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|Lady Patriots take game, 59-52|
It was a good end of the week for the Lady Patriots of Franklin Parish as they picked up their first win of the season in district action, a 59-52 win over West Ouachita on Friday night.
The Lady Patriots close out the regular season this week as they host Carroll on Tuesday night before traveling to Bastrop on Thursday in the regular season finale.
Franklin Parish 59, West Ouachita 52
Picking up their first win on the year in district play, the Lady Patriots defeated West Ouachita 59-52 Friday night behind Jasmine Whitley's 31 points and 13 points from Jasmine Jones.
Leading for a majority of the game, Lady Patriots Head Coach Kristie Norman said she is happy to get the monkey off their backs and pick up the first district win of the season.
"It definitely does feel good to win that first district game of the year," Norman said. "I told our team to really enjoy this because we probably aren't going to make it to the playoffs so this was really like a playoff game for us. It does feel good to go out and play together as a team and get the job done on the scoreboard at the end of the game.
"I think a win like this does tell the kids that the program is headed in the right direction. They are finally starting to realize that if they play like we practice we can be a good team," she said.
Franklin Parish 35
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."
Lady Patriots Head Coach Kristie Norman was very disappointed with her team's effort against Neville.
"It is hard to find anything positive out of a game like this one," Norman said. "But I have been telling this team all year long that they have got to play four quarters. We played a good first half and were still in it.
"Then we got down and just seemed to not want to try and come back."