Lady Warriors fall to Jonesboro-Hodge, Pitkin drops Doyline
The Lakeside Lady Warriors and Doyline Lady Panthers were both eliminated from the LHSAA playoffs last night.
Lakeside fell to Jonesboro-Hodge, 52-40; and Doyline dropped a 54-32 decision to Pitkin.
Jonesboro-Hodge 52, Lakeside 40
JONESBORO —The Lady Warriors started strong but faded down the stretch during their loss to Jonesboro-Hodge.
"We started off pretty well and were only down by one at the end of the first quarter," Lady Warrior head coach LaDarien Amos said. "But then we became inconsistent in our play in the second quarter and trailed by six at the half."
The second half proved deadly for the Lady Warriors, as Jonesboro-Hodge built up a 25-point lead at one time in the second half.
"We trailed by a lot at one time," Amos said. "But then we went on a 15-2 run to cut the lead, but it was just too little, too late."
Shanae Collins led Lakeside with 15 points.
"We started playing aggressive and moved the ball well in the fourth quarter," Amos said. "We made a game of it but it was just too late and we came up short."
All in all, Amos considers it a successful first year at Lakeside.
"The girls know it was a good season," he said. "It was my first year here and I didn't even know I would be head coach until the second day of school. We only had two seniors and no summer workouts, but the girls are ready to start the off-season workouts, so that's a good thing. We'll build on this."
The Lady Warriors finished the season at 14-15.
Pitkin 54, Doyline 32
PITKIN — Doyline head coach Michael Normand and his Lady Panthers started their playoff game with Pitkin with a huge disadvantage that they couldn't overcome, and fell to the Lady Tigers, 54-32.
"The most important stat of the night, was that we had two starters not playing," Normand said. "They were out for personal reasons. It was our starting point guard and center and both were three-year starters. Not having them in there put us in a huge hole."
Normand was forced to play a number of young players as a result of the absences.
"I would say in the first half, the inexperience of the young girls kind of took over," he said. "We were kind of shell-shocked. But in the second half, we settled down and kind of made a game of it. But we had already dug too big of a hole."
The Lady Panthers end their year with a 17-13 record.