Peabody’s Dvonte Tennie (2) goes for two against Neville in November. Melinda Martinezemail@example.com
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It's their first year as starters after being on the team for four years, and both are trying to develop into leaders for the young team. The defending Class 4A state champions lost seven seniors to graduation.
"We're the only two seniors on the team, and people are counting us out because of that," said Lowe, a 6-foot-3 power forward. "We're still trying to develop team chemistry. We play in a tough district so we have to step up our play."
"We had so many good seniors before us, so the bar has been set high for us," said Tennie, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard. "I came into this year thinking the team would play good. We've been hurting ourselves with turnovers."
The Warhorses are 17-4 and 1-0 in district after their 112-13 victory at Grant to begin district play.
Peabody head basketball coach Charles Smith is pleased with his team's record so far.
"I didn't try to run up the score against Grant. My starters only played four minutes in the first quarter, four minutes in the second and four minutes in the third quarter," he said. "The score was 35-0 at the end of the first quarter, and that was a time to let the second-and third-string players have some playing time. Dvonte had six or seven steals and shot the ball well, and Carlton shot the ball well. That was the largest margin of victory I've had as a coach."
Peabody has nearly lost as many games this season than it had the previous two, when the team reached two title games and lost a total of five games. Despite losing games to Ouachita Parish, O. Perry Walker, New Iberia and Washington-Marion, Smith is happy where his team is.
"With just having two seniors, that record is an accomplishment," he said. "I schedule tough teams on purpose and love to play teams out of the New Orleans and Shreveport areas," Smith said. "Carlton moved from the wing to the post because we don't have a lot of height on the team. Dvonte is improving to be a better shooter. It's hard for them to be leaders when they're learning themselves."
Lowe, who averages 10 points and five rebounds a game, said he's more of a seasoned player after his time under Smith.
He was disappointed when the Warhorses lost to Ouachita Parish.
"We had like an 11-point lead at halftime and gave it up because of lack of defense," he said. "Defense is one of our biggest problems. If we can't contain leads, then we will continue to lose games."
"I agree with Carlton that the worst wins are the ones when you lead an entire game and lose at the end," said Tennie, who averages 16 points and seven rebounds a game. "The Ouachita game really showed our lack of defense."
Lowe said his strength is his ability to attack a goal.
"Being aggressive allowed me to get 26 points against New Iberia," he said. "I need to work on getting defensive rebounds."
Tennie said his strength is his ability to drive to a basket.
"I need to work on my passing the ball," he said. "As a senior leader, I need to work more on getting more players involved. I have a tendency to want to take over games because I feel it's the right thing to do as a senior."
Smith said both players have the ability to play on the junior college and mid-college levels.
"I just want them to learn to develop lead roles on defense and offense," he said. "It will take a lot of hard work to win a state championship this year. We rely on our speed. Carlton and Dvonte have the talent to get us to a championship."