AND NO MORE: Ponchatoula knocks out Lady Griffins in bi-district
GEISMAR?– Ponchatoula, which led by as many as 10 points in the first quarter, held off Dutchtown for a 66-63 upset Class 5A bi-district playoff victory Thursday night at DTHS’ gym.
The Lady Green Wave made eight of 10 free throws in the final two minutes to seal the victory.
No. 21 seed Ponchatoula (27-15) moves on ton face fifth seeded John Ehret. 12th-seeded Dutchtown ends the season with an overall record of 21-9.
“We needed to protect the ball and we didn’t do that,” Dutchtown head coach Annette Lowery said. “We left them wide open for 3-pointers. They just outplayed us tonight. We didn’t come ready. Turnovers killed us. Once you are out on the floor, it doesn’t make a difference what seed you are. If we would have came out prepared to play, it might have been a different story but I am not going to take away anything from Ponchatoula. They played extremely well.
“It is very disappointing. We won our district and just didn’t show up to play tonight. Last year, we were inexperienced. Now we have experience and we just did not handle the situation. It seemed like they wanted it more than we did.”
Ka’Nesheia Cobbins led Dutchtown with 21 points, while Victoria Lowery added 15, Maureen Gross provided 11, LaToya Evans had eight and Brittany Lacy chipped in four.
Anne James had a game-high 28 points for Ponchatoula, while Bria Bohanon added 13, Bailie Savoy provided nine, Robin Richardson had six and Hannah Fletcher chipped in five.
“We have overcome a lot in the last couple of days,” Ponchatoula acting head coach Jennifer Howes said. “I had no doubt about their ability. We have been able to implement some new stuff and really take advantage of some of our strengths and I feel like we pulled it all together here. We came out with intensity and finished with intensity. This is a program that has had a lot of success in the past and they know what it is like come playoff time.
“Everything begins and ends with (Cobbins) for them. We really had to make some adjustments to key in on her and force somebody else to handle the ball. We were able to create some turnovers and I feel that is when we are at our best.”
Bohanon and James each converted off steals to open the contest before Lowery fed Lacy in transition to put Dutchtown on the board. Cobbins’ reverse and one cut it to 6-5 after James’ baseline jumper but Savoy connected on three 3-pointers before Richardson’s free throws built the largest lead of the night, 17-7. Cobbins’ dish to Lowery in transition cut it to six going into the second quarter.
Evans’ putback knotted it up 20-20 after James and Lowery traded 3-pointers before Cobbins’ coast to coast layup. Cobbins’ dish to Lowery for a 3-pointer in the right corner put Dutchtown ahead 29-27 with 1:37 left to play before James answered. James’ inside bucket made it 35-31 at halftime after her 3-pointer from the right corner following Cobbins’ baseline weave.
Cobbins’ dish to Gross inside for an and one put Dutchtown ahead 43-42 with 2:45 left in the third quarter after Evans fed Lowery for a 3-pointer in the left corner to open the half. Bohanon’s layup off a steal put the Green Wave ahead 49-45 going into the final frame after her 3-pointer put them up for good.
Ponchatoula led by as much as six in the final quarter before Cobbins’ free throws with 54.6 seconds remaining cut it to 60-58 but Fletcher hit four free throws in the final seconds to seal the win despite Jodi Hill’s putback at the buzzer to reflect the final tally.