WATSON - Live Oak junior Dijone’ Flowers is creating a buzz as the sparkplug for the Lady Eagles basketball team.
Sporting an all-around game that has her among the Lady Eagles leaders in a handful of statistical categories, Flowers always seems to be in the right place at the right time.
Just don’t ask her to recite any of those statistics.
“I don’t really care for (keeping up with statistics),” Flowers said. “I don’t look for that. If it happens it just happens.”
Looking for them or not, the statistics happen with regularity. The team’s preseason scrimmage against Springfield provided a clear example of the impact Flowers can have on a game.
Flowers, who was an All-District 4-5A selection as a sophomore, had 10 points, five assists, seven steals and two rebounds in the scrimmage. Live Oak outscored Springfield 28-7 while Flowers was on the court during three 10-minute quarters that were played with a running clock.
All of this from a player who is always looking to get her teammates involved in the game.
“I like passing the ball more than I like scoring,” Flowers said. “Some people tell me I pass too much, but I don’t think I do.”
Live Oak coach Michelle Yawn sees Flowers on the path to a collegiate career, and recommends fans watch Flowers in person.
“If you haven’t seen her play yet, she’s something worth seeing,” Yawn said. “She handles the ball like nothing I’ve ever seen. She has college-level passing ability, she can shoot the ball well and she can attack the rim. She’s fun to watch. Sometimes girls on the floor are caught watching the ‘D’ show.”
College recruiters are also beginning to watch the ‘D’ show. With two full high school seasons left to play, Flowers said she has already received scholarship offers Nicholls State, Southeastern, Southern Miss, UL-Lafayette, Little Rock and Jacksonville.
“She’s an all-round, pretty phenomenal player,” Yawn said. “Last year, as a sophomore, she had about six big name colleges come in to watch her practice.”
Flowers, who said her basketball career began as a five-year-old playing Biddy Basketball, displayed natural ability from the start. She also said her interest in basketball wasn’t forced on her, and that her family has been realistic and supportive.
“(My parents) have been hard on me, but I love it,” Flowers said. “They push me to be better. They don’t sugarcoat anything. They just tell me how it is.”
There was no need to sugarcoat Live Oak’s win over Albany at last year’s Livingston Parish tournament.
Flowers was still an unknown commodity at the time, but that changed after she scored 36 points to lead the Lady Eagles to a 48-45 win. It was also an important win for the Live Oak program against a team that eventually advanced to the semifinals of the LHSAA Class 3A tournament.
“We never (seem to) beat Albany,” Flowers recalled. “But we played together, and we showed everybody what we could do.”
Performances like that have Flowers and her teammates wanting to make a return trip to the state playoffs. And, after losing 58-21 to Southwood in the first round, the Lady Eagles want to do more than just show up for a playoff game.
“We didn’t do as well as we wanted in the playoffs,” Flowers said. “I wanted us to go farther, but everything won’t go your way. This year, I’m going to work harder and help my team get better, so we can go farther.”