Lady Pios claim Catholic High tourney title

NEW IBERIA – The Notre Dame Lady Pios closed out a long two-day stretch Tuesday evening with a 45-34 victory Teurlings Catholic in the championship game of the Catholic High of New Iberia Tournament.

The victory was the Lady Pios’ third of the day and fifth in the last two days.

“I saw a lot of good things out of this team in the last two days,” said Notre Dame coach Nolan Theriot, whose team has won the tournament three of the last five years. “Playing three games in one day, it’s almost like a summer league. To be able to go 5-0, I’m pleased.”

Theriot’s key to success on the weekend, and what he was most pleased with, was his team’s defense. Notre Dame gave up an average of 25 points per game in the tournament with Teurlings accounting for most of that in two games. The Lady Pios defeated the Lady Rebels in pool play Monday, 45-34, before the championship victory a day later.

“We did a lot of things defensively in the last two days,” said Theriot. “We went from full court 2-2-1 to full court 1-2-2 to three quarter court. We ran diamond and one full court, we did some box and one; we did a lot of stuff. And I thought we needed all of that because it’s more of a matter of attrition when you’re playing five games in two days.

“For a team that has really only had three or four practices, we played pretty well defensively.”

Notre Dame’s defense proved to be key in the championship game. The Lady Pios forced numerous turnovers early on and took a 22-12 advantage midway through the second quarter.

Teurlings battled back though, cutting the lead to 25-22 at the break and 34-30 heading into the final stanza.

Again, Notre Dame’s defense took over in the fourth quarter. The Lady Pios went on a 6-0 run to start the frame and limited the Lady Rebels to just four points in the final eight minutes.

In the fourth, the Lady Pios only hit two shots from the floor but closed out the game by hitting seven of their 11 free throw attempts.

“We had some kids step up and hit some key shots when the game was on the line,” said Theriot. “I can’t really point the finger at one player. Really all of the nine girls that got in did a great job.”

Taylor Simon, who had four of Notre Dame’s final 11 points, led all scorers with 19. Simon went 5-for 9 from the charity stripe in the finale and averaged over 10 points per game in the tournament.

“Taylor was getting after it,” said Theriot. “Really, 5-of-9 from the free throw line wasn’t great but overall, when you’re looking at a kid that doesn’t really come off the court much...she really got after it.”

Peyton Miller knocked down two 3-pointers and finished with nine points.

Lexie Trosclair pitched in six points, Mallory Chiasson added four, Alex Miller and Kylie Pannell had three each and Mary Charles had with one.

The Lady Pios advanced to the finals by defeating Hanson, 40-23, in the semifinals and Berwick, 61-13, in the quarterfinals.

Simon led the Lady Pios in both of those games as well with 10 and 15 points respectively.

Marie Ledet followed Simon with nine points against Hanson and Chiasson scored 13 against Berwick.

The Lady Pios will be in action again on Monday when they play host to Catholic of New Iberia at A.B. Dore gym. The jayvee game is slated for 5:15 p.m. with the varsity game to follow.

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