Lady Pios roll past Iowa; Yellow Jackets top Pioneers

IOWA – Playing on the road in District 4-3A is never easy and the Notre Dame Lady Pios found that out Friday evening.

Fortunately, the Lady Pios were able to overcome a slow start and 22 personal fouls to claim a 56-37 victory over the host Iowa Lady Yellow Jackets and, in the process, remain unbeaten in league play.

With the victory, the Lady Pios improved to 14-9 overall and 2-0 in the 4-3A standings heading into their home showdown with Westlake on Tuesday.

“You know, there are going to be times when you’re not playing your best and tonight was one of those times,” said ND coach Nolan Theriot following the contest. “And it wasn’t because of lack of preparation or lack of effort. We knew what we needed to do. I thought we were focused going into the game but we just never really got in sync.”

For most of the night, any way.

“There were spurts in the game that the girls really turned it on and we were able to separate ourselves from the other team,” said Theriot.

Notre Dame’s first spurt was sparked by Marie Ledet in the second quarter.

After struggling though the first quarter and taking a 12-7 lead, Ledet caught fire and connected on three 3-pointers in the second frame to help the Lady Pios build a 28-13 advantage at the half.

“Marie hit some big shots there in the second quarter,” said Theriot. “And defensively, I thought we did a really good job early in the second quarter.

“You know, the first quarter was really ugly. The 12 points we got, I’d have to go back on film to see because I don’t even know how we scored. So to have a spurt like we did in the second quarter was huge and it was ultimately the reason why we were able to pull away and get a 19-point win.”

Despite the Lady Pios’ surge before the half, Iowa was able to rally in the third quarter and cut the lead to eight with four minutes remaining in the period.

Notre Dame withstood the charge and outscored Iowa 8-4 to end the quarter to take a 44-31 advantage heading into the final frame.

“I remember seeing our lead go down, but we didn’t loose our composure,” said Theriot.

Notre Dame’s run at the end of the third quarter carried over to the fourth. Despite running time off the clock with a ball control offense, the Lady Pios outscored Iowa 12-6 to close out the contest.

“In the fourth, it was like enough is enough,” said Theriot. “If they want the basketball, they are going to have to come out and get it. Basically, the stipulation going into the fourth quarter was layups and free throws. Those were the only two things we were going to shoot. I thought we did a good job of ball control and we kept them off of their offense because we basically ran off a minute or so every time down the floor.”

Once again, the Lady Pios’ offensive output was spread out across the board.

Ledet and Alex Miller led the charge with 15 and 10 points, respectively.

Sam Lyons followed with seven points; Peyton Miller and Mary Charles each added six; Katherine Kirsch scored five; Mallory Chiasson had three and Annie Sarver and Gabbie Romero each had two.

Shaianna Anderson paced Iowa with 20 points and Patricia Guillory had 10.

“To be on the road, not playing your best, and win the game by 19 points...I’ll take it,” said Theriot.

In the nightcap, the Pios also struggled with foul trouble.

Only they weren’t able to overcome 26 fouls.

Iowa stroked 11 3-pointers, nine in the first half, and cruised to a dominating 79-35 victory over the visiting Pios.

Notre Dame committed six fouls in the first four minutes of the game and fell behind 24-3 when the frame was over thanks in part to five 3-pointers by Iowa’s Aaron Guillory.

Things didn’t get much better for the Pios in the second quarter.

Terence Hicks drained two more shots from beyond the arch and Gerald Marshal hit one as the Yellow Jackets took a 46-16 lead into the break.

The Yellow Jackets went on to outscore the Pios 33-19 over the final 16 minutes.

Jermerio Lollis led the Pios with 10 points and Austin Bordelon had eight.

Also scoring for the Pios were Christian Landry with five points; C.J. Hundley and Tre Milstead with three points each and Waylon Young, Charlie Mayeaux and Claiton Johnson with two points each.

Guillory paced the Yellow Jackets with 21 points. Marshall followed with 12 points and Hicks had 10.

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