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|Gators fall to Panthers, 60-51|
The Delhi Charter School Gators (1-13) lost their eighth straight contest with a 60-51 loss to the Sterlington Panthers just before breaking for the Christmas holiday.
Kent Speight lead the way for the Gators as the depth and defense of the Panthers won out for Sterlington in the end.
The Gators have been playing well as of late and the game showed marked improvement over a 64-30 loss to Sterlington back on December 11.
While Speight keeps the team going offensivley, the team as a whole has improved their free throw shooting and did not let too many turnovers get away to a point of letting Sterlington run away this time around.
Sterlington had to fight for every basket and rebound against a tough Delhi Charter defense that had a great game plan and was really fired up trying to end this troubling losing streak.
Delhi Charter is now going into 2010 with high hopes for their district championship aspirations.
DCS must overcome several tough opponents in district play including Delhi and OCS, both Class 1A playoff teams a year ago. OCS lost its top two scorers from last season but returns Levare Davis and Matt Parker who were in the top five in shooting percentage and points last season.
Delhi is a team that advanced to the Class 1A quarter final round a year ago. Cedar Creek will also be a solid team this season. They have faced the Gators and beaten DCS in a tournament earlier this season, 63-42.
Getting more aggressive on the boards and winning the all important rebound battle will be an important emphasis for the Gators in 2010.
With some good shooters peppered all over the district, limiting opposing offenses to one shot will certainly be a goal of the Gators on defense.
On offense, the Gators must improve at the free throw line and create more inside scoring opportunities which could also lead to getting the opposing teams in serious foul trouble.
Some missed jump shots in the fourth quarter cost the Gators against Sterlington and they will be working to correct their second half mistakes.