Lady Dogs slip past Kinder

IOTA – After defeating Oakdale (73-68) in overtime last week, Iota coach Stan Baggett was worried that a hangover effect might hamper his team heading into Tuesday’s home contest against Kinder.

And he was right.

The Lady Dogs (17-5, 3-0) struggled early on and even trailed by one at the half before rallying for a 44-32 victory over the visiting Lady Yellow Jackets.

“I think we were still in the afterglow of that big one (Oakdale game) on the road last week and I just don’t think we took Kinder seriously,” said Baggett. “We played a very ugly game tonight.”

Kinder slowed the pace of the game early on and trailed 10-9 after the first quarter. The Lady Jackets then outscored Iota 11-9 in the second frame to take a 20-19 advantage at the break.

“They spread the floor and they milked the clock in the first half,” said Baggett. “They would run their offense to 45 seconds before they’d even look at the goal. That took the ball out of our hands and that’s why we couldn’t score. They did a real good job of handling the ball in the first half.”

Another issue the Lady Dogs had was the fact that Kinder played a box-and-one defensively on Allison Baggett and they shadowed Anna Lege, Iota’s two leading scorers. Baggett had scored 38 against Oakdale and Lege had 17.

However, Candace Sensat picked up the slack.

Sensat poured in a season-high 18 points, connecting on six 3-pointers, to help lead the Lady Dogs’ rally in the second half.

“They decided to see if Candace could beat them and she hit six threes against them,” said Baggett of Sensat, who averages seven points a game. “She had a big game. Her shooting is what broke the game open.”

Sensat hit four of her six long balls in the second half, two in the third that helped Iota take a 35-26 lead.

Sensat added two more 3-pointers in the final eight minutes as the Lady Dogs outscored Kinder 9-6.

“Since we weren’t playing that well, we held the ball mostly in the fourth quarter,” said Baggett. “We ate 35 to 45 seconds off the clock and made them chase us.

“It was an ugly win. But thank God, it was a win because I tell you what, it wasn’t pretty in the first half.”

Sensat’s 18 points led all scorers on the night.

Lege followed with 11 points, including three 3-pointers, and Baggett scored nine.

Adalie Wriborg pitched in three points, Caroline Hebert added two and Madison Meche scored one.

Kiara Frank paced the Lady Jackets with 15 points.

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