LAFAYETTE — Ville Platte coach Dorothy Doulet had a simple message for her team.
“We told them during that break between the third and fourth (quarter) that it was do-or-die time,” Doulet said. “We told them that we can either go home with a win or we can go home with a loss. It was up to you.”
Doulet’s team responded by starting off the final period with an 8-0 run on the way to a 49-41 road victory over Lafayette.
Ville Platte (8-3) found itself in a hole right off the bat as a scorebook error resulted in a pair of technical free throws by Lafayette’s Jada Arceneaux. Ville Platte center Tyreonna Doucet helped the Bulldogs rally from the early deficit as she scored seven of her game-high 21 points in the first quarter.
At the end of the first, Ville Platte held a 13-9 lead.
Lafayette (6-5) fought back in the second quarter, led by the play of Na’Lani Zeno who chipped in seven points in the period. Zeno’s play helped spark a 10-4 run for the Lions but the Bulldogs closed the second quarter with a 4-0 run to only trail 25-23 at halftime.
“Ville Platte just controlled the boards and the second-chance points tonight,” Lafayette first-year coach Tarunye Kanonu said.
The third quarter went back and forth and neither team could distance itself. The period ended tied at 33.
The fourth quarter proved to be the difference as Ville Platte seized control with the key run. With 4:37 left in the game, Ville Platte held a comfortable 41-33 lead and held on for the eight-point win as Doucet drained six free throws down the stretch.
“I think the girls gave a good effort offensively tonight,” said Kanonu, whose team now gears up for the Sam Houston Tournament this weekend. “Turnovers hurt us, and we still need to play better defense.”
In addition to Doucet’s 21 points, Ville Platte was also led by Kealogah Calvin who had 13 points while Kabreonna Stevens chipped in 11. Lafayette was paced by Stephanie Self who had 13, while Zeno finished with 11.
Ville Platte, meanwhile, returns to action Saturday by hosting Scotlandville, and Doulet is looking forward to using Tuesday’s win as momentum.
“Coming in here and getting a road win over a Class 5A team is going to hopefully motivate this team,” Doulet said.