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EA girls get second straight win as they power past E. Iberville

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com

The East Ascension Lady Spartans followed up their impressive 10-point win over Donaldsonville with another double-digit victory on Monday night, but it was a victory that frustrated head coach Dennis Chandler for much of the game.

"If we had executed better offensively, this would have never gotten close. We don't execute consistently," Chandler said. "When we run the offense the way it's supposed to be run, we've gotten easy lay-ups all season long, but they get impatient."

Despite the struggles of his offense, East Ascension was able to fight off a pesky East Iberville team that cut the lead to four points in the fourth quarter. It was then that the Lady Spartans finally put the foot on the gas and ran away with a 55-41 win.

East Ascension looked good early on. With some hot shooting, they were able to jump out to a 13-3 first-quarter lead. However, they could never put the game away because of inopportune turnovers.

With the errors and with Alona Washington scoring eight of the Lady Tigers' points, East Ascension led 21-10 at the end of one.

In the second quarter, East Iberville got two 3-pointers from Jasmine Mosby, and East Ascension continued to get sloppy with the ball. They also cooled off with their shooting.

It allowed the Lady Tigers to hang around and go into the half only trailing by 10.

The Lady Spartan offense was still stagnant to start the third quarter. They were only able to score six points during that stretch.

Meanwhile, East Iberville kept chipping away at the lead and only trailed 36-30 heading into the fourth.

The Lady Tigers kept fighting as Washington scored two big buckets down low to get the deficit down to four points.

Finally, East Ascension's offense was able to wake up and help them seize control of the game.

The offensive surge was led by their defense creating turnovers. It helped them end the game on an 11-1 run and take the 55-41 victory.

"I like the way we played at the end. We showed a little bit of poise, and we executed better offensively and defensively," Chandler said.

Washington kept East Iberville in the game as she poured in a game-high 25 with Mosby chipping in with 11.

East Ascension was provided with offense down low by Railyn Shelvin as she finished with nine.

Even though the Lady Spartans earned the win, Coach Chandler was not happy with how they struggled to put away East Iberville.

"Bad shot-selection and unforced turnovers, you can't do it that way. If we just take care of the ball and rebound, it's an easy game," Chandler said. "We just made it tough. Not taking away from [East Iberville[, but we made it tougher than it had to be."

After a bit of a rough start, the win was East Ascension's second straight, and it put them at 3-6 overall.

Coach Chandler knows his team is still a work in progress. He said, "I want to see us cut down on turnovers, have better mental focus, be more physically and mentally alert on the court and show more patience on offense."