The Donaldsonville Lady Tigers love to go on scoring sprees.
Donaldsonville scored the first 11 points of the game and went on a 15-2 run to open the second half on the way to a 54-41 win Monday night over Lutcher in the girls District 9-3A basketball tournament held at the St. James gym in Vacherie.
“That’s something we have been doing. We’re trying to get them to get to get into their offense and scored a little bit more but our game is pushing the ball up and down the floor. When we go into a drought, we go into a drought until we hit the first two baskets and then we can start to get into our spurts like we normally do,” Donaldsonville coach Shawancy Joseph said.
The Lady Tigers (14-10) advance to the tournament championship game Thursday against St. James. The Lady Wildcats edged E.D. White 44-43 on Monday.
The 11-0 run staked the Lady Tigers to the early lead. Lutcher didn’t score its first point until almost the halfway mark of the opening quarter on a Dyhn McKinley free throw.
By the time the quarter was over, Donaldsonville had a 15-7 lead.
Lutcher attacked the basket in the second quarter, often sending McKinley to the free-throw line.
LHS (9-12) scored the first five points of the first half to rally to within 15-13 but failed to take full advantage as they went 4 of 12 from the free-throw line in the quarter and 6 of 19 in the first half. McKinley was 1 of 6 from the line in the second quarter.
Lutcher rallied back when the Lady Tigers went to their bench.
“We had a changeup in our lineup. The girls that came off the bench pretty much didn’t take care of their job and we ended up letting them back in by careless turnovers and not being on our position on offense and not being on our position on defense,” said Joseph.
The Lady Tigers rebuilt their lead and was up 27-16 at halftime.
The 15-2 run to open the second half allowed the Lady Tigers to build their biggest lead of the game at 24 points, 42-18.
“We wanted to take it slow. We wanted to run our offense, and pretty much on defense, we were trying to play our 1-2-2 (zone) but we kept giving them that inside look – something that we worked on in practice. We just got out of position and they pretty much beat us inside for a good little while until we finally adjusted,” Joseph said.
Most of the fourth quarter was spent at the free-throw line for both teams. The Lady Bulldogs proved to be better in the fourth quarter at the line, hitting on 6 of 8 to help make the final 54-41.
Lutcher’s Jaleah Lafargue scored 11 points for Lutcher in the fourth quarter to finish with a game-high 23 points. McKinley had nine for the Lady Bulldogs.
Quinntryce Bell topped Donaldsonville in scoring with 13 points. Jayla Walker and L’Nysia Johnson each added eight points for the Lady Tigers.