FRENCH SETTLEMENT – Whatever problems Doyle had in the first half against French Settlement on Friday, the Lady Tigers worked them out quickly in the second half.

Doyle did everything right during an 18-3 run in the third quarter to break open a close game on the way to a 55-37 win in a District 10-2A battle.

"They were just really, really ready to roll," Doyle coach Sam White said. "They were so ready to get out and play some more basketball. I was excited about that. They were excited. It was easy coaching (Friday) because they were playing so hard. They were ready to go."

Doyle capitalized as French Settlement couldn’t find the basket coming out of the break. The Lady Tigers worked the boards, holding the Lady Lions to one shot on several trips down the floor and turned steals into layups.

Presleigh Scott's putback capped a 13-0 run to open the second half that put the Lady Tigers up 36-21.

"We took bad shots," FSHS coach Daniel Martin said. "We'd move the ball, one pass, two passes, and take a shot. You can't win like that. We've got to move the ball better.

"You stick to who you are. I just didn't think that we played as who we are (Friday)."

Compounding the Lady Lions' woes was Dannah Martin's foul trouble. She picked up her fourth foul before halftime and sat out almost half of the third quarter. The Lady Lions also lost point guard Payton Clouatre to an ankle injury in the second quarter.

"We have to focus on them driving because Dannah's the one that usually makes all their points, and then No. 42, Laurel (Smiley), we had to guard her because she was their next best option, so we had to get on her," said Doyle's Elise Jones, who finished with 19 points. "I thought we did a pretty good job of that (Friday)." 

Dannah Martin's 3-pointer was the Lady Lions' only basket in the third quarter and Claire Glascock's 3-pointer and Jones' steal and layup put Doyle up 41-24 going into the fourth quarter.

"She's a very good shooter," White said of Martin. "We were obviously on her very, very close. It helped us be able to help a little more with her not in there, but we pretty much played the same way. I wanted us to be very, very aggressive because they can shoot from anywhere."

Meghan Watson hit a free throw and Daniel Martin picked up a technical foul. Watson connected on another free throw after the technical, putting Doyle up 49-26.

Dannah Martin hit a pair of 3s to cut the lead to 53-32 and Doyle slowed things down, working the ball around while eating up the clock.

"It was killing me," said Dannah Martin, who finished with 12 points, including three 3-pointers. "There's nothing worse than sitting on the bench and not being able to help your team.

"It was kind of me coming out ready, but almost too ready. I came out and did the exact thing that we talked about not being able to do. It's just a mistake on my part."

The teams showed flashes, but the game never had smooth flow in the first half.

Doyle led 11-8 at the end of the first quarter as both teams struggled from the floor.

The Lady Lions took advantage of Doyle’s troubles as Laurel Smiley's 3-pointer capped a 6-2 run to open the second quarter and put French Settlement ahead 14-13.

From there, the teams went back-and-forth with three ties and three lead changes before Doyle grabbed a 21-19 lead on Watson’s basket.

Cailey Martin’s bucket made the score 23-21 in favor of the Lady Tigers at halftime.

The teams may have been playing too fast in the early going as both struggled to get in sync.

Smiley, who had 15 points, snapped a 4-4 tie with a 3-pointer, but Doyle went on a 7-0 run, capped by four straight free throws, before Smiley hit a free throw to cut the Lady Tiger lead to 11-8 at the end of the first quarter.

"You need these bumps in the road sometimes so that you kind of figure things out and see what you need to correct and move forward," Daniel Martin said. "We know we've got some things that we can correct, and offensively, we've got to get better."

DOYLE 55, FRENCH SETTLEMENT 37

Doyle    11  12  18  14  --  55

FSHS        8  13     3  13  --  37

Doyle (55) -- Kourtlyn Lacey 3 0-0 6, Presleigh Scott 5 1-7 11, Elise Jones 8 3-3 19, Meghan Watson 2 5-15 9, Morgan Blades 1 0-0 3, Claire Glascock 1 0-0 3, Madison Duhon 1 0-0 2, Sydney Taylor 0 0-0 0, Zoey Jacob 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 10-25 54.

FSHS (37) – Bailey Karpinski 2 0-4 5, Dannah Martin 3 3-4 12, Payton Clouatre 0 1-2 1, Serenity Smith 1 0-0 2, Laurel Smiley 5 3-6 15, Cailey Smith 1 0-0 2, Serenity Smith 1 0-0 2, Shay Parker 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 7-16 37.

3-point goals -- Doyle 2 (Glascock, Duhon); FSHS 6 (Martin 3, Smiley 2, Karpinski 1). Total fouls: Doyle 13, FSHS 18. Fouled out: Dannah Martin. Technical foul: FSHS coach Daniel Martin. Record: Doyle 13-9, 2-0, FSHS 17-3, 1-1. Up next: Doyle at St. Thomas Aquinas, 6 p.m. Tuesday; FSHS at Port Allen, 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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