Iota tops White Castle in St. Louis tourney
LAKE CHARLES – Despite numerous setbacks to start the 2009 prep basketball season, the Iota Lady Bulldogs have shown steady improvement since their opener nearly four weeks ago.
Two weeks ago, the Lady Dogs had one starter quit the team while another was lost to a season-ending knee injury. Since then, two more players have been sidelined due to injuries, leaving coach Stan Baggett with just 10 players on his roster.
“We are in an adjustment process right now,” said Baggett, whose team improved to 11-10 last weekend after going 2-2 in the Sam Houston Round Robin Tournament. “The girls are a little discouraged because of our record right now, but you have to keep it in perspective. I mean, our losses have come to some pretty good teams.
“We are having a tough time right now after losing a few players, but the kids’ attitudes are great and they’re trying real hard. We’re just adjusting to playing very small right now.”
Two of those losses occurred last weekend when the Lady Dogs fell to Class 5A’s Dutchtown (50-28) and Denham Springs (40-27).
“That’s two Top 10 teams in Class 5A that we lost to,” said Baggett.
The Lady Dogs did pick up two impressive victories in the tournament, topping Class 5A Sulphur, 53-43, in the opener before cruising past Class 1A White Castle, 73-40, in their final game.
Against Sulphur, Iota jumped out to a 26-16 advantage at the half before taking a 41-24 lead into the fourth quarter. Sulphur made a late run in the final frame, outscoring the Lady Dogs 19-12 to account for the final score.
The Lady Dogs went 19-for-22 from the free throw line in the victory.
Allison Baggett led Iota with 17 points while Tori Stroderd had 14. Katelyn Regan followed with nine points; Anna Lege had six; Dominiqua Thomas added four and Candace Sensat finished with three.
The Lady Dogs were on fire from outside the three-point line against White Castle, going 15-for-26 from long range in the victory.
Allison Baggett again led the way, hitting five 3-pointers to finish the night with 19 points. Stroderd and Lege each connected on four long balls, finishing with 18 and 14 points respectively.
Adalie Wriborg pitched in nine points. She was followed by Regan with eight points, Sensat with three and Thomas with two.
Iota will be in action again tonight when they travel to Welsh for the start of district play. That contest is slated for 6 o’clock.
Notre Dame also fared well in the Sam Houston Tournament, winning two of their three contests to improve to 10-3 on the year.
The Lady Pios defeated Jeanerette (63-52) and Hamilton Christian (67-58). Their lone tournament loss was to Northshore ( 64-38).
Celia Charles paced the Lady Pios, scoring 48 points in three games. Kylie Pannell followed with 27 points; Lexi Trosclair had 23; Marie Ledet and Alex Boulet each had 18; Mallory Chaisson had 12; Mary Charles and Emily Vidrine each had six and Katherine Parsley and Peyton Miller each had four.
The Lady Pios will take on Mamou Saturday at 5 p.m. in the opening round of the Midland Spectacular Tournament.