Lady Dogs ease past Bunkie

IOTA – With Iota coach Stan Baggett on the verge of getting career coaching victory No. 700, his Lady Bulldogs made him sweat it out - at least for a little while.

The Lady Dogs got off to a sluggish start and only scored five points in the first four 1/2 minutes of their District 5-2A showdown with Bunkie Friday evening.

“We had scored just five points in the first four minutes and 35 seconds,” said Baggett. “I looked at my assistant coach and said, why do they do this to me.”

Fortunately, Baggett’s worries were put to rest quickly after that.

The Lady Dogs added 11 more points to close out the quarter and outscored the visitors 27-2 in the second quarter en route to a dominating 74-32 victory.

“We were 2-for-12 in the first four minutes of the first quarter,” said Baggett. “I mean we couldn’t throw it in the ocean.

“But then we scored 11 quick points and just caught fire in the second quarter. Everything just started clicking. The shots just started falling and we had a lot of fast break opportunities that we converted on that we didn’t in the first quarter.”

Allison Baggett led the second-quarter onslaught, scoring 12 of her game-high 20 points in the frame.

Despite the insurmountable lead, the Lady Dogs didn’t let up much in the second half.

Dominiqua Thomas poured in seven of her 11 points in the third quarter as Iota went on to outscore Bunkie 18-6.

Bunkie had its highest offensive output in the fourth quarter and outscored the Lady Dogs’ reserves 15-13.

McKenzie Armand joined Baggett and Thomas in double figures with 10 points. Adalie Wriborg pitched in seven points; Anna Lege added six and Clarissa Waldrip scored five.

Also contributing in the victory were Mallory Faul and Jillian Boone with four points each, Taylor Deville with three and Madison Smith and Caroline Hebert with two each.

Oddly enough, even with the high point total, Iota knocked down just five 3-pointers on the night. That was well below their average of 10 from beyond the arch per game.

“We struggled from the outside tonight,” said Baggett. “But, we didn’t shoot it as much from long range tonight. We didn’t have to. Our defense took over and we ended up with a bunch of steals and layups.

The Lady Dogs took on Class 1A’s No. 7 North Central yesterday in a Hall of Fame game at Pine Prairie but results of that contest were not available at press time.

Iota returns to Pine Prairie on Tuesday to take on the Lady Panthers in another league showdown.

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