Albany vs Denham Springs girls K. Thompson(32) Kellie Landry(1)

Kate Thompson (32) of Denham Springs drives in to score against Albany's Kellie Landry (1).

ALBANY – Kate Thompson scored 23 points and pulled down 12 rebounds helping Denham Springs play to its strength for a 63-40 win at Albany.

It marked their 10th straight victory.

That strength was front and center in the second quarter as the Yellow Jackets forced the Hornets to go the entire time without a field goal.

“One of the things we wanted to do was stop their outside shots,” Thompson said. “Once we started scoring inside, we really trusted our defense to help us make more plays. The total team effort was there the entire game.”

The two teams had met once this season with the Yellow Jackets taking a 53-25 decision on Dec. 7 in the Livingston Parish Tournament.

Denham Springs (16-3) returns to action next Friday at University High in non-district action before opening District 4-5A play at Central-B.R. on Jan. 16.

Albany (14-8) tips off its District 7-3A schedule on Tuesday at Loranger.

Denham Springs’ height made life difficult in the first quarter with Albany only managing to score two field goals by Camryn Woods.

Albany vs Denham Springs girls Layla D'Fonseca(32) D. Jones (35)

Denham Springs High's Desiree Jones (35) blocks a shot attempt by Albany's Layla D'Fonseca (32).

Free throws kept it close with Albany connecting on all six of its attempts, staying within five at the end of the period, 16-11.

The knockout blow came in the form of a defensive gem by Denham Springs, holding Albany without a field goal in the second quarter, forcing them to settle for three points via free throws.

“If you play great defense, that is always going to show up,” said Denham Springs coach Blake Zito. “We’ve talked about the importance of challenging their shots, and we certainly did that in this game. I have to give Albany credit because they kept fighting the entire game.”

Starting near the middle of the first quarter, Albany’s field goal drought lasted almost 15 minutes. It finally ended at 5:09 in the third quarter when Layla D’Fonseca hit a jump shot to cut DSHS’s lead to 42-16.

It was also the start of a 12-5 for the Lady Hornets.

“During halftime, our mindset changed,” Woods said. “Coach told us never to quit, and we never gave up. At some point, our shots would fall. No matter what the score is, we won’t back down.”

Albany coach Stacy Darouse said DSHS’ size advantage made for a difficult test.

“Denham Springs is a great 5A team with size and length, and we knew it was going to be a challenge,” Albany coach Stacey Darouse said. “What frustrated me is that we didn’t always follow our scout plan, and we are a defensive minded team. I’m proud of the way our team kept battling.”

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