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|Lady Tigers shine in district win|
In undoubtedly one of their best overall performances on the season, the Neville Lady Tigers beat up on the Franklin Parish Lady Patriots 83-35 on Tuesday night in district action.
The trio of Deveney Guillory, Xzandra Dowd and Janiqua Kendrix paced Neville as they all had double-doubles; Guillory finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds, Dowd finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds and Kendrix finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds.
Jasmine Whitley led Franklin Parish with 19 points and Jasmine Jones had 14 for the Lady Patriots.
Never trailing at any point in the contest, the Lady Tigers broke out to an early 9-2 lead to open the game and held a 15-4 advantage with 1:45 left in the opening quarter.
Franklin Parish's 3-point shooting would keep the Lady Patriots in the game early on as Whitley would hit three 3-pointers towards the end of the first quarter and into the second to keep Franklin Parish in the game.
However, as has been the case for most of the season, they would struggle to score points near the end of the first half and Neville closed out the first half on a 7-0 run to lead 39-25.
The lead would balloon quickly and the game would get out of hand in the second half as the Lady Tigers outscored Neville 21-4 in the third period and held a monstrous 30-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter where they would actually build on the lead and come away with the 48-point victory.
"I would actually have to say that one of our biggest struggles in this game was trying to keep our concentration and execution level high despite having such of a big lead,"
Neville Head Coach Lorrie Guimbellot said. "We were without one of our starting guards in this game and we started off the game quite sluggish but fortunately enough were able to go into the halftime locker-room with a double-digit lead.
"The younger girls just seemed to have a hard time getting adjusted to things in the first half. We made some adjustments in the locker-room at the half and were able to come out and build a big lead; but once you get a big lead like that sometimes kids look at the clock and say 'oh, we are up big so if I turn the ball over right here it doesn't matter that much.' As a coaching staff we try to keep them focused on not looking at the clock, working on execution and trying to do the right thing."
Franklin 55, Neville 54
Failing to make a field goal in overtime until under a minute left, the Neville Tigers lost an important district game Tuesday night at home as they were beaten by Franklin Parish, 55-54.
Keenan Garkin led the Tigers with 16 points and Deion Davis chipped in with 10. Junior forward JC Winn led Franklin Parish with 16 and Kendre Smith added 10 in the winning effort for the Patriots.
The overtime period was dominated but the patriots as they held Neville without a field goal until Ted Holley's bucket with 43.6 seconds to go in the overtime period.
Tied at eight with 5:04 left in the first quarter, Neville would go on a 14-2 run to take a commanding 22-10 lead that extended into the second quarter. The Tiger defense was the driving force in the big run as they held Franklin Parish scores for 5:11.
Davis' last-second shot at the end of the second quarter gave Neville a 34-23 advantage heading into the locker-room; however the second half would belong to the Patriots.
The more energetic of the two squads coming out of the locker-room for the second half, Brandon Sims' bucket with 2:56 left in the third quarter would cut the Neville lead to 36-33.
Neville's lead dropped to 40-39 after Smith's 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter and the Patriots grabbed their first lead of the game on Roosevelt Walker's bucket with 3:18 remaining in the game.
"I just don't know," Neville Head Coach Phillip Craig said. "We have just been so up-and-down and so inconsistent this entire season. You have to give a lot of credit to Franklin Parish. They came in here and played extremely hard and down the stretch played like they wanted it more then we wanted it.
"We still have some more games to play and still have a chance to make a run for a playoff berth, but we cannot have this kind of effort down the stretch. When it meant the most (late in the game), we just didn't respond like we needed to respond."
Tremayne Ellis' free throw gave the Patriots a 48-46 lead with 23.9 seconds to go, but after a Neville timeout, Garkin tied the game at 48 on a last second basket and actually had a chance to win the game for the Tigers but his free throw to complete the 3-point play fell just short and the game went into overtime.
While Davis finished the game with 10 points, most of them came in the first half, something Craig said after the game has to change if the Tigers are to be successful in the remainder of the season.
"Their (Franklin Parish) trapping zone defense in the second half really took our entire offense out of their rhythm in the second half," Craig said. "We were hesitant against it and not attacking it. Stuff like that kind of snowballs. However, like I said before, you have to give them (Franklin Parish) credit because they kept us off balance all night long."