The Lady Panthers easily handled a struggling Jeanerette (0-15, 0-4) squad 52-29, while the Panthers held on to take their game by a 73-72 margin.
The Lady Panthers moved the ball at will against the visitors, with crisp passes leading to points at a feverish clip.
Lady Panther head coach Lisa Richard said it was nice to see her players perform so well.
“The transition game was much better tonight,” she said. “That’s been one of our problems: We would press and steal the ball and we would never finish.
“It was great to see them clicking tonight and playing as a team. They were giving up the ball right at the last minute so that somebody could score.”
The Lady Panthers took a 17-10 first-quarter lead and never looked back. A suddenly stingy Delcambre defense held Jeanerette to just three points in the second period.
DHS out-scored their opponents 28-16 in the second half.
Keely Broussard led Delcambre with 19 points. She was 4-of-7 at the line.Emily Romero scored 10 points for Delcambre, Tori Verret had nine points, Taylor Moneaux and Nicole Bouillion each had six points and Alexa Grossie scored two points, as the entire Lady Panthers lineup got into the scoring.
“In the beginning of the year, you’d look at the score book and three people were scoring,” said Richard. “But, by halftime tonight everyone had scored.
“Despite their record, they are improving. You can see their future and I can’t wait to see what that’s going to be.”
The Lady Panthers (5-17, 1-3) next hosts W. St. Mary (10-6, 4-0) on Friday, Jan. 27.
The Panthers did not have quite the walk in the park that the Lady Panthers did, but still earned a win to improve to 9-13 overall and 1-3 in District 6-2A.
Delcambre led 18-14 after one period, but Jeanerette rode the hot hand of Paul Richard to take over and lead 36-34 at the half. Richard had 32 points on the night.
A back-and-forth battle ensued after the break, and the Panthers were ahead just one point at the start of the fourth quarter.
The buckets kept falling for the evenly matched teams in the final period, but when DHS’ Jace Dore hit a midrange jumper with less than a minute on the clock, the Panthers looked to be in control with a 74-69 lead.
Jeanerette scored from under the bucket to get it to 74-71 and quickly fouled Delcambre’s Carl Taylor. Taylor went 1-for-2 at the line to keep it 75-71 with :18 ticks on the clock.
Jeanerette got another quick bucket, but messed up in putting Clarence Farrier at the line. Farrier drained both shots with :08.1 left. Jeanerette knocked down a trey with time expiring, but it didn’t matter.
Winston Linden led Delcambre with 21 points. Taylor had 16 points, Danson Solomon had 15 points, Jace Dore had 12 points, Niles Francis had eight points and Clarence Farrier had five points.
The Panthers next face West St. Mary (9-9, 4-0) at home on Friday,