Iowa upsets Lady Pios

CROWLEY – The Notre Dame Lady Pios dug themselves an early hole and never were able to recover Monday in a District 4-3A contest against Iowa at A.B. Dore gym.

The Lady Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 16-7 lead early in the second half and fended off a late rally to hold on for a surprising 45-39 victory over Class 3A’s No. 12 ranked Lady Pios.

The loss dropped the Lady Pios to 16-12 overall and 4-3 in league play. Iowa improved to 10-12 and 1-6.

Notre Dame made several runs during the contest, but the Lady Pios were never able to take a lead.

The Lady Pios trailed 18-15 at the half and 26-19 at the end of three quarters.

The Lady Pios got within three (27-24) on a 3-pointer from Alex Miller with 2:14 left in the third quarter but Iowa closed out the frame on a 5-2 run to push the lead to 32-26.

Trailing 40-36 with just under a minute to go, the Lady Pios missed a layup that would have cut the lead to two. After two Iowa free throws, Notre Dame committed a turnover that led to two more free throws that put the game out of reach.

In all, the Lady Yellow Jackets went 17-for-29 from the free throw line, connecting on nine of 14 freebies in the fourth quarter.

Marie Ledet paced the Lady Pios with 13 points in the loss. Katherine Kirsch followed with eight points; Alex Miller added seven; Gabbie Romero scored five; Liddy Rothermel had four and Sam Lyons had two.

Shaianne Anderson and Patricia Guillory led Iowa with 23 and 18 points, respectively.

In the nightcap, the Yellow Jackets walked away with a 47-26 victory.

The loss sent the Pios to 2-21 overall and 0-7 in league play. Iowa improved to 14-12 and 3-4.

Jaron Stansberry and Aaron Guillory led the Yellow Jackets with nine and eight points, respectively.

Notre Dame was paced by Jermerrio Lollis’ 15 points. Jacob Leleux pitched in four points and Tre Milstead had three. Christian Landry and Luke Habetz rounded out the Pios scoring with two points each.

Notre Dame returns to action Friday when they travel to Westlake. The girls varsity game is slated for 6 p.m. with the boys game to follow.

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