Tigers girls basketball team advances to Class 1A semifinal

Greg Fischer Editor-in-chief
Taylor Gordon comes together with partnering guard Ty'Quencia Mosby right before the game.

Led by guard Taylor Gordon with 15 points, the E. Iberville Tigers (1A-6, 5-0) knocked out the Haynesville Golden Tornado (1A-1, 10-2) 48-25 on Thursday, February 21 at home in St. Gabriel.

The Tigers used a full-court press defense for most of the game that proved too much for the Lady Tors, who were led by Marissa Tell, a 5'11" forward who totaled 21 of their 25 points, having the game high.

But enough cannot be said about the Tiger duo of Doretha Dixon and Dedreka Wilson, two forwards that score and rumble down low. They were just too strong. Wilson added 12 points, and Dixon had six of her own.

Add in the speed and hustle of point guard Kadijah "Tookie" Lucas and guard Ty'Quencia Mosby who combined for 13 points, and you get the idea of balance that this team has found.

Lucas said after the game that they are dedicating their performance to her cousin Malcolm "Smooth" Calloway, who drowned in 2015 at 17 years old.

"We played tough," Lucas said. "And we're doing it for 'Smooth.'"

Not to mention a late bucket by Kalacia Gray off the bench that sent the fans over the top.

The Tigers' coach Mark Temple said that this is the furthest the team has ever gone in the playoffs. On Tuesday in Alexandria they play Delhi (1A-2, 12-2) in the state semifinal. Delhi, located in Northeast Louisiana has three players that are at least six feet.

"The girls were real focused, and they wanted it real bad," Temple said. "It feels good to make history for the community."