Dutchtown pulls away from Lady Gators to remain in first place
ST. AMANT – Dutchtown ended the first half on a 6-0 run to built a 12-point lead on way to a 56-35 District 6-5A victory Friday night at the Gold Dome.
The Lady Griffins held St. Amant to just four first quarter points and five in the final frame after building a 30-18 halftime lead.
“I think as we go deeper into the season we are getting a little bit better,” Dutchtown head coach Annette Lowery said. “We have chemistry working well and we have a nice little rotation going. We shot the ball a lot better tonight and didn’t have many turnovers. They stepped up the challenge tonight knowing it was going to be a fight with St. Amant because they are not the team they were last year by no means.”
Latoya Evans led Dutchtown (16-7, 4-0), who remains perched atop district standings, with 22 points. Maureen Gross added 16, while Ka’Nesheia Cobbins provided 10 and Victoria Lowery had six.
“We like to work it inside and then out,” Lowery said. “I have been subbing Maureen and Victoria at the same time if I am not starting them together so that we can get the ball inside.”
Bria Turner led St. Amant (12-14, 1-3) with 14 points, while Elena Villar added 11, Kaitlin McClure provided six and Kayln Acy had four.
“I think they beat us in transition,” St. Amant head coach Kristy Englade said. “They have several weapons that were hard for us to adjust to. They are deep as well and athletic. I just think depth hurt us. We have come along way and I am very proud of the way we are playing. We just have to take that next step and it is going to take us some time.”
Villar’s putback cut it to 15-8 going into the second quarter after Evans’ spin off a steal. Cobbins’ layup off a steal opened the second quarter before Lowery’s 3-pointer from the left corner.
McClure’s dish to Turner preceded Lowery’s pass to Gross inside and Cobbins’ assist to Evans off a steal to give Dutchtown a 24-12 lead.
Lowery’s 3-pointer from the left corner ended a 6-0 St. Amant run that saw Turner drive lane and Villar convert inside but Evans’ dish to Gross inside helped put the Lady Griffins ahead 30-18 at halftime.
Turner’s spin off a steal opened the second half before Ciera Dukes fed Evans for a 3-pointer on the left wing. Cobbins sandwiched passes to Gross inside around Villar’s dish out to Turner following Acy’s floater in the lane.
Cobbins’ dish to Evans for a 3-pointer on the right wing put Dutchtown ahead 44-25 after Lowery fed Gross inside.
Turner’s 3-pointer from near the top of the key just before the buzzer cut it to 48-30 going into the final frame after feeding Villar inside and Cobbins’ drive.
Kourtney Gautreaux fed Acy inside to open the fourth quarter before Lowery sandwiched dishes to Gross inside around McClure’s layup off a steal. Cobbins’ dish to Gross inside reflected the final tally after Hill converted off a near steal.