Crowley Ladies, Iota Lady Bulldogs cruise to victories

CROWLEY – It was the tale of two halves Thursday for the Crowley High Ladies in their District 4-AAA and regular-season finale against Eunice.

The Ladies fell behind 3-2 in the first quarter before taking a slim 8-4 advantage at halftime.

The lack of offensive production by the Ladies was displeasing to CHS coach Alton Allen and he let his squad know about it at the half.

“I basically told them that they were stinking up the joint,” said Allen.

The Ladies took the halftime speech to heart and responded with a 48-3 run in the final 16 minutes to walk away with a 56-8 victory.

“It was a totally different ballgame in the second half,” said Allen, whose squad finished the regular season at 17-11 overall and 5-5 in league play. “In the first half, we started out real sluggish. We were settling for outside shots and we weren’t finishing when we had opportunities up close.

“We came out with a more aggressive attitude in the second half. We came out with more of a purpose and we were more content on getting the ball inside. We got some early turnovers and we didn’t look back after that.”

Crowley outscored Eunice 28-3 in the third quarter and went on a 20-0 run in the fourth to close out the contest.

“We did a better job of protecting the basketball tonight and our defense created a lot of turnovers in the second half,” said Allen. “We created a lot of steals and we did a good job of limiting them to just one shot.

“We came out in the second half and played like the team I knew I had. The key is to play that way from start to finish each night.”

Kara Wilridge and Mercedes Rogers paced the Ladies with 15 and 13 points, respectively.

Tiara Dugar pitched in eight points, Raven Ardoin added six and Bianca Anderson scored five.

Also contributing in the victory were Sara Woodard with four points, Carlita George and Beverly Anderson with two each and Vivian Barker with one.

Over in Iota, the Lady Bulldogs’ 5-AA finale against Mamou wasn’t as dramatic.

The Lady Dogs scored 29 points in the first quarter and cruised to 78-43 victory.

“We really pounced on them,” said IHS coach Stan Baggett, whose squad improved to 25-7 overall and 9-2 in league play with the victory. “The ballgame was over in no time at all. We pressed about the first six minutes and it was 26-4.”

The Lady Dogs took a 42-14 cushion into the half before extending their lead to 62-27 after the third quarter.

Iota’s reserves took the court in the final frame and went blow for blow with Mamou as each team scored 16 points.

“We looked sharp tonight,” said Baggett. “That’s one of our better ballgames in quite a while from start to finish. We’ve been through a heck of a slump the last two weeks and I’m just hoping and praying that this is the game that gets us going again.”

Iota’s sharp shooters paved the way with 14 3-pointers to tie a season high for the Lady Dogs. Anna Lege dropped in four long balls while Candace Sensat, Adalie Wriborg and Claire LeJeune each hit three. Allison Baggett rounded out the attack with one 3-pointer.

Allison Baggett added 11 rebounds to go with her game-high 25 points. She was followed by Wriborg with 15 points and six assists; Lege had 14 points and five assists and Sensat with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Also contributing in the victory were LeJeune (nine points) and Caroline Hebert with four points, 10 assists and four steals.

“The kids stepped up and played well,” said Baggett. “We shot the ball real well. We were 14-for-32 from the 3-point line. That’s lighting up. I’ll take that any day.

Crowley and Iota will find out their postseason fates on Monday when the LHSAA releases the 2011 playoff brackets.

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