Lady Tigers hold off White Castle for 62-58 win

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @DeRonTalley
Donaldsonville’s Mya Chatman scored nine points off the bench in the Lady Tigers’ win against White Castle Monday night at the DHS gym.

The Donaldsonville Lady Tigers basketball team (4-2) beat White Castle in a high-scoring shootout Monday night 62-58 at home. The Lady Tigers slumped behind early going down 5-1 and trailed 13-9 at the end of the first quarter. However, the young DHS team showed resilience as it has learned to do as of late.

At half time DHS trailed 31-25, in large part to White Castle twin senior guard Sky and Shy O’Bear – who finished the night with 27 and 17 points respectively. However it was the second half effort of the Lady Tigers that helped get the win.

In the third quarter, DHS’ Janira Collier sank a three-pointer to tie the game at 39 with 1:39 to play in that quarter. Just seconds later, junior Ambrosia Johnson scored to give the Lady Tigers their first lead of the night and would go on to lead at the end of the third quarter 44-43.

White Castle wouldn’t go away easily, but efforts from DHS’ sophomore guard Mya Chatman helped seal the Lady Tigers’ win. Chatman finished the night with nine points off the bench, including a three-pointer to give DHS a 54-52 lead with 3:30 to play.

Second year head coach Nikeya Walker said it felt good to get the win against a team that dominated them last year.

“It’s a good win for us, we just have to get better and keep working hard,” Walker said. “We’re going to their tournament this weekend and we’ll see it how it goes.”

DHS’ junior forward Kaylynn Foster led the score sheet with 14 points, while Collier and Ambrosia added 12 points. Blair Harvey scored eight points.

“This is the most we’ve scored,” Walker said. “Ambrosia was able to hit some critical threes, Mya Chatman stepped in and did a great job and hit some big shots for us and then our steady horses did well putting the ball in. We still have to do better with our free throws but we have to keep working.”

The Lady Tigers return home on Dec. 9 to host East Ascension.