Lady Green Devils forced into first round exit

Andrew Green
Kiffani Young

Plaquemine Lady Green Devils faced an early exit in the 2017 LHSAA 4A playoffs after a loss on the road to 11-seeded Warren Easton 33-62.

PHS received the 22nd seed for the 4A playoffs after sharing the District 6-4A title with rival St. Michael this year.

Tyrielle Watkins racked up 12 points in the Lady Devils’ postseason matchup, followed by Kiffani Young with eight, Shakira Wicks with five and Breanna Dillon and Carleisha Stevens each with four.

Dillon was the team’s lead rebounder with nine, followed by Young with eight.  Watkins racked up two steals and Mitchell with a pair of assists.

“It was a tough game for us,” head coach Brannon Dillon said.  “I thought we had a great game plan going into the game, but the discipline to execute wasn’t always there during the entire game.

“Doing all the little things is what matters the most against a powerhouse like Warren Easton.  They are going to be hard to beat again this year in the playoffs.”

According to Dillon, Warren Easton has either won it all or at least reached the quarterfinals in the last four seasons.

“There is nothing to hold our heads down about because we lost to a better team,” Dillon said.  “We had an awesome season and we accomplished a lot.  We defeated some teams for the first time in a long while that we haven’t beaten.”

The Lady Devils handed rival St. Michael their first district loss since the 2011 season this year.  The Lady Green Devils had an excellent showing in the tournaments they participated in this year, won a share of District 6-4A and reached the 2017 playoffs.

“I’m proud of this team,” Dillon said.  “We have all the key players returning next season except for Kiffani Young, who will surely be missed.

“The goal for the summer is to become better basketball players in terms of attitude, discipline and character.  Getting stronger, becoming more physical and better conditioning are the other aspects that we will focus on this offseason.

“All the pieces are in place, we just have to solve these simple issues and accept our roles to compete better next season against tough opponents.”