Donaldsonville girls dealt third straight loss

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief
Jalyncea Ben had 8 points in the Lady Tigers' blowout loss to University. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

The Donaldsonville Lady Tigers fell into a three-game skid last week as they dropped both of their district matchups.

There was a time when Donaldsonville was the hottest team in the parish. The Lady Tigers rolled to an 11-game winning streak with all of the victories coming by at least 13 points.

However, things changed after they crushed West Feliciana, 70-39, to capture their fifth district win.

Three nights later, they were crushed by Parkview Baptist at home, 74-43. And to begin last week, the struggles continued for Donaldsonville as they were blown away by University Lab, 91-46.

The Tigers never could get going as they quickly fell down 30-7 to start the game. Donaldsonville went on a 7-1 run to trim the lead down to 17, but the Lady Cubs still carried a dominating 33-14 advantage into the second quarter.

The Lady Tigers continued to turn the ball over, and University took full advantage of their mistakes. Their offense was razor-sharp as they raced out to a 38-point advantage. They led, 57-22, at halftime.

Donaldsonville began the third quarter with a 5-0 run, but University answered right back with a 10-0 spurt of their own to build a crippling 40-point lead.

University led, 72-36, heading into the fourth, and they eventually won by the 91-46 margin.

In the loss, the Lady Tigers were led by Joy Sullivan's 12. Mya Chatman had 9, Jalyncea Ben had 8 and Kaylynn Foster added 7.

Though things were much closer three nights later, Donaldsonville dropped another district matchup--this time to Brusly on the road. The Lady Tigers had beaten the Lady Panthers by 16 in their previous encounter.

The two teams had a back-and-forth first half with Brusly claiming a 29-25 advantage.

A big third quarter allowed Donaldsonville to take the lead. They exploded for 24 points in the period to head into the fourth with a 49-44 advantage.

Despite the 5-point lead, the Lady Tigers weren't able to close the game out; Brusly fought hard down the stretch to tie the game up and send it to overtime.

The extra period was hotly-contested, but the Lady Panthers did just enough to scrape by with the thrilling 68-66 victory.

In the overtime loss, The Lady Tigers had four players score in double-figures.

Ambrosia Johnson led the way with 14. Janira Collier had 12, and both Chatman and Blair Harvey had 11. Rodineka Williams chipped in with 9.

The loss was the third in a row for Donaldsonville. It dropped their district mark to 5-3 after a perfect 5-0 start.

Overall, the Lady Tigers fell to 14-7.

They'll try to end the tough stretch and pile up more victories this Friday night as they visit Baker. On Feb. 2, they'll host Glen Oaks. They beat both teams earlier in the district schedule.