According to VC head coach Kim Guidry, East Iberville sports a player that would give any team fits.
“I’m a little concerned about their size,” said Guidry. “They’ve got a legitimate 6-2... She’s an athlete; you can just tell.
“They’ve got a couple of wide bodies and they’ve also got a couple of guards.”
East Iberville got into the second round by defeating number-20 St. Edmund 48-41 at home on Monday night
“St. Eds was in it for three quarters,” said Guidry. “In fact, they were leading the whole way. Then, East Iberville changed defenses on them. St. Eds went cold and couldn’t hit a shot. Finally, East Iberville crawled back into it and took the win.”
Guidry said East Iberville did not do a lot of outside shooting against St. Eds.
“That doesn’t mean they’re not capable of it,” she cautioned. “We’re just going to have to take care of business and take care of the basketball. You know they’re probably going to use full-court pressure.”
Guidry said, too, that she feels the Lady Eagles must control the tempo of the game to be effective.
“We can’t get in a track meet with them,” she said. “When we’ve got the ball, we want to transition up. But, we’ve got to get back on defense and make them earn their points, not give them anything easy.”
Guidry said she and her squad are happy to be in the second round, but that they are not content.
“We’ve worked too hard to get this far and let one sneak away,” she said. “But it’s the playoffs. Every game is like a new day.
“Every round is supposed to get harder and every game is a thrill. That’s what you call the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.”
The Lady Eagles earned their trip to second round and second-straight home playoff game by trouncing Ouachita Christian 61-37 on Monday night.
Sophomore Katie Frith scored 22 points for VC in that game. Freshmen Kaylen Collins and Ashailee Brailey contributed 12 and nine points respectively. Natalie Camel got four points and senior Mikhyla Campbell had three points.
Senior Mia LeBeouf, who Guidry said has been a boon to the Lady Eagles as of late, scored 11 points for her team Monday.
“I thought Mia had a good night,” said Guidry. “When we were struggling a little bit at the beginning, she stepped it up for us. I also thought (Camel) did a good job. It’s time for them to step up and I thought they did that.”
Guidry said it will likely take a concerted effort from her whole team to get a win on Thursday, though.
“I didn’t feel we played our best,” said Guidry of the game with Ouachita Christian. “(But) we still won by (more than) 20 points. They found a way to win.”
She said her young squad earned its stripes on Monday night.
“You’ve got to learn,” she said. “I think the jitters got to us. But, once we got into a rhythm, we performed a little bit better.”