Lady Dogs end Notre Dame win streak
MOSS BLUFF – It was a rivalry game that both teams had anticipated since the 2010 prep girls basketball season began nearly a month ago.
It was Notre Dame, riding a perfect 13-0 start, against perennial power Iota, two years removed from their Class AAA state title.
And it definitely lived up to its billing in the final day of the Sam Houston Tournament.
The two squads went back and forth for the first three quarters, exchanging leads six times, before the Lady Dogs outscored Notre Dame 19-6 in the fourth quarter to take a 55-42 victoy.
“This was a good win for us,” said Iota coach Stan Baggett, whose team is now 13-5 after falling to St. James in the tournament finale. “We were emotionally and physically drained going into that game, but we were able to hit some big shots and pull away late.”
The two teams entered the final quarter of play tied at 36-36 before Iota was able to go on a 7-0 run to start the frame.
Mary Charles drained a 3-pointer from the wing and Kylie Pannell hit one of two free throws to get the Lady Pios within three (43-40), but Adalie Wriborg canned a 3-pointer of her own to give the Lady Dogs a 46-40 advantage with just over two minutes to go.
With Notre Dame forced to foul, the Lady Dogs hit seven of their final 10 free throws to seal the victory.
“I think we started fouling a little early,” said Notre Dame coach Nolan Theriot, whose team defeated Parkway, 37-35, in their last tournament game to improve to 14-1. “It was a three-point game and then we gave up a big 3-pointer. We had some great looks from kids that can knock down the 3 but they just didn’t fall.”
Notre Dame led by as many as four points in the first quarter, led twice in the second quarter and once in the third.
But each time, Iota rallied.
Iota’s Allison Baggett gave the Lady Dogs’ the lead back every time. Her layup and foul shot following two free throws by Madison Meche in the first half erased Notre Dame’s four-point advantage. Baggett’s 3-pointer in the second quarter allowed Iota to reclaim the lead at 32-31 and her seven points in the third quarter led to the game being tied heading into the final stanza.
Baggett finished with a game-high 21 points.
“They had an answer and it was B-A-G-G-E-T-T,” said Theriot. “Every time they needed a bucket, she bailed them out. Hat’s off to her. She has a way of protecting the basketball and she’s a great player.”
Wriborg followed Baggett with 10 points, including a key 3-pointer and two free throws in the final frame.
Anna Lege scored eight points in the victory and Candace Sensat had seven.
Also contributing for the Lady Dogs was Meche with four points, Claire LeJeune with three and Caroline Hebert with two.
The Lady Pios were led by Charles and Pannell with nine points each. Lexie Trosclair had eight.
Taylor Simon, despite sitting much of the contest due to foul trouble, followed with five points; Alex Miller chipped in four, Marie Ledet added three and Peyton Miller and Mallory Chiasson each had two.