Lady Griffins pull away from St. Amant inside and in transition

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Ka’Nesheia Cobbins converts in between St. Amant’s Bria Turner, Elena Villar and Kandace Boudreaux in the first half of the Lady Griffins’ 58-43 District 6-5A victory Tuesday night. Cobbins had a game-high 23 points for Dutchtown.

GEISMAR?– Dutchtown outscored St. Amant by 12 points in the second quarter and opened the second half on a 13-5 run to claim a 58-43 District 6-5A victory Tuesday night at DTHS’ gym.

The victory kept the Lady Griffins in first place in district standings with one game remaining.

“Anybody can be beaten on any given night but if we execute the offense and try to get it to the inside, we are OK because we are aggressive on our fast break,” Dutchtown head coach Annette Lowery said. “We got sloppy in the second half and especially at the end. We weren’t focused and I was not happy with that. I am happy with the win and the way we came out in the third quarter but there are 32 minutes in a game and we didn’t play all four quarters.”

Ka’Nesheia Cobbins led all scorers with 23 points for Dutchtown (20-8, 8-1), while Maureen Gross added 17, LaToya Evans had seven, Brittany Lacy and Jodi Hill each provided five and Ciera Dukes chipped in one.

St. Amant (13-19, 2-7) was led by Kalyn Acy with 15 points, while Bria Turner added 12, Elena Villar had eight, Kaitlin McClure provided six and Maddie Reardon chipped in two.

“I think we have taken a huge step in the right direction but it is just a lack of experience,” St. Amant head coach Kristy Englade said. “They have so many weapons and are so athletic, that they can kill you on both ends. It is like double edged sword. We have to learn to guard better. They got us many times from the back side and in transition. A couple of times, we just didn’t know where the ball was at.”

The lead changed hands eight times in the first quarter with the Lady Gators clinging to a 12-11 lead at the conclusion courtesy McClure’s baseline jumper.

Gross putback put Dutchtown ahead for good as the Lady Griffins raced out to a 28-16 lead after Cobbins dished to Lacy in transition and Gross inside. Evans’ transition bucket put Dutchtown ahead 32-19 at halftime.

Hill fed Cobbins inside to open the second half before the Lady Griffins built a 47-26 lead on Evans’ putback. Reardon’s 19-footer from the right corner closed out the third quarter.

Victoria Lowery fed Cobbins inside to open the final frame. Cobbins coast to coast layup and free throws matched the Lady Griffins biggest leads after Acy’s jumper and McClure’s baseline drive.

Turner scored six straight points for St. Amant from the outside to cut it to 53-38 before pulling up for a 3-pointer on the left wing. Cobbins’ dish to Gross inside reflected the final tally after Villar’s jumper.

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Dutchtown's Brittany Lacy gathers a rebound ahead of St. Amant's Elena Villar.