Girls Basketball: Plaquemine downs Belle Chasse in regionals
In Plaquemine on Tuesday night, No. 7 Plaquemine Lady Green Devils hosted the 10th-seeded Belle Chasse Lady Cardinals in the 2021 LHSAA Girls Basketball Class 4A State Playoffs Regional Round.
After a tight start, the second quarter saw Plaquemine start on a 4-0 run which kept the lead for Plaquemine as Belle Chasse could get no closer than 15-12 on free throws by Nya St Cyr with 1:15 left before halftime. Plaquemine went on another 4-0 run started by free throws by Malory Watkins with a minute to go and would take the halftime lead 19-12.
Belle Chasse started the second half on a 5-0 run which was stopped by a Plaquemine basket by Chantoyria Rivers with 4:25 to go in the third quarter. Plaquemine led 23-17 at that point. Belle Chasse would get no closer than 27-24 on a free throw by Skai Barthelemy.
Plaquemine then closed out the quarter on a 5-2 run to take a 32-26 lead.
The fourth quarter saw Belle Chasse start the quarter on a 7-0 run which was started by a 3 pointer by Janice Jorden and Belle Chasse took a very brief lead again 33-32 on a basket by Alyssa Stacy with 6:30 to play in the game. Plaquemine retook the lead 34-33 with 5:55 to go on a Alaysia Walker basket.
The Lady Green Devils then went on a 14-0 run from that point and held Belle Chasse scoreless the rest of the way to take a 48-33 victory over the Lady Cardinals.
Plaquemine was led by Malory Watkins with 15 points, Cierra Davis with 9 points, and Chantoyria Rivers with 8 points.
Belle Chasse was led by Janice Jorden with 14 points, and Nya St. Cyr with 8 points.
Plaquemine Head Coach Casey Klosowski:
“We came out at half with little energy but coach BC Washington got the girls pumped back up again. My girls showed what they were capable of tonight and they are a very talented team and put it all together tonight. This is the first time in Lady Green Devil Basketball history that they have made the quarterfinals.”
Belle Chasse Head Coach Kevin McCabe:
“We had some great shots in the first half and played fast but could not finish. We were fast and excited especially when we got the one point lead. Give credit to Plaquemine they were more athletic and quick. This is my 1st year at Belle Chasse and we are still working on our team.”
Belle Chasse finishes the season 13-4 and Plaquemine goes to 20-6 and will face No. 2 seed Huntington on Thursday night in West Shreveport as they defeated No. 15 seed the Bolton Lady Bears 100-31 on Tuesday night.
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Randy Pistorius is a lifelong resident of South Louisiana and is currently working in the communications field in the Baton Rouge Metropolitian Area. Randy’s start in journalism came while still in high school at De La Salle in New Orleans and that carried with him to Southeastern Louisiana University where he wrote for the Lions Roar and also worked in…