Iota, Midland roll to victories

IOTA – The Iota Lady Bulldogs opened District 5-AA play Tuesday with a bang, cruising to 69-41 victory over the visiting Welsh Lady Greyhounds.

The Lady Dogs took a 34-21 lead at the half before exploding for 32 points in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

“We didn’t exactly set the world on fire in the first half,” said Iota coach Stan Baggett, whose team improved to 15-5 overall and 1-0 in league play with the victory. “But we woke up in the third quarter.”

Welsh stayed within striking distance in the first half with Iota sitting back in a zone. The Lady Dogs went to a full-court press in the third quarter and the rout was on.

Allison Baggett scored 15 of her game-high 31 points in the third quarter and Anna Lege scored eight. Lege finished with 17 points.

“We weren’t pleased with our play in the first half,” said Baggett. “I think the girls understood that and they came out with a lot of intensity in the second half.”

Iota’s reserves took the floor in the final quarter and were outscored 13-3.

Candace Sensat and Caroline Hebert each chipped in six points in the victory while Clair LeJeune scored five. Adalie Wriborg added three points and Madison Meche had one.

In other prep action, the Midland Rebels and Lady Rebels pulled off a sweep of Centerville.

In the boy’s game, Midland rallied from a 31-26 halftime deficit and outscored the Tigers 26-16 in the final 16 minutes to claim a 52-47 victory.

Allen Fontenot carried the load for the Rebels, scoring a game-high 23 points. Allan Vondenstein followed with 12 points including eight in the Rebels’ second half surge.

Andrew Hains chipped in eight points, Jake Gautreaux added five and Chase Vincent scored two.

In the girls’ game, Haley Guidry poured in 23 points to lead the Lady Rebels to a 52-39 victory.

The Lady Rebels took a 28-21 advantage at the break before outscoring the Lady Tigers 24-18 in the second half.

Morgan Clement and Katie Primeaux each scored eight points in the victory.

Also contributing were Hannah Fremaux and Katie Woods with five points each and Tori Craigen with three.

Both the Rebels and Lady Rebels will be in action again Sunday in the first round of the Midland Holiday Spectacular.

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