Lady Patriots slip past Lady Pios

CROWLEY – After rallying from a seven-point deficit late in the fourth quarter last Friday to defeat Abbeville, Notrre Dame’s Lady Pios looked as if they were going to pull off another fourth-quarter comeback Tuesday against North Vermilion.

The Lady Pios trailed by as many as 16 in the contest before taking a one-point advantage with under a minute to play against the visiting Lady Patriots.

But two free throws by North Vermilion’s Precious Lollis with 30 seconds remaining spoiled the Lady Pios’ hopes and allowed the Lady Patriots to slip away with a 55-54 victory.

The loss dropped the Lady Pios to 16-6 overall and 3-1 in District 5-3A play. North Vermilion improved to 16-6 and 2-2.

“You really can’t be anymore impressed with the effort our girls gave tonight,” said ND coach Nolan Theriot, whose squad outscored North Vermilion 35-21 in the second half. “We did a better job of attacking the zone in the second half where we were a little tentative in the first half. In the first half, everything went against us and the second half, everything went for us. ”

Notre Dame trailed 34-19 at the break before cutting the advantage to 11 (46-35) at the end of the third quarter.

The Lady Pios outscored North Vermilion 19-9 in the final eight minutes, but they were hindered by subpar free throw shooting, hitting just five of their last 12 attempts from the charity stripe. They were just nine of 24 on the night.

“It was killing us to try and take the lead. And then when we took it, we couldn’t finish,” said Theriot. “We missed seven free throws in the fourth quarter. You’ve got to be able to hit those.”

Despite the woes at the free throw line, Notre Dame’s defense caused havoc in the fourth quarter. Alex Boulet led the charge in the final frame, holding North Vermilion standout Courtney Chargeis scoreless in the final eight minutes. Chargeis led the Lady Patriots with 16 points.

“I don’t know who No. 3 (Boulet) is, but her man-to-man defense, for her size, she’s quick and she gave us problems,” said North Vermilion coach Phillip Freeman. “She pretty much took away the lanes and did a good job of keeping her (Chargeis) out of the paint.”

Boulet was also a force offensively, especially down the stretch. The senior guard scored six of her 10 points in the final minutes of the contest and had a shot at the game-winner as time expired but it rimmed out.

Celia Charles also scored six points in the fourth quarter and finished the night with a game-high 21 points.

Lexi Trosclair followed Charles and Boulet with 11 points while Taylor Simon had eight. Kylie Pannell chipped in three points and Mallory Chaisson had one.

Kate Faulk had 14 points for North Vermilion and Morgan Breaux had 11.

“This was just a great high school game,” said Theriot. “The fans definitely got their monies worth tonight.”

In the nightcap, the Pios avoided a clean sweep by defeating North Vermilion, 59-44.

It was the Pios’ first win since Dec. 8, 2009.

“It feels good to finally get one (win),” said Notre Dame coach Raymond Griffin, whose team improved to 4-14 overall and 1-1 in District 5-3A play with the victory. “All the credit goes to our kids. They played real hard. We rebounded and didn’t turn the ball over as much tonight. You do those things and you’re going to be in the game no matter what.”

The Pios jumped out to a 28-21 advantage at the half before outscoring the Patriots 31-21 in the final 16 minutes.

Taylor Thibodeaux paced the Pios with 20 points while Morgan Allen had 11.

Kane Thibodeaux and Will Faulk each added nine points, Stu Cook and C.J. Hundley each had three and B.J. Vidrine and Jeremy Smith each finished with two.

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