Donaldsonville boys and girls earn district wins

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief
Donaldsonville's Jacoby Smith scored 9 in the Tigers' victory over Brusly. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

After dropping into a 1-2 hole in district play, the Donaldsonville boy’s basketball team hit their stride last week as they won three straight league contests.

The Tigers evened their district mark at 2-2 with a road victory over Parkview Baptist. That set up another road test, this time against defending Class 3A champion University Lab.

With the chips stacked against them, Donaldsonville stood tall, and with a last-second 3-pointer by Ladarius Jackson, they earned their most impressive win of the season.

The game with the Cubs was hotly contested. At the half, University held a 40-39 advantage.

The contest continued to go back and forth in the third, but the Tigers did just enough to regain the lead. They led, 55-54, heading into the fourth quarter.

The action was nip and tuck in the final period. University was able to tie the game late.

Donaldsonville got the ball with the game deadlocked at 78-78 and only 15 seconds remaining.

The Tigers passed the ball around, chewing up clock. It got to Jackson with just enough time for him to hurl up a contested 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded.

The shot went in to give Donaldsonville the scintillating victory, 81-78.

Jackson may have hit the game winner, but Jacoby Simon’s 27 was a game high. Aaron Julien was not far behind with 20 points of his own.

Terry Holmes scored 10, and Jackson had 9.

The huge victory seemed to give the Tigers a boost in momentum as they returned home on Friday night to face Brusly.

After falling behind by 5 heading into the second quarter, Donaldsonville was able to fight back and take a 30-27 lead into the half.

They trailed by 2 heading into the fourth quarter, but once again, the Tigers showed their tremendous residency and clawed their way back on top.

They outscored Brusly, 15-11, in the final period. It was enough to clinch a hard-fought 53-51 victory.

Holmes was the high scorer for Donaldsonville with 15. Simon had 13, Jackson had 10 and Jacoby Smith added 9.

The victory improved the Tigers’ district record to 4-2, and it put their overall record to 14-12.

This Friday night, Donaldsonville will host Baker. Baker handed the Tigers their first district loss back on Jan. 3.

As for the Donaldsonville girls, they were able to split league games last week.

On Tuesday night, they had to go on the road to face University—a team that was a state semifinalist last season.

The Lady Cubs looked as dominant as they did in the 2016 playoffs as they rolled past the Lady Tigers, 82-57.

In the loss, Janira Collier and Daija Harvey led the way with 15 apiece. Mya Chatman scored 13.

Donaldsonville was able to bounce back on Friday night as they hosted Brusly.

The Lady Tigers only led by 1 at the end of one, but in the second, they took control. In holding Brusly to just 6 points in the quarter, they took a commanding 30-16 advantage into the half.

From there, Donaldsonville rolled to a 59-44 victory.

Chatman led all scorers with 17 points. Collier was close behind with 15, and Harvey added 11.

The week’s action improved the Lady Tigers’ district record to 5-3. It also improved their overall record to 15-10.