DHS girls enters playoffs with back-to-back losses

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief
Ja'Lyncia Ben and the Lady Tigers earned the No. 11 seed heading into the playoffs. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

The Donaldsonville Lady Tigers were trying to finish the regular season with some momentum before the playoffs rolled around, but instead, they were dealt two tough losses by District 6-3A's heavyweights.

Due to the tornado that wreaked havoc in the Donaldsonville area on Tuesday, their home matchup with Parkview Baptist was moved to Wednesday night.

It was a new day but the same result for the Lady Tigers. Like their meeting earlier in the season, Parkview won in blowout fashion--this time by a 73-50 margin.

For Donaldsonville, Daija Harvey led the way with 21 points. Mya Chatman chipped in with 7.

Things didn't get any easier on Friday night as they hosted a University squad that had beaten them by 25 the first time the two teams met.

Things were different this time around.

After the Lady Cubs took a 6-5 lead in the first quarter, Harvey spearheaded a 7-0 Donaldsonville run as she made back-to-back buckets.

The quick spurt by the Lady Tigers allowed them to take a 16-12 lead into the second quarter.

A put-back by Janira Collier to start the second quarter bumped the Donaldsonville lead to 6, but University responded with their best run of the game.

The Lady Cubs outscored Donaldsonville, 12-2, to finish the first half. It gave them a 30-25 advantage at the break.

That proved to give them all the momentum they needed.

To start the third quarter, they reeled off an 8-0 spurt that helped open up the biggest lead of the game at 15.

Rodineka Williams tried to keep the Lady Tigers close. She came in and gave Donaldsonville a huge boost as she scored 6 to trim the deficit to 46-35 heading into the fourth.

Williams scored 4 more to start the fourth. It helped cut the University advantage to 7, but the Lady Cubs responded with a 7-0 run that allowed them to cruise to a 63-49 victory.

In the loss, Chatman was the leading scorer for the Lady Tigers with 14. Harvey was close behind with 12 and Williams totaled 11.

With the back-to-back losses, Donaldsonville finished the regular season with an overall record of 18-13.

They will enter the playoffs as the No. 11 seed in Class 3A. As a result, they’ll host No. 22 Port Allen.

Port Allen is a district foe. The Lady Tigers beat the Lady Pelicans both times they played this season, taking the contests by a combined margin of 115-50.