Keyes scores 23 in Lady Pels loss

Written by Claire Chenevert on .


Port Allen’s Lady Pels nearly got their first victory of the season Friday, but lost 52-58 at home in a very close game to the West Feliciana Saints.

In spite of the loss, it was the second highest scoring game for the girls for the season, just a few points shy of their 56 point record against Livonia.

The Pelicans got off to a slow start, and at the half were down 21-33, but started to come back in the second half. The score read 31-35 – only four points behind the Saints in the last 2 minutes of the third quarter.

“I think I was most impressed with the effort that the kids gave,” said Port Allen girls basketball head coach Demetrius White. “We’ve been in those types of situations before, and I’ve seen them quit. Last time we played West Feliciana, we were down eight points at halftime, and this time we were down by 12, but they kept fighting. It was very encouraging to see them fight, and I’m happy with the small steps I’ve seen.”

Lauryn Keyes was the highest scorer for the Lady Pels, earning nearly half of the team’s score with 23 points.

“The girls did a heck of a job,” said White. “We did a much better job of cutting down on the turnovers. I can see the kids improving, they get better every game, but it’s baby steps. I’m proud of their effort and I’m looking forward to watching them grow in the future.”

The team will play at Baker on Tuesday and at Brusly on Friday.

“The two games this week will be character games for us,” said Coach White. “It’ll be interesting to see how my team comes out and plays against these two teams. We just need to stay competitive in both games.”

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