LEESVILLE, LA (KPLC) - We’ve all heard the old adage that defense wins championships and for the 18-3 Leesville Wampus-Cats, it’s their defense that has them in prime position to make a state championship push.
“Our number one offense is our defense," said head coach Troy Grigg. “That’s what makes us go and if we can get our defense going right, offensively we are pretty tough when it comes to getting out in the open floor.”
And on any great defensive team you have to have an anchor down low. Center Duwon Tolbert has been that anchor for the Cats. The multi-sport athlete has made a living in the paint averaging 15 points, nine boards, and two blocks for the number two ranked team in class 4-A.
“I’m going to crash the boards hard. I’m a big body in the paint, I block shots, I’m just the center of the defense for the team and they feed off me. We’re going to get after you, we press and we get in your stuff the whole game," said Tolbert.
“He makes people think about whether they want to shoot it or not so it causes problems for people in the paint. He gets a big block and then we pick the ball up and go with it. If we don’t finish on the end he’s following hard and when he gets in there and battles then it helps us get the momentum going in our favor," Grigg said.
But if Leesville wants to keep the momentum rolling and win their first state title since 2001, they know they’ll have to bring it on offense as well.
“We have to be patient on offense. We have the tendency to force things at times but when we’re patient we can get what we want when we want it," Grigg added.
“We have some shooters and drivers and I can finish in the paint so I feel like that’s another plus for us," Tolbert said.