Lady Gators hang tough three quarters, but fall short in playoffs to Rapides


Courtesy of LaMar Gafford


At Rapides High School, Lecompte, Thursday (Feb. 15), Class 2A first round game

Records: Rapides 22-7; Lakeview 7-22


Lakeview had been in this scenario in the past as the plucky underdog that always finds a way to pull out an upset, but Rapides was not having any of it as it won, 69-53, Thursday in the first round of the LHSAA Class 2A playoffs.

The Lady Gators had an early 13-10 lead late in the first quarter, but the Lady Mustangs soon turned the game in their favor with a 20-2 run spanning nearly eight minutes.

Lakeview senior Derika Browder did not allow her team to go away quietly after scoring 28 points, but Rapides’ junior trio of Darlynetta Martin, Naomi Lewis and Derricka Compton proved to be too much for the young Lady Gators and De’airian Malone’s double-double sealed their fate.


  • “Mighty Mustang Power”: Basketball is a game of runs and some runs can be more devastating than others. Rapides’ 20-2 run to close the first quarter and to open the second was more than enough to keep it in the lead.
  • “Lady Gators Relish Underdog Role”: Going into Thursday’s game as the No. 27 seed, hats off to Lakeview for battling hard under second-year coach Akilah Issac. However, the Lady Gators have been in similar situations in years past. In 2014, Lakeview upset Rapides in Lecompte as an 11-seed, while a No. 29 seed Lady Gator squad proved that “Cinderella wears green and orange” by making a run to the state tournament.


Lakeview            13 13 12 15 — 53
Rapides              19 14 15 21 — 69


Lakeview – Derika Browder (28 points), Savannah Walter (10 points)

Rapides – Darlynetta Martin (22 points), Naomi Lewis (18 points), Derricka Compton (16 points)


Rapides coach Shane Henderson: “Give credit to Lakeview, they came to play. They have a couple of seniors over there that didn’t want it to end. For a half, it was a really good game, but we started to pull away in the second half when we made a couple of adjustments.”

Lakeview coach Akilah Issac: “We were a 27-seed coming in playing a No. 6 seed and you expect for them to get blown out by 50. We were right there in the first three quarters, but it’s a four-quarter (game). We just didn’t have the finish and time pulled away from us. I’m very proud of my girls for stepping in and saying that we can play with these girls.”


Rapides will host No. 11-seed Kinder Monday at 6:30 p.m. for the right to move on to its second straight quarterfinals.