Make no mistake: Port Allen girls basketball coach Demetrius is happy with the performance of his team this year.
At the same time, he believes things could still be better.
The Lady Pelicans (10-12, 2-2) have a solid chance at post-season playoff action, but White believes some simple mistakes have kept PAHS from posting a much better record.
Port Allen pulled off a stunning win in the last 15 seconds against Donaldsonville. But inconsistency at the free throw line cost PAHS a win over No. 5-ranked E.D. White three nights later.
“I keep thinking of where we’d be right now if we were better at the free throw line,” White said. “We could have been 15-7 instead of 10-12, and probably be unbeaten in district. “
Nine missed buckets at the free throw line proved costly for PAHS in a 39-32 loss against the Lady Cardinals.
“Look at the free throws we missed, and you can see we could’ve won that one,” White said. “We could possibly have been ranked in the Top 10 or something like that.
“When free throws cost you the game, it really hurts,” he said. I hope at some point this season, it will all come together. When it does, we could be a forced to be reckoned with in 3A … I really believe that.”
The Lady Pelicans trailed 14-7 at the end of the first quarter and 27-14 at the half. But Port Allen closed in on EDW in the third quarter after the Lady Cards mustered only four points.
EDW outscored Port Allen 9-8 in the last quarter.
Rhecie Lee led PAHS with 11 points, while Gabby Thomas had eight, J’myrehea Douglas had six and Rhea Lee notched five. Lauren Keyes scored two.
Three nights earlier, the Lady Pelicans capitalized on turnovers to topple Donaldsonville 36-34.
A Rhecie Lee layup off a forced turnover in the last 15 seconds of the game sealed the win for Port Allen.
Douglas attempted a long pass to Lee, but the ball went off Lee’s hands. Lee knocked the ball out of the hands of Patrice West and made the shot.
“When I heard the whistle, I feared the worst,” White said. “But we got the ball within five seconds and Rhecie got the ball through right before the buzzer.”
The Lady Pelicans trailed 28-20 going into the final quarter when DHS turnovers gave Port Allen the opening to go on an 11-0 run and take the lead for the first time in the game.
Rhecie Lee led with 15 points, while Douglas had 11, Gabrielle Thomas notched six and Rhea Lee added three.
The Lady Pels went 6-for-21 from the line in the first half.
Patriece West had a game-high 17 points for Donaldsonville.