BASKETBALL

Donaldsonville boys and girls get district wins

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief
The Donaldsonville Lady Tiger defense gave up just 18 points in their district win over Baker. Photo by Chuck Montero.

The Donaldsonville boy and girl basketball teams continued to stay hot last week as both came through with home victories over Baker in their first games as new members of District 6-3A.

Heading into the contest, the Lady Tigers were one of the hottest teams in the area. After an 0-3 start, Donaldsonville went 11-1 before the matchup with Baker. That included an eight-game winning streak.

They have been downright dominant. Their last 10 victories have come by at least 13 points.

That domination was evident early and often against Baker.

Donaldsonville jumped out to a 17-6 lead in the first quarter. In the second, they took total control--outscoring the Lady Buffalos by an amazing 21-0 margin to take a 38-6 halftime lead.

The second half wasn't much better as the Lady Tigers outscored them 22-12 to earn the easy 60-18 victory.

Returning first-team all-district star Janira Collier led the way for Donaldsonville with a game-high 18 points, and Rodineka Williams had 12.

The Donaldsonville boys headed into the Baker game fresh off of a loss to Plaquemine, but prior to that defeat, they had won six of their previous eight games--one being a thrilling 54-52 win over parish rival St. Amant at the buzzer.

The Tigers started out hot--scoring 21 first-quarter points to take an 8-point lead. Baker surged hard in the second--trimming the deficit to 32-30 at halftime.

The offensive showcase continued in the second half. The third quarter was an up-and-down scoring-fest.

Baker put up a whopping 27 points in the quarter--allowing them to head into the fourth with a 57-53 advantage.

In the final period, the Donaldsonville defense made the stops when they had to make them, and the Tigers surged to a 71-66 victory.

In the win, Aaron Julien led the way with a game-high 23 points. James Gipson came through with 19, Terry Holmes had 10 and Ronald Whittington had 9.

The win allowed the Tigers to open the district season with a victory. It upped their overall record to 9-7.

Donaldsonville will be back in district play on Friday night as they host Parkview Baptist, and on Jan. 19, they'll host University Lab.