Lady Trojans’ new defense key in win over Davidson

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 17, 2002

ST. JOSEPH, La. &045; Even though it’s still early, people may be starting to catch on to Ferriday’s girls.

The Lady Trojans’ press is one that can suffocate you if you don’t have the correct ball handlers. But now there’s a twist.

No longer relying on the conventional 1-2-1-1 variety, the Lady Trojans tested out the 1-3-1 setup Tuesday and found positive results in their 84-30 mauling of Davidson.

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&uot;We’ve only worked on it one day,&uot; Ferriday senior guard Monique Jones said. &uot;It’s new to everybody, and everybody is trying to get a feel for it for it and come together as a team. You can get more turnovers (in it). You force people to the corners, and we can trap them and get turnovers.&uot;

Keep in mind the new wrinkle wasn’t because the old press was getting old. Far from it. LaShawnda Pryor and the rest of the Lady Trojans’ front court continued to force turnovers and get easy layups against Davidson just has they have done in their 12-0 start so far.

It’s all about being diversified.

&uot;That’s why I put my starters out there to begin with,&uot; Ferriday head coach Lisa Abron said. &uot;It was a good learning experience for the group. We’ll try to run that a little more in the future. We want to try to throw some different looks at everybody we play this year. I think people have gotten used to seeing us run the 1-2-1-1 press, so we want to change it during the course of the game.&uot;

The results were pretty immediate against the struggling Lady Warriors, although Abron said there’s still work to be done as far as everyone knowing where they’re supposed to be.

Jones hit a bucket just after the midway point of the first quarter to put Ferriday’s lead at 19-3, and the Lady Trojans led 27-11 heading into the second quarter. Jameca Garrison converted a three-point play with 4:16 left in the second to give Ferriday a 36-15 lead.

Mary Clark put in a basket for Davidson after that, and the Lady Trojans scored eight straight points to take a 44-17 lead.

Kawanna McDowell scored just before the buzzer for a 46-19 Ferriday lead at halftime.

&uot;We’ve played them before, and we knew what they had,&uot; Abron said. &uot;I really wasn’t expecting much from them. I wanted to give my others girls a chance to play. That’s going to be my team for the future. Plus, we’re trying to do some different things defensively.&uot;

Everyone for Ferriday scored, and Abron and her assistants had a promising outing from reserve post Brittney Scott, a 10th-grader who came off the bench to score nine points.

Scott hit two free throws in the third quarter as part of Ferriday’s 22-4 run, and she followed it with four in the fourth quarter.

&uot;She’s got good size, which we have been lacking in the past couple of years,&uot; Abron said. &uot;I’m going to work with her more. It was a good game for her to get in. We’ve got to work on her post-up move, but she did a real good job.&uot;

The win was the fourth in six days for the Lady Trojans, who won the Davidson tournament over the weekend with wins over those same Lady Warriors and Newellton &045; their third win over the Lady Bears.

That all followed a win over Class 4A Wossman on the road Thursday, a win that Abron said her squad learned a bit from since Jones and Pryor got in foul trouble early.

&uot;It was a great win,&uot; Jones said. &uot;I got in foul trouble, but when you keep your composure then you’ll be all right. You’ve got to focus and keep God first. We have upcoming games that should be challenging, and we want to win every game. I’m not looking at the negatives &045; I’m looking at all the positives.&uot;