For most of the season, the Pitkin Lady Tigers had found it difficult to get things going early.


For most of the season, the Pitkin Lady Tigers had found it difficult to get things going early.
But not Monday night.
The 14th-ranked Lady Tigers scored 13 of the first 15 points of the game and never looked back, knocking off No. 19 Doyline in the first round of the Class B playoffs, 54-32.
"I told the girls before the game we needed to start quickly," Pitkin head coach Dana Wisby said. "We had been struggling getting started in games. But tonight, we got out quick and that really helped tonight."
With the victory, the Lady Tigers (11-22) visit an old foe in Anacoco, which hammered Rapides in the opening round, 70-35.
The game is set for 6 p.m. Thursday at Anacoco High School with the winner advancing to the state quarterfinals.
Just 10 seconds in, Pitkin senior Katie White bottomed out a three-pointer from the corner and Amber Johnson followed up with a driving layup for a quick 5-0 lead for the Lady Tigers.
After a pair of free throws from Chantrell Johnson, the Lady Tigers responded with eight straight points, four of which came from Jocelyne Davidson as Pitkin opened up a 13-2 advantage.
Johnson added two more free throws for the Lady Panthers, but a late basket from Chelsea James sent Pitkin into the second period with an 11-point cushion, 15-4.
Davidson continued to pour it on in the post for the Lady Tigers, scoring eight of their 15 points in the second quarter, while Loran Nolen drained a three-pointer. Amber Johnson and James added two points apiece as Pitkin went into the locker room with a comfortable lead, 30-11.
During the intermission, one of the players from Doyline passed out in the locker room, delaying the game for approximately 15 minutes as paramedics were called to the school.
As the paramedics were en route, the game resumed and the Lady Tigers continued to pull away from the outmatched Lady Panthers. James scored six points during Pitkin's 15-5 run in the third, giving the Lady Tigers a 45-16 edge going into the final eight minutes of regulation.
As the fourth period commenced, the paramedics arrived and the Doyline player was attended to. The Lady Panthers did pick up the pace a bit offensively, matching their total from the first three periods in the final frame.
However, it wasn't nearly enough as the Lady Tigers got the win.
Wisby was pleased with her team's effort on Monday and expects them to have the same intensity against Anacoco on Thursday, a team the Lady Tigers have lost to three times, the last by eight points.
"These girls have had a taste of what it's like to win in the playoffs and they want more," Wisby said. "We will work hard the next two days to be ready to play Thursday against Anacoco and I think we are up for the challenge."
Davidson paced Pitkin with 16 points, while Amber Johnson and James were in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Chantrell Johnson led Doyline (17-13) with 16 points.