Iota Lady Dogs top Ville Platte for District 5-2A title

VILLE PLATTE – For the first 16 minutes Friday, Class 2A’s No. 8-ranked Ville Platte had No. 2 Iota right where they wanted them.

Ville Platte took a 9-8 lead in the first quarter and trailed by just one, 23-22, at the half.

But the hosts’ bid at an upset failed when the Lady Bulldogs (29-3, 10-0) caught fire in the second half and rolled to a convincing 73-54 victory.

The Lady Dogs drained 12 of their season-high 15 3-pointers in the final 16 minutes as they pulled away to clinch the District 5-2A title.

“We really broke the game open in the third quarter,” said Iota coach Stan Baggett, whose squad outscored Ville Platte 27-18 to start the second half. “We really didn’t play well in the first half. We went into the half and I told the girls that they (Ville Platte) just gave us everything they had and we were still up by one.

“We came out in the second half and once a couple of shots started falling, it just steamrolled. The confidence just grew right off the bat.”

Iota led by as many as 24 early in the fourth quarter and outscored Ville Platte 23-14 in the final eight minutes.

“It was over quick,” said Baggett of the beginning of the fourth quarter. “We hit some quick buckets and within a few minutes, it was a 24-point lead. We buried them real quick in the fourth quarter.”

The late scoring barrage was nothing new for the Lady Dogs.

“This is a very explosive team and it’s been that way the entire season,” said Baggett. “We’ll have three points four minutes into the game and at the blink of an eye, two minutes later we’ll score 12 more. All those 3s, when they’re clicking, it can build up real quick.”

The Lady Dogs’ sharp shooters hit just three 3-pointers in the first half, but they connected on 12 of their 15 shots from beyond the arch in the final 16 minutes.

“This was our season high for 3-pointers,” said Baggett. “I want to say we hit 13 in one game and 12 in another but this was the best we’ve shot from out there this year.

“After about five games, this is about the third straight game that we’ve shot pretty well. I’m hoping we’re out of that little slump and this is a good step towards the playoffs.”

Allison Baggett knocked down five 3-pointers and led all scorers on the night with 23 points. Anna Lege followed with 18 points and knocked down six treys.

Adalie Wriborg added eight points and Caroline Hebert had six. Each had two 3-pointers.

Baggett was also impressed with the play of his youngsters.

His three freshmen - McKenzie Armand, Taylor Deville and Mallory Faul - combined for 18 points on the night. Armand had eight points, Deville had six and Faul had four.

“My three freshmen who came off the bench all played very well tonight,” said Baggett. “They all contributed big time. Those three did a great job coming off the bench. The combined for 18 points and about 15 rebounds.”

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