Lady Wildcats fall in first round to Pineville, 57-38
Destrehan junior guard Jordan Dabney led the Lady Wildcats with 16 points in their 57-38 loss to Pineville on Monday.
The Lady Wildcats finished with 23 turnovers in the game and only connected on 11 of their 53 shots from the field. Despite trailing 31-21 at halftime, Destrehan did make a comeback in the third quarter.
The Lady Wildcats opened the second half on a 10-4 run and cut the Pineville lead to four on a 3-pointer by Jasmine Morris. However, Pineville ended the quarter with a 40-34 lead and outscored the Lady Wildcats 17-4 in the fourth for the win.
Destrehan head coach Angi Butler was proud of how her team responded in the third.
"At halftime we talked about playing our game and knowing we had the talent to pull the game off," she said. "The girls settled down in the third quarter and we made a nice run, but in the fourth quarter we had a few get into foul trouble and it threw them off. We just broke down."
Jordan Dabney led Destrehan with 16 points, with 15 of those coming in the first half. Ariele Davis led Pineville with 14 points.
Though Destrehan lost in the first round, they accomplished something this season that they hadn’t done in six years – win a district championship. The Lady Wildcats finished with a 9-1 record in league play with their only loss coming to East St. John.
Butler said that a tough early schedule prepared her team well for district. Even though the Lady Wildcats suffered some losses during that stretch, they seemed to put everything together when they entered league play.
"We made the playoffs last year, but this year I wanted an even tougher schedule to start with," Butler said. "We took some losses, but when we entered district play we were more aggressive on defense and were a more consistent team when it comes to our shooting percentage from the field."
Butler said she was "extremely proud" of her girls for stepping up and striving to attain their overall goal of winning district.
"We have set a team goal every year that I have been at DHS and we continue to strive to meet those goals at all costs," Butler said. "They have come a long way over the past three years and I look forward to watching them become more effective on defense and more consistent on offense."
Butler also hopes the district title leads to more success next season for her seven returning players.
"Their confidence has increased, but I have taught the girls to stay humble and respect all of our opponents," she said. "They are happier on the court and play better as a team knowing that they have the potential to be champions."
Though they won District 8-5A, Destrehan received the 21st seed in the playoffs due to early season struggles. However, Butler said one of the team’s main goals next year will be to finish in the top 15 in Class 5A and advance to the second round of the playoffs.
"With the hard work and determination these girls finished with this season, that goal will be attainable for us in the 2013-14 season," she said. "I am really looking forward to next year and seeing them raise the bar and step their games up."
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