AC girls’ basketball start season 2-0

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @DeRonTalley
ACHS’ Lauren Landry takes a St. James defender to the basket in the season opener on Nov. 18.

The Ascension Catholic Lady Bulldogs basketball team (2-0) have begun the 2014 campaign in high fashion with a win at home and a win on the road to leave the losing column empty on the record sheet.

In the season opener at home on Nov. 18 against St. James, the Lady Bulldogs won convincingly 65-44 and two days later on Nov. 20 they went on the road to Lutcher and won, again, convincingly 78-50.

In the home-opener the Lady Bulldogs came out a little sluggish to start, but once the rust and the nerves wore off it was a high speed chase.

“Coming into the first quarter, we knew what we wanted to do it was just a matter of time getting into exactly what we want to do on offense and defense,” ACHS head coach Shawancy Joseph said about the game against St. James. “We started off slow so I called a timeout to get my girls together and let them know to settle down.”

At the end of the first quarter, ACHS trailed 11-10 but after a series of steals forced by the Lady Bulldogs’ full-court pressure defense, St. James would easily hand over the lead. At the half, ACHS led 27-15.

“That’s the kind of style we want to play,” Joseph said. “I called a timeout because I wanted to change the tempo of the game, it was going too slow and my girls like to run and play fast pace. I called a timeout so we could start out press and that was impressive and changed the momentum of the game and it brought more energy to the game.”

In the two games, senior Jordynn Brown and eighth grader Deja Harvey have led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring. Brown led in scoring against St. James with 24, while Harvey added 21. Against Lutcher, Harvey scored 28 points, while Brown added 21.

Joseph added, “I told my girls when we stick together the sky is the limit for this team.”

The Lady Bulldogs will return to action on Dec. 8 at Holden and will play at home against Donaldsonville on Dec. 15.