Green Oaks triumphs over Plain Dealing

Green Oaks triumphs over Plain Dealing


Green Oaks triumphs over Plain Dealing


Playing a young Plain Dealing, operating without perhaps its best player, Green Oaks had little trouble in rolling to a 63-24 victory on Friday night in the semifinal contest at the Parkway New Year’s Tournament, sponsored by Bossier Federal Credit Union.

The Lady Giants used their speed and quickness to generate double-digit turnovers, which resulted in a multitude of easy buckets on their way to the rout in front of a smattering of fans at the Parkway gym.

With the win, Green Oaks (13-4) moves into Saturday’s 6 p.m. tourney finale against undefeated El Dorado (14-0), which got past Bossier 72-46 on Friday in the nightcap.

“We were just trying to get ready for district play, which is coming up fast,” Green Oaks coach Shayla Canady said of the win. “I’ve been trying to get as many kids in the rotation as I can.”

The Lady Lions were without super eight-grader Draunitka Thomas, although coach Sheila Dupree still fielded a youthful squad. It included three eighth-graders and a freshman in her starting lineup following the graduation of 2013 Times Female Athlete of the Year, Dennisha Chambers, now starring at Grambling.

“We’ve got a total rebuilding year going here,” Dupree said. “We knew coming in that Green Oaks was a very strong team, but I wanted our girls to learn to play under pressure.”

The Lady Giants pressured from the start and found the Plain Dealing guards without a lot of experience handling the ball. Senior Princess Davis poured in 17 points, mostly on layups, along with one 3-pointer for style points. Ytavia Whaley added 14 points, Treynecia Wilson 12 and Jalishia Brown 10 for the Lady Giants. Deaspria Harris was the top Lady Lions scorer with 9 points, all on consecutive 3-pointers in the first quarter.

“The thing I like about Plain Dealing is that they did not stop playing the entire game,” Canady said. “That’s something we can’t coach all the time.”

Davis scored on a couple of layups, including one off the opening tip, to start the game, but Harris’ threes allowed her team to remain within 12-11 with under three minutes left in the opening quarter. But Green Oaks scored the final six points of the frame on steals and layups, then scored the first five points of the second quarter to take command 23-11.

Green Oaks led 33-15 at halftime, and held the Lady Lions to just five points in the third quarter to go in front 47-20. The Lady Giants scored the first 11 points of the final frame to flush the lead to 38 points midway through.

“We wanted our girls to attack with more force, hoping it would build confidence,” Dupree said. “We did that a few times tonight, so that was good to see.”

Parkway 61, Capt. Shreve 59 OT: Four Parkway players scored in double digits to lift the Lady Panthers to the win on Friday afternoon in the Parkway Tournament. Wisdom Watts, who led all scorers with 18 points, dropped in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Lady Panthers just their second win of the season. Also in double figures for Parkway were Tyra Kidd with 14, Kendall Lewis with 13 and Chelsea Randle with 12. Paris Coleman chipped in 16 points and Aniah Jernigan 14 for the Lady Gators.

Kidd got a putback under the bucket with 16 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime knotted at 54.

El Dorado 72, Bossier 46: Taylor McCool dropped in 16 points to lift the Lady Wildcats past the Lady Bearkats. Chardesia George and Keyanna Smith added 15 points apiece for El Dorado. Gabbie Mason topped Bossier with 15 points. Bossier will play Plain Dealing at 4 p.m. Friday in the Parkway Tournament’s third-place game.


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