DHS girls’ basketball wins home-opener

DHS’ Xenet Carter took off for an easy lay-up in the win against St. James on Nov. 20.

After losing its season opener on Nov. 18 at Rayne, the Donaldsonville Lady Tigers basketball team (1-1) responded with a nail-biting 35-32 win at home against long-time rivals St. James on Nov. 20.

“It seems like we won the state championship in here,” DHS head coach Nikeya Walker said after the game against St. James.

In a game where only nine points were scored in total between both teams after the first quarter, the Lady Tigers showed resilience in front of their home fans. DHS led 6-3 at the end of the first period, but trailed going into the half 16-11.

“We have so much work we have to do, we missed so many layups, so many free throws but I’m glad they fought through adversity and came out on top,” Walker said, in her second year as head coach.

The Lady Tigers turned on the pressure in the third quarter and forced a few steals and took the lead going into the fourth quarter before hanging on for the eventual win.

Senior guard Xenet Carter and Janira Collier led the Lady Tigers in scoring with eight points each, while junior Blair Harvey added seven to the score sheet.

“I’m liking the hustle and the effort so far, we just have to put it together,” Walker said. “We have to get in the gym and work harder.”

The Lady Tigers will return to action on Dec. 1 to host White Castle at 5 p.m.