Lady Dogs shock Lafayette

IOTA – The Iota Lady Bulldogs may have finally turned the corner.

The Lady Dogs, who have had their share of problems in the early season, pulled off a remarkable upset Monday, knocking off Class 5A’s Lafayette High Lady Lions, 47-41, in front of a packed house at IHS’ home gym.

The loss was only the third for the Lady Lions in 12 games.

“This was a huge, huge win for us,” said Baggett following the victory that sent his team to 12-10 on the year. “They (Lafayette) lacked intensity early on and we were able to build an early lead. I kept waiting for them to make their run because they are just physically talented, but we were able to fight them off and hold on.”

Iota clung to a 7-4 lead after the first quarter before exploding for 22 second quarter points to take a 29-19 lead at the break.

“We really played one of our best defensive games of the season tonight,” said Baggett. “To hold them to 19 points in the first half is something.

“We really had a great second quarter. We only had six turnovers at halftime and that was big because they got after us.”

Candace Sensat sparked the second quarter run, hitting three 3-pointers in the frame.

“Candace really caught fire in the second quarter,” said Baggett. “That was a pleasant, pleasant surprise.”

Lafayette trimmed the lead to 39-30 after the third quarter before cutting the advantage to five in the fourth quarter.

Dominiqua Thomas thwarted Lafayette’s rally attempt by draining a 3-pointer late in the final frame to push the lead back to eight.

Allison Baggett added two free thows with under a minute to play and Thomas hit a layup in transition seconds later to seal the victory.

Katelyn Regan followed Sensat with 10 points while Allison Baggett and Tori Stroderd each had eight. Thomas added five points, all in the fourth quarter, and Adlie Wriborg had two.

Iota opened district play last night at Welsh but results were not available at press time.

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