St. Amant overpowers Dutchtown for fourth straight win

Kyle Riviere
St. Amant's MacKenzie Brooks led all scorers with 17 points in the Lady Gators' 47-29 victory over Dutchtown. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

Coming into their district clash on Thursday night, Dutchtown had lost seven straight and St. Amant had won seven of their last eight games.

Though it may have looked like a mismatch on paper, the Lady Gators never took the Lady Griffins lightly. From the very beginning, they played with a sense of urgency.

The result was a performance that head coach Kristy Englade summed up as one of their best all season. They went on the road and beat Dutchtown comfortably, 47-29.

“I think our offense was the key," Englade said. "We were able to get some good looks at the basket, and I think it deflated Dutchtown a little bit. Some of their shots weren’t going in, so I think that helped us gain some confidence and allowed us to put the pedal to the metal."

Dutchtown actually took a 5-0 lead to start the game, but St. Amant quickly responded with a 9-2 run that gave them a 9-7 advantage. Leading the charge was Kelsi Martine--who drilled a 3-pointer.

The Lady Gators led 13-10 after one.

In the second quarter, they took control. St. Amant began the period on a 7-0 spurt.

Again, Martine hit a trey, and Amani Gray added a bucket to push the lead to 10.

Later, Carley Fontenot hit a jumper to make the lead 13, and Martine drilled her third 3-pointer to end the half. It gave St. Amant a comfortable 27-13 advantage at the break.

Dutchtown showed some signs of life to begin the second half. Zaria Harleaux hit a trey of her own to cut the Lady Gator lead to 11.

However, St. Amant promptly answered. Fontenot and MacKenzie Brooks each made layups to push the advantage to 15.

To end the quarter, Brooks drove to the basket once again and made another layup to give St. Amant a 37-20 lead heading to the fourth quarter.

There, Brooks continued to put on a show. She repeatedly slashed to the rim and made contested layups to keep the Lady Gators in command. It helped them close out the 18-point victory.

"MacKenzie had a phenomenal game. She was able to get to the basket and make some key shots that gave us some more confidence," Englade said. "I’m just pleased with the team effort tonight. I haven’t seen us play this well as a unit in the last several games. I hope this can be a springboard for us.”

Brooks led the way for the Lady Gators with a game-high 17. Martine was close behind with 15 points.

As for Dutchtown, they were led by Harleaux, who scored 12. St. Amant was able to limit Nicholls signee Chelsea Cain to just six.

“I think we moved well and communicated defensively," Englade said. "We were able to create some things—especially offensively. We started penetrating, and we were able to kick it out. Kelsi hitting those clutch shots from the outside was huge for us as well. Our kids just played hard.”

The win was St. Amant's fourth straight and their eighth in nine games. It improved their overall record to a stellar 18-4.

Most importantly, the Lady Gators have begun District 5-5A play with a 2-0 record.

“It’s huge to be 2-0 going into McKinley, EA and Broadmoor down the stretch," Englade said. "We needed this badly. I was a bit nervous coming in, knowing what Dutchtown has. They're much better than what their record shows. So for us to come in and play as well as we did on the road, it’s great. Road wins are always good for you."