The Peabody Lady Warhorses defeated the Grant Lady Cougars, 49-41, in the early stages of District 3-4A play for both teams.
“We were running the right offense, the right defense, and it was just going our way,” Peabody coach Brandy Kenney said.
The Lady Warhorses were leading the game comfortably in the first quarter, but in the second quarter, the Lady Cougars proved that they were not going to be easily defeated.
Midway through the second quarter, Peabody relaxed on defense and Grant made a comeback by scoring 10 straight points to pull within one point of the lead.
The Lady Warhorses countered by scoring enough points to keep the Lady Cougars at bay, ending the second quarter with a score of 23-14.
Peabody (15-7, 2-0 3-4A) was able to answer Grant’s earlier run by going to Demetrion Jones in the paint, where she scored six points in the quarter to spark the team’s run.
After halftime, Peabody point guard Asia Dorsey took control of the reins and became the driving force of the team by scoring nine of her 12 points in the second half.
Dorsey and her fellow backcourt mate, Gabby Gray, each scored four points in the third quarter to keep the Lady Warhorses ahead.
However, Grant stayed right behind the Lady Warhorses as Brittany Freeman and Jessica Peckmore hit 3-pointers to stay within close range of the lead.
Needing something to stop the Lady Cougars, Kenney initiated a 2-3 zone defense against the visitors. The defense slowed them down as Peabody built momentum with their offense to pull away.
“We knew they had a pretty big 3-point game so what we did is prepare for that — trying to take that 3-point shot away,” Kenney said. “They had a decent size girl under the basket so we really worked on getting the rebounds and crashing the boards. I think we came through tonight.
Dorsey and Gray would come up big yet again in the fourth quarter by scoring nine of the Lady Warhorses’ 13 points.
Grant (15-6, 1-1) stayed in the game with its free throws but with the 3-point shooters shut down, Peabody was able to escape with the win.
“We came out strong and we tried to drive the nail in, but we fell short a little, but we pushed through,” Dorsey said. “What helped us win is our motivation to reach the No. 1 spot in our district.”
The Lady Warhorses will host Leesville Friday, while Grant will host DeRidder.