After securing second place in district 7-3A, Brusly’s Lady Panthers faced Baker for the third time this season. The Panthers dominated the Buffs 49-34 in the first round of playoffs Thursday night at home.
“We had mixed feelings about playing a district team in the first round, but the great thing was that we did have home court advantage,” said Coach Shaeeta Williams.
Brusly first met Baker this season on the Buffs’ court that ended in a six-point win for Baker. The Panthers won the following game at home by one point in overtime.
“Knowing that the previous games were so close, it was a little nerve racking, but we did a great job of taking care of business,” said Coach Williams. “We made great adjustments from our first two games against them. We came out ready to play with patience and integrity. When things didn’t go the way we wanted, we didn’t panic, we just kept going. We were really excited about the win.”
At the close of the first quarter, Baker was up by two points, but by the half, Brusly had taken a five point lead over the Buffalos. Once the Lady Panthers gained their momentum, they were unstoppable.
“In the second half, we came out and played very well,” said Coach Williams. “Caitlyn Williams did a great job on defense.”
Williams led the team with 16 points, most as a result from steals.
Shortly after, the Lady Panthers learned that they would travel to Ville Platte to take on the number one seed in 3A. The Bulldogs were undefeated in district this season with a 10-0 record.
“We’re going into a pretty exciting environment,” said Coach Williams. “They’re big basketball fans and their little gym is going to be packed. We’re going to give them a good game and show them why they love the game.”
The Lady Panthers lost in the second round to Ville Platte, 66-49 Monday night, ending a respectable Lady Panthers season.