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As if the stage weren’t set for enough drama Saturday at H.O. West Field House when Louisiana College played the first home games on the new basketball court.
The LC women’s team had to play their historic game with their own drama – no head coach. Earlier in the week, the childhood friend of LC women’s coach Patrece Spivey, Latrice Booker, died unexpectedly. Booker’s funeral was scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, and that meant the Lady Cats would have to play without their leader.
With a double dose of motivation, the Lady Wildcats, under the guidance of men’s assistant Daniel Greenhouse, jumped out to 40-20 lead in the first half and never looked back in an 85-56 win in front of a crowd of 2,137 fans.
“I told the girls earlier in the week I probably wouldn’t be there because of the time,” Spivey said. “It’s something we’ve been preparing for. You can’t take a loss because your coach isn’t there, so I’ve been teaching them what to do.”
Though Spivey did return to seen the game’s final minutes, she spent most of the game checking the live stats on http://www.lcwildcats.net, and had to like what she saw.
After falling behind 12-9 after the first four minutes, LC went on a 30-11 run over the next 12, and held a 52-24 advantage at the half. LC’s tenacious defense led to… »»» read more
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