Iota's Lady Dogs fall short against Lafayette

LEROY – A cold-shooting spell proved costly for the Iota Lady Bulldogs Tuesday at the North Vermilion Lady Pats Shootout.

The Lady Dogs (1-1) fell behind 11-0 early in the first quarter and were never able to completely recover.

The result was a 55-47 loss to Class 5A Lafayette High in one of two semifinal matchups on the day.

“When you play such good athletes like that (Lafayette), you can’t fall behind 11-0,” said IHS coach Stan Baggett. “We just never could dig ourselves out of the hole. We cut the lead to five numerous times, but we just couldn’t get any closer.

“We cost ourselves the ballgame. They came out ready to play and we didn’t.”

Allison Baggett did her best to get Iota over the hump, scoring the Lady Dogs’ first 14 points of the contest to cut the Lady Lions’ lead to 21-14 midway through the second quarter.

Another basket by freshman McKenzie Armand got Iota within five before Lafayette took a 27-18 lead at the half.

The Lady Lions went up by as many as 13 (35-22) in the third quarter, but Baggett scored seven straight points to end the frame to keep the Lady Dogs within striking distance at 39-30.

Lafayette went back up by double digits for most of the fourth quarter until the final minute when Caroline Hebert drained a three-pointer and Baggett knocked down two free throws to cut the lead to 53-47.

The Lady Dogs then got a steal with 16 seconds left and had a wide open look at a 3-pointer but the shot was just off.

The Lady Lions converted on two more free throws in the final seconds to seal the victory.

“We got the steal we needed with about 20 seconds to go, but we just couldn’t knock down the shot,” said Baggett. “But that wasn’t the only bucket. We had plenty of opportunities. We missed a number of layups and we just had too many turnovers.”

Baggett carried much of the load, scoring a game-high 33 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter. Armand followed with five points while Adalie Wriborg and Hebert each had three. Madelyn LeJeune added two points and Dominiqua Thomas had one.

“We just weren’t ready to play and that’s what irks me so bad,” said Baggett. “I was disappointed, in myself as well. Obviously I didn’t do a good job of getting them ready to play.”

Teurlings Tournament

LAFAYETTE – An 11-0 run to start the second half propelled the Teurlings Rebels to a commanding 53-36 victory over Notre Dame Tuesday in the second round of the Teurlings Round Robin.

The Pios (1-1) actually led 10-8 at the end of the first quarter when Tre Milstead drained a 3-pointer just before the buzzer.

Milstead then hit a jumper to start the second quarter, giving Notre Dame a 12-8 advantage.

Teurlings responded, going on a 10-0 run over the next three minutes before taking a 22-17 advantage at the break.

Four straight Notre Dame turnovers to start the third quarter enabled Teurlings to extend their cushion to 33-17.

The Pios outscored the Rebels 15-12 in the fourth, but the early lead was too much to overcome.

Overall, the Pios committed 24 turnovers and went 14-for-24 from the free throw line.

Milstead and Jesse Smith led the Pios in scoring with 16 and 10 points, respectively. Charlie Mayeaux added seven points and Austin Bordelon finished with three.

Sacred Heart Tourney

VILLE PLATTE – The Iota Bulldogs split their first two games of the Sacred Heart of Ville Platte Tournament Monday.

Iota dropped a 40-35 decision to Pine Prairie in the opener, but rebounded in the second game to claim a 59-56 victory over Eunice.

Against Pine Prairie, Iota fell behind 36-18 after three quarters, but made it close by outscoring the Panthers 16-4 in the final frame.

Thomas Murrell paced Iota with 14 points and Luke Reed scored seven. Andrew Bellon added five, Steven Cooper scored three and Chance Benoit, Deandre Curtis and Triston Fontenot each finished with two.

Against Eunice, the Dogs led 27-26 at the half before outscoring the Bobcats 12-11 in the third quarter. Both teams scored 20 points in the fourth.

Josh Delome led a trio of Bulldogs in double figures with 18 points. Bellon and Benoit each scored 17.

Also contributing in the victory were Murrell with eight points, Reed with four, Kyle Smith with three and Cooper with four.

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