Sulphur’s last postseason run under long-time head coach Helen LeFevre starts on Thursday when the No. 6 Lady Tors host No. 27 Hammond in the Class 5A bi-district round.
But LeFevre is all business even with retirement approaching.
“I haven’t really thought about it like that,” LeFevre said. “I have been so focused trying to get prepared.
“I hope this is not the last one (game), and we are preparing over the weekend. It is do or die now. I am going to focus on making sure we are playing Monday night.”
Game time is set for 6 p.m.
While Sulphur (27-5) has its highest seeding since 2015, it is not overlooking Hammond (18-10). Last season, Hammond handed Sulphur a stinging 62-38 defeat.
“We played Hammond last year and they beat us double-digits,” LeFevre said. “They have a lot of the same players coming back. I think we definitely have to be ready.
“They handed us a pretty good beat down last year. It was a tournament game that we didn’t have much preparation for. They are going to switch up their defenses a lot.”
Hammond is an all guard team led by seniors Brandy Scott and Arrina McGary.
“They are basically all guards,” LeFevre said. “They don’t have an inside game, but they can all penetrate and shoot the three.
“They try to attack you and kick out and shoot the threes. I think we are going to focus on closing in things on defense. I felt like Barbe attacked us and penetrated. We have to stop them. I think our height is going to give them trouble. We have to get a hand in their face. If their penetration is hurting our 1-3-1, then they are going to kick out and hit some open threes.”
Sulphur will counter with its powerful inside game in senior Raegan Ojoro and juniors Moe Patterson (11.4 ppg, 9 rpg) and Abi Massey (10 ppg). But Sulphur’s forwards will also have to keep pace with Hammond’s guards on the defensive end.
“I think we are going to have an advantage on the offensive end inside,” LeFevre said. “We are going to try to pound it inside.
“I feel like we could outrebound them. But with five guards getting up and down the floor, Moe is going to have to get up and down with them.”
Senior guard Addy Tremie is coming off a 23-point performance against Acadiana and is Sulphur’s leading scorer at 13 points a game.