By Michael Barron
Daily World Sports Correspondent
It was just the way the North Central Lady Hurricanes wanted to start off their run to being the top team in the parish.
They were able to defeat the Beau Chene Lady Gators 53-27.
The game was a tight one in the first half, as both teams were turnover prone and had trouble finishing on the offensive end. The halftime score was 23-22 in favor of the Lady Hurricanes.
The second half was a completely different story than that of the first. North Central went into a full-court trap and that changed the game drastically.
The turnovers that weren't capitalized upon in the first half became easy buckets for the Hurricanes.
The Lady Gators were never able to solve the trap and the constant mistakes on the offensive end killed any hope of staying in the ball game.
"We made too many mental mistakes like we have all season," Beau Chene coach Melanie Tibbs said. "Turnovers were again the problem as they have been all season. We didn't play with our heads in the game. We just made too many mistakes in the second half to win the game."
On the other side of the coin, Lady Hurricanes coach Vanessa Taylor was pleased with her team's overall performance.
She said she liked the way they were able to come out and execute in the second half.
"The team started out slow tonight," Taylor said. "It is the second time we've played Beau Chene and I think they didn't do a good job defensively in the first half against us. The girls got key steals on the press and capitalized on their turnovers."
The Lady Hurricanes were helped by the offensive performance by guard Shaqwandra Butler. She finished the game with 11 points, but all coming in opportune times.
She was a main contributor in the first half when the Lady Gators were still in the ball game.
"I feel like I played well on defense," Butler said. "I think I did a poor job on the offensive side. Coach has been trying to help me play point guard, but I'm truly a shooting guard."
She also said she felt as though her teammates around her stepped up and as a team they played an overall god game.
"Skylar stepped up tonight," Butler said. "Everyone ran the floor well tonight. Overall we played well as a team."
Her coach agreed with her players thoughts.
"Each games we have a different player stepping up," Taylor said. "We are trying to find out chemistry, but we must continue to get better."
The Lady Gators will now have to take what they've learned and get ready for district play.
"We still have a lot of work left to do."