Lady Devils split 6-4A title

Andrew Green
Shakira Wicks

Plaquemine Lady Green Devils closed out district play with an 8-2  record and were crowned co-district champions of District 6-4A with rival St. Michael.

PHS traveled to Tara last Tuesday and came away victorious 40-13.  Tyrielle Watkins was the team’s leading scorer with10 points, followed by Shakira Wicks with seven, Kiffani Young and Carleisha Stevens each with six and Jermeriah Spriggs with four.

Young was the lead rebounder with six, followed by Shauniece Mitchell and Jiara Deggs with five each.  Watkins and Mitchell each lead in steals with six, Mitchell also racked up three assists.

The Plaquemine Lady Devils were one win away from the 6-4A crown, but they needed some help.  They needed St. Michael to lose their final district game to Woodlawn, but STM continued to do what they do best and win district games.  They came out on top 54-40.  The ball was in the Lady Devils’ court to keep their hopes alive of being named co-district champs.

PHS hosted Belaire for Senior Night and won a nailbiter 44-39 for a share of the 6-4A title.

Young was the lead scorer with 17 points, followed by Mitchell with eight, Watkins with seven, Wicks with six and Stevens with four.

Dillon racked up 12 rebounds, Young totaled 11.  Watkins was steal leader with three and assist leader with four.

“I’m proud of these young ladies for accomplishing their goals they set as a team this season,” head coach Brannon Dillon said.  “Goal one was to win the district and they did.  Goal two was to make it to the playoffs and they achieved that too.

“Now it is time to go a step further by winning a playoff game.  I’m proud of these ladies no matter what the outcome may be, but I could only imagine what incredible joy a victory would bring along the confidence to be better for the future.”

Plaquemine Lady Green Devils have not won a playoff game since their 2008 season, when Kellie Jenkins and her team lost to St. Louis in the Regionals round.

PHS will get their chance to break their curse this week when they travel to take on Warren Easton on Thursday.

“The best experience for these players is game experience,” Dillon said.  “Either way, they will learn from it and what it will take to become one of the elite teams in the state.”

Plaquemine received the 22nd seed and will take on 11-seeded Warren Easton.  Tip off is at 6 p.m.