Lady Devils fall to Dutchtown

PETER SILAS PASQUA news@postsouth.com
Plaquemine’s Amber Smith drives ahead of Dutchtown’s Mishonne Marks in the first half of the Lady Green Devils’ 53-37 loss. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

Dutchtown used a 13-6 run midway through the fourth quarter to shut the door on Plaquemine in a 53-37 non-district victory on Monday night at PHS' gym.

The Lady Green Devils (1-3) had cut the deficit to seven with six minutes remaining. Plaquemine opened the season with a victory over Peabody Magnet 39-37 last Monday in a tournament in Opelousas before falling to North Central 65-52 and Opelousas 51-37.

"We are very young," Plaquemine coach Brannon Dillon said. "We lost five of our seven players from last year but the good thing about it is a lot of girls are getting experience and that is all you can ask for at this point."

Amber Smith led Plaquemine with 11 points but fouled out with 6:14 remaining. Jernasha Collins and Tatyanna Jones each added eight, O'Neisha Batiste four, Kiffani Young three, Taylor Arnold two and Asia Marshall one.

"When Amber fouled out, that is when Dutchtown took control of the game," Dillon said. "We were in it till that point."

LaShon Redditt led Dutchtown with a game-high 18 points. Mishonne Marks added 15, Reyelle Cobb 13 and Jamea Fernandez and Roberta Johnson each two.

Collins fed Jones inside to open the contest but Redditt's three-point play put Dutchtown ahead 8-4 going into the second quarter.

Smith's layup off a steal and dish to Jones gave the Lady Green Devils the lead 10-8 but Marks' baseline jumper answered before Redditt's putback.

Redditt's transition basket made it 19-14 going into the half after Smith went coast to coast and spotted up along the baseline.

Smith's layup off a steal cut it to 23-19 but Dutchtown pushed the lead to 31-21 going into the fourth after a pair of transition baskets by Cobb.

Collins' floater in the lane off a inbounds pass preceded Dutchtown's run that was kick started by Redditt's putback before transition baskets by Cobb and Marks. Collins added a 3-pointer and Young a putback down the stretch.

Plaquemine began play in a tournament at Zachary on Wednesday and will travel to Redemptorist on Tuesday.