Lady Spartans’ final run clips Donaldsonville

Peter Silas Pasqua
East Ascension’s Machaddy Williams goes up for a shot as Donaldsonville’s Keona Julien and Laneisha Stephens defend in the second half of the Lady Spartans 29-23 victory Thursday evening.

ST. AMANT - East Ascension scored the final two baskets to defeat Donaldsonville, 29-23, in the opening game of the St. Amant Jamboree in the Gold Dome Thursday evening.

East Ascension opened the regular season Monday against defending Class 4A state champion St. Michael. 

“I think we have four or five good ballplayers when everybody is healthy,” East Ascension head coach Dennis Chandler said. “I like Donaldsonville’s squad. I like our squad if we get healthy.

Kendra Coleman led all scorers with 17 points for Donaldsonville.

“To be honest, Kendra stopped shooting for a while,” Chandler said. “I would like to say it was our defense but I am not so sure it was. We didn’t stop shooting. We lost focus a couple of times and then she made five just good basketball plays. She is just an outstanding basketball player.”

Kaneesha Grant led East Ascension with 12 points and Alexis Ruth added nine.

“The physical nature of the game hurt us,” Donaldsonville head coach Butch Little said. “We didn’t play well. We are missing some chemistry. There was nothing we could do to offset their press and man to man.

“EA left some of our girls all by themselves to go double team Kendra but we didn’t take advantage of that which tells me are not together yet. She quit shooting because she quit handling the ball. She is going to have to learn that she is the one that will have to do it for us.”

Knotted up 12-12 at half-time, Grant fed Ruth off a rebound to open the second half before a penetrating dish to Katona Blanche inside. Symone Miller’s pass to Ruth off a steal put East Ascension ahead 18-12.

Coleman nailed a 3-pointer for the left wing before Grant’s drive in transition and one. Coleman followed with a lane drive before Kayla Mollere’s put back cut it to 23-21.

Grant’s drive preceded Coleman’s penetrating dish to Mollere before Ruth’s lay-up off a steal and Grant’s dish to Miller provided the final tally.

Dutchtown 37,  St. Amant 8

Dutchtown held St. Amant scoreless through the first half going ahead 17-0 before cruising to a 37-8 victory in the second game of the St. Amant Jamboree at the Gold Dome Thursday evening.

Ka’Neshia Cobbins led all scorers with 13 points for Dutchtown while Brittany Lacy and Maureen Gros each added eight.

“We didn’t play very well defensively but they are a young team just like we are and we are growing hopefully,” Dutchtown head coach Annette Lowery said. “We lost five players from last year. We have won district four out of six years so the tradition at Dutchtown is winning but we are going to go through a few bumps. We have to play extremely hard and smart.”

Jasmine Hampton fed Gros inside of an inbounds pass to make it 5-0 early before Cobbins lay up off a steal and one. Rhondalon Popularus’ dish to Jodi Hill along the left baseline and Gros inside made it 16-0.

 “We pretty much started over last year so we play a lot of really young girls,” St. Amant head coach Stacey Babin said. “We are going to get better. We played good defense and when we begin to drop a few our confidence in our shooting rises and we start rolling along.”

K.K. Acy’s put back put St. Amant on the board to open the second half before Popularus fed Cobbins inside. Lauren Langlois’ jumper cut it to 19-4 before Gros’ put back and Hampton’s dish to Popularus in transition.

Langlois fed Kallie Vidrine along the right baseline and Megan Poore’s dish to Kaitlin McClure on the left baseline cut it to 24-8 before Dutchtown closed out the contest on a 13-0 run.

Ariel Beachum fed Lacy inside of an inbounds before Hill and Ciera Dukes’ dishes to Cobbins. Hill’s roller preceded Lacy’s free throws and put back.

Dutchtown opens the season at the Denham Springs tourney, while St. Amant travels to Covington Tuesday.

St. Amant’s Megan Poore strips Dutchtown’s Ka’Neshia on a fast break attempt during the Lady Griffins’ 37-8 victory Thursday evening.