With the way high school basketball has evolved, games at the end of the regular season feature a new twist.
When Lutcher plays at E.D. White on Friday, it will be a typical District 9-3A battle. But regular-season district titles don’t mean as much as they used to. For example, Friday’s game may be more out seeding, not just for the playoffs, but also for the district tournament that starts next week. The winner of the district tournament, not the team with the best district record, will be the league’s champion.
“We are excited to play Lutcher. It’s a big game for us. We’re 3-1 in district and with a win over Lutcher, we will finish second going into our district tournament for district,” said E.D. White coach Marcey Zeringue.
EDW is 14-11 overall to go along with its 3-1 district mark, while Lutcher is 9-10 overall and 2-2 in league play.
Friday’s encounter will be live-streamed by VSN Louisiana. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. Jason Duhe will be handling the play-by-play chores.
Although E.D. White has three seniors, the Lady Cardinals are a very young team. EDW’s top two scorers, Elizabeth Ayers and Christen Marcombe, are both sophomores.
Ayers is averaging 10.8 points per game.
“Elizabeth is our best shooter. She’s a threat on offense on the outside,” said Zeringue.
Marcombe is averaging 8.1 points and 2.8 steals per contest.
“Christen Marcombe is our point guard and second-leading scorer. She keeps the game under control,” Zeringue said.
Rhiana Eschete, one of the few Lady Cardinal seniors, is the team’s leading rebounder with an average of 4.9 points per game. She is third in scoring at 7.5 per outing.
For Lutcher, point guard Jaleah Lafargue is averaging a double-double.
“She is definitely our go-to player,” said Lutcher coach Taylor Crappell. “She makes everything happen as far as offense, defense. The other girls kind of feed off of her. Offensively, if she is on, everything seems to run quite smoothly.”
Dyhn McKinley has been the Lady Bulldogs’ top inside player although her role has changed in recent outings, according to Crappell.
“She’s our go-to post player but lately she has had to play more guard to help handle the ball a little bit more,” Crappell explained.
Crappell had called Lafargue the Lady Bulldogs’ go-to player. That’s something the Lady Cardinals are keenly aware of.
“We have to contain her,” said Zeringue.
Nailing down who to stop for EDW is a different matter.
“We really don’t have a star player. We are pretty balanced when it comes to scoring,” Zeringue said.
“They are the teams that scare me,” said Crappell. “The ones that are well-rounded all the way across the board. They don’t necessarily have one or two players that stand out. That’s what’s scary from a coach’s standpoint because you can’t really zone in on one or two players.”
More than stopping any one or two players for EDW, Crappell said her Lady Cardinals need to just take care of their own business.
“Offensively, our big thing for us is to minimize the turnovers,” said Crappell. “If we make the good pass and do what we’re supposed to, then we should be fine.”
“If we can get it inside, I’m pretty confident in our post players,” the Lady Bulldogs coach added. “Defensively usually is our strength. Defensively, if we set the tone then the game should be well in our range if we do what we’re supposed to on that end.”