Parish teams compete in second round of playoffs

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Kyra Harleaux scored 14 in Dutchtown's first-round win over Fontainebleau. Photo by David Folse II.

Three Gonzales area girl’s basketball teams competed in second-round playoff action last night. Only one survived and advanced.

After a special season that culminated in a district title and 23-game winning streak, East Ascension saw their year end in a second-round upset loss to Pineville on Monday night.

Pineville was able to go ahead 26-24 right before the break, but the game continued to be back and forth in the second half.

East Ascension regained a 36-35 advantage heading into the fourth, but with just 14 seconds remaining in the game, Pineville’s Krystal Freeman knocked down two huge free throws to give them a 2-point advantage.

On the other end, they were able to force a turnover in the closing moments to pull off the upset over the Lady Spartans and end their 23-game winning streak.

It was only East Ascension’s second loss of the season.

In defeat, McZeal led the way for the Lady Spartans with 14. Lariah Ealy was close behind with 13.

East Ascension finished the year with an overall record of 24-2.

Dutchtown reached the second round after an impressive first-round victory over Fontainebleau. Monday night they went on the road to face fourth-seeded Denham Springs—a team they had lost to during the regular season.

The Lady Yellow Jacket defense dominated much of the contest in a 48-32 victory.

The first quarter was ugly, with both teams combining for just 11 points. By the time the break rolled around, Denham Springs led, 19-14.

In the third, the Lady Yellow Jacket offense finally got going, but Dutchtown continued to struggle. They scored just 6 in the quarter—allowing Denham Springs to take a comfortable 33-20 advantage heading into the fourth.

From there, Denham Springs was able to cruise to the 48-32 victory.

In the loss, Dutchtown was held to just 28-percent shooting from the field.

Their high scorer was Crawford with 8 points. Brittney Lewis had 7, and Harleaux scored 6.

With the defeat, Dutchtown ended their season with an overall record of 22-10.

Led by Jamilyn Robinson and East Iberville transfer Alona Washington, Ascension Christian finished the regular season on a 12-3 tear after beginning the year just 2-10.

This strong run allowed the Lady Lions to earn the No. 8 seed in the new Division IV playoffs.

This marked only the third time the Ascension Christian girls had ever made the postseason, and it was their highest seeding in school history.

Also, because of the high ranking, Ascension Christian was awarded a first-round bye and allowed to host their second-round game.

This marked the first time the Lady Lions ever reached the second round and the first time they ever hosted a playoff game.

Ascension Christian continued making history as they blew away St. Edmunds, 64-37, to collect their first ever playoff victory on Monday night.

The win pushed them through to the quarterfinals—where they’ll now go on the road to meet top-seeded Houma Christian for second-round action Thursday night.

Houma Christian went 23-7 during the regular season.