Their teams are only one game into the District 10-2A season, but right now there is nothing more important to the coaches involved in Friday’s Doyle-French Settlement doubleheader than picking up wins.
The girls game features an early-season showdown of undefeated league teams after both scored wins Tuesday.
The biggest challenge for Doyle coach Sam White’s crew as it looks to defend its league crown is slowing French Settlement’s 3-point shooting after Dannah Martin put up 35 points with 9 3-pointers in the Lady Lions’ 70-37 win over Springfield on Tuesday.
“We’re going to try not to let them shoot it,” White said while laughing. “Our game plan is to absolutely make them not do what they’re comfortable with. We may not be successful at that, but I told my girls if they’re going to beat us, they’re going to beat us, they’re going to beat us in the paint. We’re not letting them sit outside of the 3 and beat us.”
Doyle comes (12-9, 1-0) has been looking for consistency this season and comes into Friday’s game off a 45-30 win over St. Helena, but French Settlement coach Daniel Martin isn’t focused on the Lady Tigers’ record.
“You don’t want to get too caught up into one game and trying to define your season on one game or anything like that, but I think that you should see two good teams going at it tonight, said Martin, whose team comes in at 17-2, 1-0.
“They’ve played some good teams. They’re scrappy on defense. They’re going to get after you. I think that they’ve got some depth. All five that is going to be on the floor are going to be able to play, so it’s not like you can just zone in on one player. You’ve got to guard everybody and you’ve got to expect that everybody is going to guard you. They’re going to get after you the whole game. We’ve got to handle their pressure.”
On the boys side, Doyle (11-11, 1-0) and French Settlement (6-16, 0-1) are both looking to fully get on track early in league play.
“The last time I saw them, I was really impressed with how hard those kids played,” Doyle coach Daniel Kennedy said. “Any time you play somebody that’s close by and play them every year, it seems like just the familiarity with the kids know each other that keep it from getting lopsided either way.
“I think that they will present us some issues for us offensively scoring. They primarily play a little zone. We have struggled so far against the zone, and so that alone will add something to it.”
Kennedy is hoping the Tigers can take advantage of their size.
French Settlement comes in on a six-game losing streak, with a 79-68 loss to West St. John on Wednesday in which the Lions scored 29 points in the fourth quarter in a rally that fell short.
“They’re going to come in here confident like they should be, and they’re going to make us beat them,” Lions coach Chase Delrie said. “So for us, we’ve got to shoot the ball well, which we’re capable of. But I think the key for us is being able to defend the rim and rebound the basketball.”
Maurepas at Crescent City, 5 p.m.
Albany at Bogalusa, 6 p.m.
Doyle at French Settlement, 6 p.m.
Kentwood at Springfield, 6 p.m.
Johnson Bayou at Holden, 6 p.m.
Kentwood at Springfield, 6 p.m.
Albany at Bogalusa, 7 p.m.
Doyle at French Settlement, 7 p.m.
Johnson Bayou at Holden, 7 p.m.