Peabody Magnet High's basketball team may have put speculation of the team taking a step back this year to rest.
The Warhorses (8-0) led by 12 points each quarter in their 81-48 win over Woodlawn High of Shreveport oin Friday in the Peabody Fall Classic tournament.
"We've been working on trying to eliminate turnovers and rebounding the ball better," said Peabody head basketball coach Charles Smith. "I was pleased with how we shot the ball."
It was hard to tell that the Warhorses only have two seniors after the defending Class 4A state champions lost seven seniors to graduation.
Dvonte' Tennie, a senior shooting guard, finished with a team high of 15 points, and senior forward Carlton Lowe finished with 12 points.
After the game, Tennie and Lowe both said teams "better take notice."
"I know we're young, but the underclassmen are starting to believe in what we're trying to do," Tennie said. "If we just stay focused, we will be hard to beat."
"Much love to coach Smith and our coaching staff because their doing a great job of getting us prepared for games," Lowe said. "We just have to continue to work hard, and that will lead us to that state championship."
Woodlawn played aggressive the entire game.
Lowe made eight of his 10 free throws and Tennie making five of six free throws.
"I've been telling players that when you make free throws, it puts the game out of reach for your competition," Smith said.
Tennie scored the first two points for the Warhorses with a jump-shot from inside the free throw line.
Six of his points came in the first quarter, and junior center Robert Gullette scored five points from the free throw line.
Peabody fans erupted with excitement when Woodlawn's Curtis Robinson's shot was pinned to the backboard by Peabody junior guard Gabriel Jordan after a fastbreak with 5:53 left in the third quarter.
Smith is not a big fan of fastbreak plays.
"I rather my guys try to take a charge," he said. "It's nice to have the crowd into the game, but I want players to fully understand the fundamentals of the game.
Lowe and Tennie congratulated teammate Leroy McClinton for his two three-pointers made in the second quarter to send Peabody into halftime, leading 54-29.
"I've made about nine three-pointers this year," McClinton said. "It feels good to be undefeated because a lot of people don't expect us to make it to the championship. If we tighten up our defense, then we can win a championship."
Woodlawn's' Andre Brooks finished the night with a team high of 16 points.
"Playing smart defense is something I'm working on," Lowe said. "There's always room for improvement."
Woodlawn had six turnovers and Peabody four turnovers.
"I am happy that we are cutting down on turnovers," Smith said. "I want my team to learn how to play position defense. Defense is the key to winning games."
The tournament continues today at 8 a.m. with the Warhorses facing L.B. Landry at 7:30 p.m.