Dutchtown and St. Amant end week with wins
Dutchtown and St. Amant had lost six straight games between them heading into last Friday night's district matchups, but each came out with much-needed victories.
The Griffins entered their home contest with McKinley fresh off of back-to-back losses. First, they fell to East Ascension in a crucial battle for the district lead. They never did recover as they lost again just four days later.
This time, they fell to Woodlawn and in the process, only mustered 32 points.
The Dutchtown offense looked much better against McKinley on Friday night. In fact, the Griffins scored more points by halftime than they scored in the entire Woodlawn loss.
Dutchtown exploded for 39 in the first half as they led comfortably 39-27, but things got interesting in the third.
The Panthers dished out their best offensive output of the game as they erupted for 21 while Dutchtown could only respond with 11 points of their own. It helped them cut the lead to 50-48 heading into the fourth.
However, that was as much ground as McKinley was able to make up. The Griffins put up 22 in the final stanza and did just enough defensively to hold on 72-63.
Patrick Thompson led the way for Dutchtown with a game-high 20 points, Christian Thompson followed close behind with 15 and Leonard Scott finished with 11.
The win improved the No. 14 Griffins' overall record to 21-7 and with Woodlawn's loss to East Ascension on Friday night, it put them back at No. 2 in the district.
As for St. Amant, they were in desperate need of a win after dropping four straight. That streak finally came to an end as they easily dispatched of Catholic in the Gold Dome 57-32.
The Gators were fueled by seven 3-pointers--three of them coming from point guard Donald LeBlanc. Jonavon Lewis and Dequincy Deverteuil each hit two.
LeBlanc led all St. Amant scorers with 16, Mason Clouatre had 11 and Brandon Guillory chipped in with nine of his own.
The win ended the Gators' second losing streak of four or more games this season. Earlier in the year, they fought through five straight losses.
The thrashing of Catholic boosted their overall record to 19-11 and awarded them their fourth district win of the season.