BASKETBALL

Dutchtown girls survive sloppy fourth quarter to beat E. Iberville

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Tyler Smith led the Lady Griffins in scoring with 17 in their win over East Iberville. Photo by Dewey Keller.

The Dutchtown Lady Griffins built up a 21-point third-quarter lead last Wednesday night just to see East Iberville fight back and cut the deficit to eight in the fourth.

But even as the game got tense for the first time all night, Dutchtown was able to make key stops and survive with a 50-42 victory.

It was great to get the win, but Lady Griffin head coach Annette Lowery was not happy with how her team performed in the fourth quarter.

"We came into the fourth quarter, and we weren't focused," Lowery said. "We missed 12 lay-ups in the fourth quarter alone. I contribute that to not being focused and not playing hard. We relaxed and when you're up 20 points, you shouldn't relax."

Dutchtown came into the contest not having played a game in 11 days. Their previous matchup with Lutcher had been postponed.

There was no rust evident early on as they scored the first six points of the road contest against East Iberville and eventually took a 9-2 lead.

Six of the points came inside from La'Shon Redditt. The early run allowed them to take a 15-8 advantage into the second quarter.

Tyler Smith then began to heat up down low for the Lady Griffins as she scored two straight buckets to give Dutchtown their biggest lead of the game at 19-8.

However, that's when the Lady Griffins began to get cold. Both teams struggled to find offense at the end of the half, and Dutchtown was forced to settle for a 27-18 advantage at the break.

Things heated up for the Lady Griffins in the third quarter.

After sinking two free throws following a Lady Tiger technical foul, Dutchtown was able to take their biggest lead of the game at 35-21.

It continued to snowball for East Iberville as the Lady Griffins went on a 13-3 run to give them a 19-point advantage.

Finally, to end their spurt, Smith scored in transition and then added two free throws to open up a 44-23 lead for Dutchtown.

Overall, the Lady Griffins out-scored the Lady Tigers 17-8 in the quarter, and they carried a 18-point edge into the fourth.

"It was led by our defense. I switched up Jasmine Jackson on [Alona Washington]. She had 14 of their 18 points in the first half, so our focus was on trying to shut her down," Lowery said.

The fourth quarter was a near disaster for Dutchtown. They had easy look after easy look right under the goal, but they proceeded to miss every single one of them.

In the meantime, East Iberville started sinking their shots and slowly but surely chipped away at the lead. They hit a big 3-pointer to cut the advantage to eight.

With the pressure beginning to mount, Dutchtown was finally able to get a big bucket down low to put the deficit back to 10, and they followed it up with good enough defense to put away the game at 50-42.

Washington gave the Lady Griffins trouble from the very start. She scored 24 of East Iberville's 42 points. Jasmine Mosby chipped in with 10.

As for Dutchtown, they absolutely dominated down low--scoring almost all of their points in the paint.

Redditt finished with 13 and though she missed some easy looks in the fourth quarter, Smith was superb for the rest of the contest as she put up 17 points.

"Tyler Smith stepped up. Usually, La'Shon Redditt is our scorer in the lane, but Ty' did a great job," Lowery said.

The victory improved the Lady Griffins to 8-4 overall, and it was their fourth win in their previous five games.