Fontenot provides spark in Midland's semfinal victory

CROWLEY – With Miles Prejean, B.J. Cormier and Colby Gantt carrying the bulk of the offensive load for Midland during the 2009-10 season, Allen Fontenot had been relegated to the role of defensive specialist and rebounder for the Rebels.

That all changed Tuesday.

With his team in need of an offensive spark in their Class B semifinal showdown against perennial power Zwolle, Fontenot stepped up in a huge way.

The junior forward, who averaged just seven points per game on the season, was virtually unstoppable from beyond the 3-point arch, draining seven of 10 attempts to help lead the Rebels to a 79-78 overtime victory.

“He wasn’t even on our scouting report,” Zwolle coach Bradley McLaren said afterward of Fontenot. “He never showed up on any film we had on them.”

“I don’t think he was on many people’s scouting report this year,” Midland coach Todd Briley said in postgame interviews. “That’s good. I hope Rapides didn’t see him tonight, too.”

Midland will take on top-seeded Rapides Friday at 6 o’clock in the Class B title game at the Cajundome.

Fontenot’s effort – 24 points, four rebounds in 36 minutes - was even more impressive considering that just over four weeks ago, he underwent an appendectomy.

“What a lot of people don’t know is that just a few weeks ago, he was having surgery,” said Briley. “He bounced back from that and it wasn’t like he just went out there playing like he was hurt. He picked up where he left off and that shows a lot of character. I was really proud of him for that.”

Fontenot’s performance, which included five 3-pointers in the second quarter to help give Midland a 43-28 halftime advantage, came as no surprise to Briley.

“Allen has come up big for us before, but I guess Zwolle just didn’t know that,” he said. “It’s not uncommon for him to hit big shots. He got in the zone and we kept getting him the ball.”

Fontenot drained six 3-pointers in a 53-50 victory over St. Louis in November and scored 21 against Hosanna in the second round of the state playoffs.

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