Doyle led into Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic by Underwood's shooting prowess

Posted by: Ed Daniels in Prep Sports


The Doyle High School girls basketball program is one that is steeped in tradition and victories. The 2013-2014 version is poised to continue that legacy.

The ladies from Livingston Parish have a blend of youth and experience. Head coach Guy McDonald starts two freshman, two juniors and a senior.

That senior is 5-foot-8 guard Taylin Underwood, who has signed with Southeastern Louisiana. Underwood, who has scored more than 2,000 career points and averages 30 points a game, is a dead eye shooter. The 2013 District 8-2A Most Valuable Player averaged 23.5 points a game last season. She also pulled down seven rebounds per game and averaged four assists per contest.

In a one-point playoff win last season against West St Mary, Underwood scored 32 of her team's 56 points and went 19 of 20 from the free throw line.

Underwood was a class 2A second team all state selection.

Head coach Guy McDonald understands the importance of girls basketball at Doyle high school. The program was coached for more than 30 years by Jennifer Smith Goodwin, who won over 600 games.

The Lady Tigers won the class 1A state title in 1979 and have made countless playoff appearances.

McDonald says defensively his club wants to maintain and aggressive style of man to man defense. The Lady Tigers looked to push the ball up the floor. They also run a half court motion offense.

Last season's Doyle team reached the 2A quarterfinals.

Heading into the Christmas break, Doyle had won six of its last eight games.

The Tigers bring their tradition, a quality club, and high expectation to the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic.