Daniel Poole of Kaplan has a large arm spand because he stands 6-foot-5. He is scoring 10 points and pulling down seven rebounds a game for Kaplan.
Battle in Kaplan tonight
KAPLAN - Looking for a good basketball game to attend tonight? The place to be is in Kaplan.
A lot is riding on both games.
The Lady Pirates and the Lady Wildcats begin the second round of district tonight at 5:30 p.m. The varsity boys’ game will follow.
The Lady Pirates (13-8) completed the first round of district by going 5-0. They opened district with a 47-42 win over Abbeville.
A win over Abbeville tonight would give the Lady Pirates the advantage to win the district title outright. However, if the Lady Wildcats, winners of four straight, can beat Kaplan, then there is a good chance both teams could finish 9-1 in the district. They would share the district title.
“I am sure Abbeville is ready for us,” said Kaplan head coach Amelia Broussard. “They are coming into the game hungry. We are going to be ready for whatever they throw at us.”
The Lady Pirates are led by point guard Alyia Broussard, who is scoring around 16 points a game. Lexi Broussard, Whitney Boullion, Je Johnnie, Jenna Romero are Kaplan’s other scorers.
The Lady Wildcats have been getting it done with balanced scoring.
One game it’s Chelsea Stewart leading AHS in scoring, and then next two games, Lekira Moore or Ja’learia Soelv will lead the Lady Wildcats in scoring.
The Pirates and the Wildcats can not afford a loss.
Kaplan (15-10 is at No. 22 in power ranking, while Abbeville (6-13) is at No. 30. The top 32 teams make the Class 3A playoffs.
The Wildcats are now winners of two straight, while Kaplan has lost two straight games.
Kaplan is coming off significant losses to St. Martinville (80-60) and Crowley (60-27).
Abbeville’s back-to-back wins are to Crowley (64-58) and David Thibodaux (63-59).
In the last eight meetings, Abbeville holds a 5-3 edge.
The hottest shooter in district leads the Wildcats. Forward Zontre Scott leads AHS with a 28-point average in the last two games. Against Crowley, he scored 31.
Walter Baudoin and Jakarri Grogan are Abbeville’s other top scorers.
The Pirates are much taller than Abbeville, thanks to 6-foot-5 Daniel Poole. Poole is averaging 10 points and seven rebounds a game for KHS.
Trent Dupuis is Kaplan’s outside shooter. He has the range to score 30 points if he gets hot from the outside. He is scoring 15 a night.
Lincoln Greene is Kaplan’s point guard, who is dishing out seven assists and scoring six a night.