After winless season, Lady Pels focus on future

Written by Claire Chenevert on .

Port Allen’s Lady Pels wrapped up a winless season after bad losses of 21-71 to third-ranked U-High on Tuesday and 30-74 to Parkview on Friday.GirlPels-edited

“Honestly, U-High got most of their points on transitions,” said Port Allen Girls Coach Demetrius White. “Our defense really didn’t do a bad job. Of course offensively, we have to become more fundamentally sound, but I was proud of our defensive effort.”

The team finished the season with a 0-26 record, but according to White, the girls never quit trying.

“It was tough going 0-26, but the girls stuck with it and continued to play hard, game in and game out,” White said. “I commend them and thank them for that. Gabby Mitchell showed a lot of improvement throughout the season. I’m really proud of her progress. Her offense got a lot better, and she emerged as our best shooter on the team. Trinitee Johnson also did a great job this season. Both players hardly got a break all season.”

White said he has big plans to prepare the Lady Pels for next year. The team will continue to practice this spring and into the summer as they participate in a summer league at Broadmoor.

“I’ve already told them it’s going to be tough this offseason,” said White. “We don’t want to be a door mat for everyone; we want to be competitive. I have to try to tap some of the team’s untapped talent. For freshmen and sophomores, we’re ahead of the game, so we should become a pretty good team in the future, we just have to work to get to where we want to be. I think this team wants to win, but I don’t think they know how to win. And when they learn to be successful, I want to teach them how to manage that success. I always say you have to stay humble, but hungry. I really want these girls to focus on that.”

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