Struggling Lady Spartans end year with blowout of Dutchtown

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
East Ascension's Jasmine Nicholas takes a contested jumper. Photo by DKMoon Photography.

In their regular-season finales, the Dutchtown Lady Griffins were playing for a possible playoff spot; East Ascension was playing for pride. On Thursday night, pride won out.

Amidst a district schedule filled with struggles, the Lady Spartans finally put it all together to crush Dutchtown at home, 55-33, and end the season on a high note.

It was all working for East Ascension. They shot well from the floor, they played great defense, they seemed to corral all the loose balls and a huge first quarter helped them set the tone for the entire game.

"It's the first time we've done that the whole season," Lady Spartan head coach Dennis Chandler said. "If you watch us play, we might play one good quarter and then things go haywire so it's kind of disappointing because I think we could have played like this all season."

East Ascension looked like the team battling for a playoff spot.

They came out hot as they sank almost all of the great looks they were getting inside and raced out to a 14-6 advantage. Jasmine Young then drilled a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Lady Spartans a 17-6 lead heading into the second.

After the advantage went up to 13, La'Shon Redditt scored six quick points for Dutchtown to bring them within 11. However, Jasmine Nicholas kept East Ascension out in front.

She was on fire the whole game. She drilled a jumper to put the lead back to 15, and the Lady Spartans led 27-14 at the half.

The onslaught continued in the third quarter.

Young opened the half with two free throws to put East Ascension up 19 and after another Nicholas jumper, the advantaged stretched out to 21.

During the quarter, Dutchtown was routinely outhustled and outrebounded.

When Faith Carmouche made a basket down low before the final seconds ticked away, the Lady Spartans had taken a 40-20 lead into the final quarter.

The Lady Griffins made one final push. They made two quick baskets to start the period; it cut the deficit to 16, but they could get no closer.

After Carmouche received a great dish and scored another basket down low, East Ascension went back up by 20.

With the insurmountable lead, the wheels fell off for Dutchtown. They turned the ball over and bunches, and East Ascension was able to make them pay every time.

In the end, the Lady Spartans claimed their most impressive victory of the year, a 55-33 thrashing of the Lady Griffins.

After heading into the game with five straight losses, it was the perfect way to end the season for East Ascension.

"It's good to end the season this well. We haven't shot it well all season and missing all those easy layups, that's been our season," Chandler said. "We've left a lot of points out there but tonight, we did a better job of converting some of those easy baskets, and we played defense better than we had been."

Nicholas was unstoppable as she poured in a game-high 22. Young chipped in with nine.

Dutchtown didn't have much going on offensively. Redditt was their leading scorer with 11.

The Lady Griffins were just outside the playoff picture looking in before the game. It was vital they won the matchup to have a chance to squeeze into the field.

With the disappointing loss, those postseason hopes were dashed. Their season came to a close at 18-13 overall.