DHS girl’s basketball slips against East Ascension

DeRon Talley
DHS girl’s basketball head coach Amy Blanchard draws up a formation during a timeout in the loss against East Ascension.

The DHS girl’s basketball team came up one point short in a losing effort against East Ascension Monday at the DHS gym. The final score was 40-39 in a game where the Tigers led most of it.

DHS led going into the fourth quarter 28-22, but East Ascension chipped away at the lead and was able to tie the game up at 34 each with 3:57 seconds left in the game.

“They picked up the pressure on us and we really don’t have a legit point guard out there right now,” head coach Amy Blanchard said, who is in her first season as head coach, “so we struggle with some inexperience handling the ball. We made some poor decisions.”

At the end of the first quarter, the game was tied at seven. But, the Tigers picked up the pace in the second and went into the break leading 19-11. Senior Patrice West kept the Tigers in front as much as she could in the game, but the tempo changed when she had shoe troubles. In the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, West’s shoe came off and had to be sidelined to get it relaced. While she was out, East Ascension went up 40-36 and hung on for the lead.

“Some of us got a little frustrated and rattled and that didn’t help anything,” Blanchard said, talking about the closing minutes of the game.

West, who finished the night with 12 points, received some help from freshman teammate Kaylyn Foster who racked up eight points for the Tigers. Blanchard said she knew it was in her to play well.

“She (Foster) played really really well,” Blanchard said. “She was hard on the offensive boards, she had some really good rebounds and a couple of nice shots that she took. She’s got a lot of bright things coming for her and I’m expecting a lot of good things. She’s doing well.”

Blanchard added, “We’re going to take some bumps and bruises, but we’ll get there. I liked our effort. I thought we played hard and I thought our half court man (defense) was pretty good.”