Church Point surges past CHS Ladies
BY Chris Quebedeaux
CROWLEY – Just when the Crowley Ladies got things going Tuesday, the Church Point Lady Bears had an answer.
The CHS Ladies cut a 14-point halftime deficit to just four points early in the third quarter before Church Point’s defense took over.
Church Point forced 13 turnovers in the final 12 minutes, enabling the Lady Bears to pull away for a 54-35 victory over the homestanding Ladies in a pivotal District 4-3A contest.
Church Point improved to 11-14 on the year and 1-1 in league play with the victory. Crowley fell to 5-11 overall and 0-2 in district.
“With this team, you can’t give them the option to turn up the intensity. You have put them in defenses to almost force them to pick it up,” said Church Point coach Timmy Jones. “With us sitting back in just a simple zone in the first half, we just sat back and watched. We threw a press in there in the second half to make them get after it and once we did that, we got rolling.”
Crowley trailed 26-12 at the break before going on a 10-0 run in the first three minutes of the third quarter to cut Church Point’s lead to 26-22.
That was as close as the CHS Ladies would get.
Church Point went to a full-court press at the 4:43 mark of the third frame and forced turnover after turnover while going on an 11-0 run to end the quarter with a 37-22 advantage.
“We made a little run early in the third quarter, but once they started pressing, we didn’t handle that too well,” said CHS coach Alton Allen.
What made the press even harder to break was the fact that CHS forward Kara Wilridge picked up her fourth foul early in the second half and sat out much of the third and fourth quarters.
“Kara picking up that fourth foul was really a big factor,” said Allen. “Not only losing her on offense and defense for most of the second half, but losing her ball handling skills when they pressed hurt us. We had to come in with some other people who weren’t as good handling the press.
“What caused us to get into that situation was what has been our biggest problem all year - turnovers. We make turnovers just because. We don’t have to have any pressure. Turnovers are just waiting to happen for us.”
The fourth quarter was much of the same for the Ladies. Church Point kept up the pressure and outscored Crowley 17-13 to seal the victory.
Crowley had 28 turnovers on the night and connected on jus six of their 14 free throws on the night.
Church Point was led by Jalisa and Deniseo Citizen with 17 and 16 points, respectively. Ladahsa Bellard hit double figures with 11, Keyontana Harrison added six points and Alana Garrick and Shanesha Goodwin each had two.
Crowley was paced by Isis Broussard with 11 points and Mercedes Rogers with nine. Kara Wilridge followed with seven points, Sara Woodard scored five and Vivian Barker had three.
Crowley will be in action again Friday when the Ladies travel to Westlake for a 6 o’clock district contest.
Church Point will be at home Friday taking on Iowa.