Iota Lady Dogs top Mamou

MAMOU – For 24 minutes Thursday evening, Mamou’s Lady Demons looked poised to pull off their biggest upset of the season.

The Lady Demons (21-8, 8-4) led by as many 10 in the first half and took a 28-21 advantage over No. 9 Iota heading into the fourth quarter.

And then the Lady Dogs caught fire.

Iota drained three 3-pointers and outscored Mamou 17-8 in the final frame, averting disaster and slipping away with a 38-36 victory.

“We just got outhustled for the first three quarters,” said Iota coach Stan Baggett, whose squad improved to 24-12 overall and 11-1 in district play with the victory. “In the fourth quarter, we just started making shots. That’s what it boiled down to. We had been missing shots all game and then we finally got some to fall at the end.”

Iota’s late rally was led by Allison Baggett and Adalie Wriborg. The duo combined for 13 of the Lady Dogs’ final 17 points.

Wriborg nailed a 3-pointer to cut Mamou’s lead to 33-31 with 4:40 remaining and Baggett’s 3-pointer with 15 seconds to go gave Iota their first lead of the game at 38-35.

“Allison had eight points in the last quarter and Adalie came through with five points,” said coach Baggett. “They both had a great fourth quarter.”

The fourth quarter outburst offset a horrid first half by the Lady Dogs, who scored just 15 points in the first 16 minutes.

Iota trailed 14-4 in the opening frame before cutting the lead to 20-15 at the break.

“We knew it was going to be tough over here (Mamou), but we made it tough on ourselves by missing easy shots,” said Baggett. “We had a number of times where we made nice little moves and got to the rim and we’d just miss the shot.”

Baggett scored 11 points in the second half to finish with a team-high 18 points. Anna Leger followed with six points while Wriborge and Tori Stroderd each had five. Dominiqua Thomas and Candace Sensat rounded out the Lady Dogs scoring with two points each.

“I would have hated to go into the playoffs coming off a loss tonight,” said Baggett. “We had every reason to lose this game the way we played. Nothing was falling for us. This was a huge, huge win for us.”

Iota’s victory left them in a tie for first place in the league standings with Oakdale. The two teams squared off last night in Kinder to break the tie in a special playoff game for the district title.

“Getting to play Oakdale at a neutral site is like a bonus,” said Baggett. “You get to play an extra game so it’s like a playoff game before the real playoffs start.

“Tonight was the same thing. It was a playoff atmosphere. You know, they (Mamou) are No. 6 in the power ratings so it was nice for us to come in here and get this win.”

The 2010 girl’s playoff brackets are set to be released Monday afternoon with first-round games slated to begin Thursday.

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