Lady Griffins shut down EA in second half to win going away
Dutchtown held East Ascension to just two third-quarter points pulling away for 50-33 District 6-5A victory Tuesday night at EAHS’ gym.
The Lady Griffins went on a 10-0 after East Ascension cut it to 26-25 to open the half and used another 8-0 run to put the game away and remain atop district standings.
“I still think the district is wide open,” Dutchtown head coach Annette Lowery said. “It just depends how it rolls out the rest of the season. I am not comfortable because anything can happen on any given night. We just have to play our game and play smart. We have to go out and earn respect every night we go out and play. Bottom line, is when the playoffs come around, it doesn’t matter what your number is.
“We didn’t do too well in the second quarter defensively but it was a hard fought game. We try to push the ball up with two runners in transition but if we don’t have a layup we need to move the ball around. That is some of the things we didn’t do but I was proud of the girls because we never gave up.”
Maureen Gross led Dutchtown (18-8, 6-1) with a game-high 16 points, while Ka’Nesheia Cobbins added 10, LaToya Evans provided nine, Brittany Lacy had eight, Jodi Hill chipped in four and Victoria Lowery scored three.
East Ascension (12-9, 4-3) was led by Symone Miller with 14 points, while Alexis Ruth added 10, Brionca Bougere provided seven and Kiona Lomas had two.
“We had every chance,” East Ascension head coach Dennis Chandler said. “We missed too many shots around the basket. If we can convert those buckets, it would have given us a chance to keep it close. Those were makable shots and they converted theirs. It was like Charles Dickens said. It was a tale of two cities. The first half we did the things we worked on in practice. The second half came and we didn’t. Offensively, we didn’t execute and stopped moving.
“They beat us three times by double digits. In my mind, they are the best team in the district. Until somebody beats them, they are the best team.”
Bougere’s layup off a steal opened the second half before Cobbins’ hop through the lane made it 34-25 going into the second quarter following Hill’s 15-foot baseline jumper,?Cobbins’ putback and Lowery’s dish to Lacy off a backcourt steal.
Evans’ transition layup opened the final frame before Miller’s 3-pointer from the top of the key. Evans’ dish to Gross inside put Dutchtown ahead 44-28 after Cobbins’ transition bucket, Gross’ putback and Lacy’s layup off a steal.
Cobbins’ dish to Gross inside reflected the final tally after Bougere’s floater in transition following Miller’s 3-pointer from the left wing, Gross’ putback and Cobbins’ transition basket.
Dutchtown took a 16-7 lead going into the second quarter behind seven points from Evans in the frame.
East Ascension cut it to 26-23 at halftime getting eight points from Miller and six by Ruth despite Gross’ six in the quarter.