allen off a steal opened the second half before Dutchtown’s run. Ciera Dukes fed Evans in transition and Cobbins fed a cutting Britney Lacy inside before Marioneaux hit a 3-pointer from the left wing.

Ford’s jumper and one preceded Cobbins’ dish to Evans off a steal and Gross’ turnaround jumper. A trio of free throws from?Cobbins made it 44-26 going into the final frame after Sarah Saymeh’s jumper.

Lacy’s dish to Gross inside gave Dutchtown their biggest lead 52-28 with just over three minutes to play after Dukes’ layup off a steal and Cobbins’ putback and transition basket.

Dukes’ transition bucket preceded Allen’s layup off a steal before Saymeh’s 3-pointer near the top of the key reflected the final tally. 

The lead changed hands five times in the first quarter before Woodlawn built a 12-6 lead on Marioneaux’s turnaround jumper after Ford’s inside bucket and one briefly but the Lady?Griffins ahead.

Cobbins’ jumper and lay up in transition cut the deficit to two going into the second quarter and consecutive dishes to Gross inside from Ford and Evans  put the Lady Griffins up for good.

Allen’s lane drive cut it to 21-18 at halftime after Evans’ 3-pointer from the right wing and Cobbins’ putback and drive.

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Dutchtown’s Brelle Ford battles for a rebound in the first quarter of the Lady Griffins’ 56-40 victory over Woodlawn Monday night.