Lady Pios, Gents fall short

DELCAMBRE - The adage ‘it’s not how you start, but how you finish’ could easily be applied to the Notre Dame Lady Pios in their tournament game against Vermilion Catholic Thursday.

Playing in the second round of Delcambre’s Lynette Viator Memorial Tournament, the Lady Pios (5-1) opened the game with a 3-pointer from Mallory Chiasson and a steal and layup by Marie Ledet to take a quick 5-0 lead.

Unfortunately, the early momentum didn’t hold up.

The Lady Eagles rebounded from the early deficit and went on to claim a 41-37 victory over the Lady Pios.

“We got off to a good start in the first quarter and it looked as if it was going to be a dominating night,” said Notre Dame coach Nolan Theriot, whose squad defeated Vermilion Catholic 35-28 a week earlier in the Catholic of New Iberia tournament.

“It looked like, from one week to the next, that we were a little bit more prepared for this team. But it just wasn’t our night.”

Notre Dame’s 5-0 lead occurred in the first 30 seconds of the opening frame. In the final seven and a half minutes, the Lady Pios were only able to muster one more basket, a 3-pointer from Peyton Miller.

“We kind of stalled at eight points at the end of the first quarter,” said Theriot. “We got to five within the first 30 seconds and we end up scoring three the rest of the quarter. For us, a team that typically gets up and down the court a lot...you’re either getting locked down defensively or they had the ball most of the time and I think a little bit of that happened on both sides.”

Despite the sluggish offensive production, the Lady Pios still managed to take an 8-6 lead into the second quarter.

That lead didn’t last long, though.

Vermilion Catholic battled back to grab an 18-15 halftime edge.

Notre Dame’s Liddy Rothermel, Marie Ledet and Peyton Miller each knocked down 3-pointers in the third quarter as the Lady Pios cut the lead to 30-28 heading into the final frame.

And Alex Miller and Ledet each hit two long balls in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Eagles nailed seven of their eight free throw attempts in the final eight minutes to hold off the Lady Pios’ late charge.

“We were right there, we just couldn’t get over the hump,” said Theriot of the second half. “If we got a good stop, we either didn’t get the rebound or we bailed them out and put them on the (free throw) line.

“We just had some letdowns. In a close ballgame, the stats that glare out to me are the 22 turnovers. And we didn’t shoot exceptionally well inside the arch. Now, we hit 7-of-12 from beyond the arch and you’re pretty much expecting to win when you shoot the three like that. But a lot of our stuff was one and done under the basket or we were getting our shots blocked.”

Notre Dame was led by Ledet with 10 points. Sam Lyons and Chiasson each pitched in seven points and Peyton Miller scored six. Rothermel and Alex Miller each added three points and Katherine Kirsch finished with one.

The Lady Pios return to action Monday when they travel to Lafayette to take on Lafayette High at 6 p.m.

Comeaux 75

Crowley 46

LAFAYETTE – Despite an early barrage of seven 3-pointers, the Crowley Gents were able to stay within striking distance of Comeaux in the first half of the Gents’ opening game of the Lafayette High Tournament Thursday.

However, the third quarter proved to be the Gents’ breaking point.

Behind 12 points from forward Julian Thomas, Comeaux went on a 25-10 run to start the second half and cruised to a dominating 75-46 victory over the Gents.

“They got up on us quick but the game was manageable at the half,” said CHS coach Derrick Boone, whose team fell to 1-3 with the loss. “But in the third quarter, the big man (Thomas) really did it to us. We dug ourselves into a deep hole and just couldn’t get out.”

Comeaux took a 23-11 lead in the first quarter thanks to three 3-pointers from Paul Derouen and two from Hayward Register.

Andre Mills kept the game from getting out of hand in the second quarter by knocking down three long balls of his own. He scored 11 of his 22 points in the frame as the Gents trailed 41-27 at the break.

Thomas gave the Gents fits in the paint the entire third quarter, hitting four layups, most of which he was fouled on, and knocking down five free throws.

The Spartans slowed the tempo in the final frame by running a stall offense that ate most of the quarter away. However, Crowley was able to outscore Comeaux, 9-7, over the final eight minutes.

“Comeaux is a really good ballclub,” said Boone. “I think we could have been a little bit more competitive but every team has those moments where not everyone performs well.

“But I saw some good things out of it. Our turnover ratio was down and our free throw shooting was a lot better tonight.”

Mills led the Gents with 22 points.

“Andre really came out and was aggressive,” said Boone. “And that’s what I’ve been trying to get out of him all along.

“I wasn’t upset with any of the guys though because I know every game they give their full effort. It was just one of those games that the other team was on and we weren’t.”

Damon Malbrough ollowed Mills with six points, John Davis added five, Marcus Williams and Diquan Bennet each score four, Danny Malbrough had three and Dorris Senegal finished with two.

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