Lady Dogs struggle in loss to Fairview

By Chris Quebedeaux

SPORTS EDITOR

GRANT – Iota’s Lady Bulldogs put up a fight but in the end, Class B’s Fairview Lady Panthers were just too strong.

Fairview, which has won three of the last four Class B state titles, fought off a late Iota rally Tuesday, scoring 10 of the last 12 points to hold on for a 58-48 victory over the visiting Lady Dogs.

Iota fell to 17-6 with the loss while Fairview improved to 29-2.

“This was a really good game for us,” said Iota coach Stan Baggett. “The final score is a little deceiving due to some free throws and a cheap basket at the buzzer. Fairview is a very talented team and it was a good test for us in a hostile environment.”

The Lady Dogs trailed by six at the half (33-27) before cutting the lead to 48-44 at the end of the third quarter behind 3-pointers from Katie Latiola, Allison Baggett and Ashtyn Wriborg.

In the fourth, Iota had five chances to take the lead, but they squandered their scoring opportunities. The Lady Dogs trailed by one with three and a half minutes left before the Lady Panthers went on a 10-2 run to end the game.

Iota struggled from the floor during the contest, making just 20 of their 55 shots while also committing 24 turnovers.

“We are still in that Christmas mood of giving,” said Baggett of his team’s turnovers. “Last year it would have taken us four games to commit 24 turnovers. But, to have that many turnovers and to shoot as bad as we did and still play them down to the wire, that says a lot.”

Tori Stoderd led Iota with 11 points and Ashely Hargrave had 10.

Latiola and Jade LeJeune each added eight points; Allison Baggett pitched in six; Wriborg scored three and Ana Lege scored two.

Iota will be in action again tonight when they travel to New Iberia to take on NISH at 6 o’clock. They open District 4-AAA play Tuesday in Lake Charles against St. Louis.

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