Iota Lady Dogs top North Central in Hall of Fame Classic

PINE PRAIRIE – For most teams, a 36-percent shooting effort from the floor will not win you many ballgames.

But Iota’s Lady Bulldogs aren’t like most teams.

Despite making just 23 of their 62 shot attempts, the No. 2-ranked Lady Dogs were able to cruise to a 56-28 victory over Class 1A’s No. 6 North Central in a Hall of Fame game played Saturday.

“This was a good win for us,” said Iota coach Stan Baggett, who collected career coaching victory No. 700 a night earlier. “North Central was very, very athletic and they were very physical. They beat us on the boards early on and then we just kind of adjusted.”

North Central kept it close in the first half and trailed by just one (22-21) with 55 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

That’s when Iota began to put the game away.

In the finals seconds of the half, the Lady Dogs went on an 8-0 run to take a 30-21 advantage. Adalie Wriborg started the rally with a 3-pointer that was followed by a runner in the lane by Allison Baggett. Baggett then drilled the backbreaker, a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Lady Dogs a 9-point cushion.

“That run kind of just took everything out of them,” said Baggett. “That 3-pointer at the buzzer took the wind out of their sails.”

In the second half, Iota’s defense took over. The Lady Dogs gave up just two points in the third quarter and five in the fourth as they outscored the Lady Hurricanes 26-7 in the final two frames.

In addition, the Lady Dogs recorded 17 steals on the night, 13 of them in the second half.

“Defensively, we didn’t play that great in the first half,” said Baggett. “But we picked it up in the second half. You know, these people are used to pumping in 65-70 points a game. To hold them to seven in the second half was impressive.”

Allison Baggett led Iota with 24 points, including four 3-pointers. Dominiqua Thomas had eight; Anna Lege added six points on two 3-pointers; Taylor Deville and Adalie Wriborg each had five and McKenzie Armand and Caroline Hebert each scored four.

Iota will travel back to Pine Prairie this evening for a district contest against the Lady Panthers at 6 o’clock.

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