Lady Dogs, Gents pick up league victories
IOTA – It wasn’t their best shooting performance of the season by any means.
In fact, it was probably one of their worst.
But in the end, 30 percent from the floor was more than enough for the Iota Lady Bulldogs in their District 5-2A contest against the Pine Prairie Lady Panthers.
The Lady Dogs went just 17-for-51 from the floor in the first three quarters, but still managed to grind out a convincing 68-24 victory over the Lady Panthers.
“We shot the ball bad tonight,” said Iota coach Stan Baggett following the victory that sent his team to 21-3 overall and 2-0 in league play. “After three quarters we were at 33 percent so we probably finished around 30 percent. That’s not good. You’re not going to beat many good teams shooting like that.”
The Lady Dogs managed 36 points in the first half, but most came from layups in transition.
The shots from the perimeter that normally fall for the Lady Dogs weren’t finding the bottom of the net and that was disturbing for Baggett.
“Our press was really clicking,” said Baggett. “Our defense is playing better right now than it has all season and that’s the key.
“The defense, the rebounding, the passing and the ball handling was very good...we just didn’t make shots.”
The fact that the Lady Dogs only hit six 3-pointers wasn’t much of an issue. The problem he had was the number of long balls his team put up.
“We went 6-for-24 from the 3-point line,” said Baggett. “That’s disappointing. We usually like to shoot over 30 (threes).
“Don’t get me wrong, I’m very pleased with our effort tonight. I would just like to see us shoot a little better.”
Allison Baggett did most of the damage for the Lady Dogs. The senior guard hit two 3-pointers and finished the night with 18 points. She also had a team-high eight assists and five blocked shots.
Dominiqua Thomas added 11 points, six steals and six rebounds and McKenzie Armond had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Anna Lege pitched in eight points; Caroline Hebert had six points and seven assists; Taylor Deveille also had six points and eight rebounds; Madison Smith scored four points; Brittany Johnson scored three and Adalie Wriborg rounded out the Lady Dogs scoring with two points.
Iota returns to action Tuesday when they travel to Oakdale to take on the Lady Warriors at 6 p.m.
South Beauregard 65
CROWLEY – Just over two weeks ago, Crowley High blew a 14-point lead and surrendered 45 second-half points in a 73-69 loss to South Beauregard in the Midland Holiday Spectacular.
On Friday, the Gents got another crack at the Golden Knights and this time they were up to the challenge.
The Gents jumped out to an early lead, fended off another late charge and held on to improve to 2-0 in District 4-3A play.
“Tonight, we got off to another quick start,” said CHS coach Derrick Boone, whose team also led 42-28 at the half in the two team’s first meeting. “Only this time, we kept attacking. That was the key. We were aggressive the entire game. We attacked the basket and did what we knew we could do.”
Danny Malbrough led a quartet of Gents in double figures with a season-high 25 points. He scored 11 in the first half, nine in the first quarter, and 14 in the fourth.
“The thing that’s so special about this team is that there’s not just one guy that you can key on,” said Boone. “We have a number of guys that can score 20 points on a given night.”
Friday, Malbrough was that guy.
“Danny came out focused,” said Boone.”I could tell by the way he was warming up hours before the game that he was focused. He shot the ball well, he drove to the goal and he also had to guard their toughest player so he got it done on both ends.”
Dorris Senegal followed with 17 points and Andre Mills had 15. Damon Malbrough, Danny’s twin brother, scored 14.
Also contributing in the victory were Dylan Montgomery with eight points, John Davis with two and Diquan Bennet with one.
The Gents will be in action again Tuesday when they travel to Jennings for a 7 p.m. league showdown with the Bulldogs.
LACASSINE – Alan Vondenstein scored 12 of his game-high 22 points in the first half to help lead Midland past Lacassine Friday evening in a District 7-B contest.
The Rebels (21-2) jumped out to a 16-4 lead in the first quarter and took a 30-13 cushion into the break.
Lacassine rallied in the second half and outscored the Rebels 22-17, but the first half deficit was too much to overcome.
Jake Gautreaux added 12 points for the Rebels, Andrew Hains had six and Chase Vincent had three. Darren Arceneaux and Michael Primeaux each scored two.
Midland will be in action again on Monday when they play host to ESA at 7 p.m.
Midland Lady Rebels 20
LACASSINE – Lacassine torched the nets for 46 points in the first half and coasted to a dominating victory over the Lady Rebels Friday evening in a District 7-B contest.
Midland was led by Laci Primo with seven points. Katie Woods, Bethany LeJeune, Tori Craigen, Kalli Benoit, and Nakia McZeal each had two points and Elizabeth Istre, Nicole Kraut and Rhyan Breaux each had one.
The Lady Rebels will entertain Sacred Heart on Monday at 6 p.m.
In other prep action the Crowley Ladies fell to South Beauregard, 53-38, and the Iota Bulldogs dropped a 70-61 decision to Pine Prairie.
Statistics from those games were not available at press time.