Iota's Lady Dogs slip past Pineville; Gents cruise past Sacred Heart
By Christ Quebedeaux
IOTA – Iota’s Lady Bulldogs got back on the winning track Tuesday, but head coach Stan Baggett wasn’t celebrating.
“We played really well in the first half and just decided that the game was over,” said Baggett, whose team built a 19-point halftime lead and then had to hang on for a 50-43 victory over 5A Pineville.
“We didn’t play after the first half. There was no intensity. The girls felt like the game was over at halftime and they played like it in the second half.”
The Lady Dogs, who snapped a two-game losing streak, jumped out to a 15-8 lead in the first quarter and increased their cushion to 35-16 at the break.
But the large lead didn’t last. Pineville rallied in the third quarter, outscoring Iota 16-5 to cut the lead to 40-32.
The visitors cut the lead further - to five - late in the game before a big 3-pointer by Allison Baggett and two free throws from Ana Lege gave the Lady Dogs some breathing room.
Tori Stroderd paced the Lady Dogs with 11 points. Baggett, Lege, Katie Latiola and Ashley Hargrave each added eight points and Jade LeJeune scored seven points to go along with 15 rebounds.
The Lady Dogs will be in action again Friday when they travel to Iowa to take on the Lady Yellow Jackets in a District 4-AAA contest.
In Ville Platte, the Crowley Gents made quick work of Sacred Heart, handing the Trojans a 78-28 non-district beatdown.
Dexter Scott and Jerrell Andrus combined for 17 points in the first quarter to help give the Gents a 24-6 advantage.
The Gents (16-9, 2-2) took a 39-17 cushion into the intermission before outscoring the Trojans 39-11 in the second half.
“Offensively, we were clicking tonight,” said CHS coach Derrick Boone. “But I was more impressed with our defense. That was what I was hoping to see. We changed some things up and used this game to work on that.”
Andrus paced the Gents with 17 points and Scott scored 14. Michael Harmon and Michael Milson also scored in double figures with 11 and 10 points respectively.
Also contributing in the victory were Therion Beverly and Keith Pierson with eight points each, Tevin Barker with six and Donavon Morris and Darrius Harrison with two each.
The CHS Ladies lost to Sacred Heart, 51-48, but details were not available at press time.