Lady Pios top Catholic High
By Chris Quebedeaux
NEW IBERIA – Just five days ago, Notre Dame’s Lady Pios defeated Catholic High of New Iberia, 71-18, in the consolation bracket of the Lady Panthers’ own tournament.
Monday, it was basically the same story.
The Lady Pios (4-1) ran their winning streak to four games with a 70-33 road thrashing of the Lady Panthers, again on CHS’ home court.
“We manned them up from the start and we were able to jump out on them,” said ND coach Nolan Theriot, whose team led 37-15 at the half. “We were able to force a lot of turnovers in the half-court. Just the half-court man, we got them to pick the ball up and just denied everybody. We either got a steal and a layup or we got a steal and we got fouled.”
Taylor Simon led the charge in the first quarter, scoring nine of her game-high 17 points in the opening frame to help give the Lady Pios a 20-7 advantage.
Simon and Celia Charles combined for 24 of the Lady Pios’ 37 points in the first half before playing sparingly in the final two quarters.
“We pressed to start the second half and then pulled back in a 2-3 zone the rest of the way,” said Theriot.
Notre Dame outscored Catholic High 33-18 in the final 16 minutes.
Charles followed Simon with 15 points while Mallory Chiasson drained two 3-pointers and finished the contest with eight points.
Mary Charles scored seven points; Alex Boulet and Marie Ledet each scored six and Taylor Gray scored five. Also contributing in the victory ere Peyton Miller with three points, Katherine Parsley with two and Caroline Stewart with one.
In tournament action last week, Notre Dame dropped its first game of the season, bowing to Westgate, 49-45.
“We were missing three girls to start the season, but we still played well,” said Theriot. “They (Westgate) just made a few more shots than us down the stretch.”
The Lady Pios followed that opening round loss with a 63-29 victory over West St. Mary and then beat New Iberia Senior High, 40-39, to advance to the consolation finals.
Notre Dame will be in action again today when they take on Kaplan in the opening round of the Lynette Viator Memorial Tournament in Delcambre.