DENHAM SPRINGS—The 6th ranked Denham Springs Lady Yellow Jackets defeated the 25th ranked Sulphur Lady Golden Tors in the first round of the State Playoff Tournament on Thursday.
Denham Springs beat Sulphur with a final score of 48-40, however the game was a lot closer than the final score suggests. Even though Denham Springs was ranked much higher than Sulphur, the Lady Tors made it a close scoring game until the final 60 seconds.
“Sulphur played a hard-fought ball game,” Denham Springs Head Coach Shelly LaPrarie said. “They reminded us that anyone can beat anyone in this tournament, no matter what they are ranked.”
Denham Springs took an early lead over Sulphur, with Denham Springs’s Lexi McMorris and Christina Canale both hitting three-point shots early in the game. However, Sulphur’s Dani Donovan kept her team in the game with several layups.
It was not until Denham Springs’s Maia Robinson made a buzzer-beating layup to end the first half that the Lady Jackets had a decent lead.
“We were down by eight points at half-time, but we knew we were still in the ball game” Donovan said. “We knew we had to just play harder.”
Both teams played hard in the second half of the game. Sulphur was able to tie the ball game for a short moment in the third quarter and finally claimed the lead in the fourth.
For a moment, it seemed like Sulphur was going to pull off an upset against the much higher ranked Denham Springs. However, with Sulphur in foul trouble, Denham Springs regained the lead by taking advantage of being in the bonus.
Denham Springs re-claimed the lead with less than three minutes to go in the game and Sulphur was unable to recover. With a final score of 48-40, Sulphur’s season had ended and Denham Springs advanced to the next round.
“We have a lot to work on before our next game,” McMorris said. “We can’t expect to keep winning if we keep making so many mistakes.”
Denham Springs will play their next game away against Pineville Monday.