Lutcher uses height to finish strong dropping Lady Griffins

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Brooke Bahlinger delivers a kill over Lutcher’s Sarah Lambert in the third game of the Lady Bulldogs’ 25-19, 23-25, 25-9, 25-15 victory Tuesday night. Bahlinger led Dutchtown with 10 kills, 21 digs and three aces.

GEISMAR – Dutchtown rallied to take the second game but Lutcher responded to take the next two and the match 25-19, 23-25, 25-9, 25-15 Tuesday night in DTHS’ Auxiliary Gym.

Lauren?Bourgeois led Lutcher with 13 kills and five blocks. Holly Martin had 24 assists and Keri Zeringue and Lauren Martin each had 20 digs, while Hannah Naquin and Alexis Louque each had two aces.

“They were able to a lot of times look over the top of the block and place the ball into places that we weren’t at.,” Dutchtown head coach Patrick Ricks said. “They knew what spots are open and out executed us. We couldn’t find holes in their defense as well as they could find holes in ours.

“I felt like we spent too much time between games focusing on the things we did well instead of the things we needed to work on.”

Brooke Bahlinger provided 10 kills, 21 digs and three aces for the Lady Griffins (4-4), while Jodi Hill had 15 kills and three blocks. Ryan Hamilton had 31 assists and Justine Tureau supplied 25 digs, while Danielle Lightfoot had three blocks.

“When we don’t play well is when we don’t play with confidence,” Lutcher head coach Ricky LeBlanc said. “When we do that, we are not at our best. When we play with confidence and just let it rip, usually good things happen for us.”

Lutcher won the first game on a net violation and led by as  much as 15-5 in the second game on Naquin’s dink before two kills by Sydney Loupe sandwiched around Hill’s sparked the Lady Griffins.

Hill and Bahlinger’s kills cut it to 18-11 before Lightfoot blocked Zeringue to make it 20-16.

Bahlinger’s ace knotted it up after Lightfoot’s kill and it was Bahlinger’s kill on a long volley that put Dutchtown ahead 22-21. Dutchtown won on another Bahlinger kill after Taylor Heltz’s return error set up game point.

Lutcher jumped out to a 7-1 lead on Naquin’s ace and never looked back in the third game. The Lady Bulldogs won  the game on a foot fault after Hill’s kill and Loupe’s ace.

Dutchtown took an early lead in the final game courtesy of Hamilton’s ace but Lutcher went ahead for good 6-5 on Bourgeois’ kill during a 6-0 run after Tureau dug Zeringue.

Kills by Hill and Loupe kept Dutchtown within striking distance but Bourgeois blocked Tureau and then Brittany Lacy to set up match point on her kill.

After being swept by St. Thomas Aquinas, the Lady Griffins reeled off four straight wins over University, Baton Rouge, Ascension Catholic and Bethany Christian in the Dutchtown Tournament before falling to Central.