Lady Pios cruise past Kaplan

CROWLEY – The Notre Dame Lady Pios closed out their 2009-10 regular season on a positive note Tuesday, cruising past the Kaplan Lady Pirates, 60-39.

The Lady Pios, seeking momentum heading into the state playoffs, finished the regular season with a record of 19-9. They finished 6-4 and fourth in league play.

“This was a huge win for us,” said ND coach Nolan Theriot, whose squad was riding a two-game losing streak heading into the contest. “It was not a make-or-break win as far as getting us into the playoffs, but I think it was necessary for us heading into the playoffs. It was good because it just reminded the kids that what we’re doing is the right thing.”

Notre Dame’s four district losses have been by three points or less in each game.

“We played tough in all of those games, but at some point, you have to win,” said Theriot. “I think the fact that we won and we won big, proved to the kids that they can be one of the top teams in the state.”

Kaplan won the previous meeting between the two teams, 45-42, behind a 26-point performance from Tina Roy.

Tuesday, the Lady Pios limited Roy to just two points in the first half and seven overall.

“We really got after them tonight,” said Theriot. “We put a fresh body on her (Roy) every couple of minutes and we were able to frustrate her.”

Depsite Roy’s low scoring output early in the game, the Lady Pirates were able to keep the game close, trailing 21-17 at the half.

But the second half belonged to the Lady Pios. Notre Dame outscored Kaplan 15-10 in the third quarter and 24-12 in the fourth.

“It was a race to 50 (points) and we got there first,” said Theriot. “Then we dictated what happened. We pulled the ball out and made them come play us man (to-man). Every time we got the rebound we took off running and by the fourth quarter, they were done.”

Notre Dame’s Taylor Simon led the Lady Pios’ charge, scoring 13 of her game-high 22 points in the final eight minutes.

Alex Boulet and Kylie Pannell each added 12 points in the victory and Lexi Trosclair scored eight. Celia and Mary Charles rounded out the scoring with three points each.

Reca Roy led Kaplan with nine points.

Kaplan was able to avoid the sweep with the Pirates taking a 57-43 victory over the Pioneers in the boys’ contest.

Kaplan led 39-37 after the third quarter and then pulled away by outscoring the Pios 18-6 in the final minutes.

Marc Constable scored nine of his game-high 27 points in the fourth quarter. O’ryan Rudd and Chris Campbell followed Constable with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

B.J. Vidrine, Taylor Thibodeaux and Morgan Allen each scored 10 points for Notre Dame. Kane Thibodeaux followed with seven points while Jackson Landry and Drew Trahan each had three.

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