Brusly’s Lady Panthers chalked up their second win of the week 61-33 against Port Allen’s Lady Pels.
“As always, it was a good Brusly/Port Allen rivalry game,” said Brusly’s Coach Shaeeta Williams. “We’re going in a good direction as we wrap up the end of the season.”
“We came out focused and ready to play,” said Williams. “It was a fun team effort, in the real sense of the word, where everyone got playing time and everyone contributed to the win. There was a lot of excitement from the girls who don’t get the majority of playing time.”
Brusly’s top scorers for the night were Caitlyn Williams, with 11 points, and Madison LaPrarie, with nine.
Port Allen girls basketball coach Demetrius White said that Williams, the woman affectionately known as “Coach Sha,” did a great job with the Lady Panthers Friday night, as she has throughout the season.
“Shaeeta had those girls rolling,” said White. “She’s doing a fantastic job with her girls, and I really have a high respect for her. Once our team grows, it will be a lot of fun to match up against them.”
The Lady Pelicans quickly fell behind the Lady Panthers during Friday’s contest.
“In the first half, we just messed it up,” said White. “We did a much better job in the second half; we played harder and made smarter passes.”
Freshman Gabby Mitchell led the Lady Pels in scoring with nine points, as she scored three 3-pointers. Mikayla Johnson sunk two 3-point shots and totalled eight points for the night.
“I really like the improvement I see in Gabby,” said White. “She’s one of our best shooters, and I can see her transferring what we practice into the game.”
White was coaching with a heavy heart after the death of his step father Thursday night.
“Coach John Williams (Port Allen High School Athletic Director) told me that I didn’t have to coach the game, but I knew my step dad would have wanted me to be there,” said White. “I really appreciate the players and the administration for the calls.”
Brusly vs. Parkview
The Brusly Lady Panthers played at home against Parkview Baptist Tuesday, February 4, beating the Eagles 40-37.
“It was the first of two huge wins for us this week,” said Lady Panthers’ Coach Shaeeta Williams. “The Parkview game was key for us. It was a close game, but one that we needed to win for power rankings. It put us in a three-way tie for 2nd place with Parkview and Baker.”
Williams said she was impressed with her team, particularly Donkita Williams, Caitlyn Williams, and Madison LaPrarie.
“Donkita Williams did a great job,” Coach Williams remarked. “She rebounded and finished some tough shots for us, and Caitlyn Williams continued to do a great job defensively with a lot of steals.”
LaPrarie returned to the court this week after sitting out last week with a hand injury.
“The fact that she played said a lot about her determination and her willingness to do what she needed to do,” said Coach Williams. “The minutes that she played in the Parkview game were key moments. Not a lot of minutes played, but every minute played was valuable.”
“It wasn’t a perfect game, but I’m proud that we did what we had to do,” said Williams. “I’m really proud of the effort.”
The Lady Panthers will play Lutcher at home Tuesday, and both boys’ and girls’ teams will play West Feliciana at home on Friday.
Port Allen vs. Baker
Port Allen’s Lady Pelicans traveled to Baker last Tuesday to play the Buffalos, where they were defeated 63-27.
“We played hard, but Baker was just that much better than us,” said Port Allen’s girls’ coach Demetrius White. “Eugena James, who began her high school career as a freshman at Port Allen but plays for Baker now, had 28 points against us.”
Trinitee Johnson led Port Allen with nine points.
“We didn’t have a whole lot of scoring,” said White. “We fell into a hole early on and we had to fight and scratch and claw our way out. What really hurt us were the turnovers.”