Lady Pios top Crowley to end skid; Gents cruise past Pios
CROWLEY – After averaging just 36 points over the last two weeks and dropping four of their last five league games, the Lady Pios were in desperate need of a breakout performance.
That’s exactly what they got Tuesday evening.
The Lady Pios’ offensive woes ended - and so did their three-game slide - when they hit 22 of 49 shots from the floor, including a 10-for-20 performance from the 3-point line, in a dominating 70-35 victory over the visiting Crowley Ladies.
“We shot the ball extremely well tonight,” said Notre Dame coach Nolan Theriot, whose squad improved to 17-13 overall and 5-4 in District 4-3A. “We moved the ball around extremely well and got everyone involved. It seemed like we took shots in rhythm, which we haven’t been doing much of lately.
“We haven’t shot the ball this well since we beat Westlake here three weeks ago. We’ve been in a little slump, but I think the kids now have found a little niche and they’re seeing the open man.”
The Lady Pios’ 3-point shooting paved the way as they knocked down six shots from beyond the arch in the first half in building a 43-20 advantage.
“They (Notre Dame) didn’t miss many shots tonight,” said CHS coach Alton Allen, whose team fell to 14-11 and 4-5. “They were throwing them up from everywhere and they were going in. It was just one of those nights.”
The scene was a familiar one for the Ladies.
“We’ve been behind before,” said Allen, “but tonight, we dug ourselves a deep hole. And then we started getting a little frustrated and started doing some things we don’t normally do.”
One of those uncharacteristic things for the Ladies was the fact that leading scorer Mercedes Rogers, despite having an obvious size advantage in the paint, played more on the perimeter for the majority of the night.
“Instead of going inside, Mercedes was taking a lot of shots from outside,” said Allen. “She was getting frustrated. She kind of got banged a little bit and felt she should have gotten the foul call and she didn’t, so she shied away from going in.”
The Lady Pios limited Rogers to just six points on the night, one of her lowest point totals of the year.
“I thought we did a really good job of putting a body on people,” said Theriot. “We were very active on her (Rogers) and she never really got going. She’s a very good player, but we did a great job of not letting her get into a rhythm.”
Notre Dame had little trouble with rhythm and it showed when Alex Miller drilled a 3-pointer from near halfcourt at the buzzer in the third quarter to give the Lady Pios a 56-30 lead.
“I think Alex’s shot from the timeline showed just how unconscious we were at that point,” said Theriot.
The Lady Pios were also near perfect from the free throw line, connecting on 16 of 17 from the stripe.
In all, the Lady Pios had three players score in double figures. Sam Lyons led the way with 19 points; Marie Ledet had 16 and Miller had 11.
Also contributing in the victory were Mary Charles with seven points; Mallory Chiasson and Katherine Kirsch, six each; Gabbie Romero, three and Liddy Rothermel with two.
Crowley was led by Tiara Dugar and Sara Woodard with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Rogers added six points; Raven Ardoin had four and Teara Breaux scored two.
In the nightcap, it was a different story for the hosts.
The Pios trailed by just three in the first quarter of the boys’ game, but the Gents pulled away from there and cruised to a 61-33 victory.
The victory, coupled with a Westlake loss on Tuesday, gave the Gents (14-12, 8-1) their third straight district championship.
Notre Dame fell to 2-23 and 0-9 with the loss.
Andre Mills, Damon Malbrough and Danny Malbrough paced the Gents with 12 points each. Dorris Senegal followed with 10 points; Dylan Montgomery added six; Diquan Bennet had four; Charles Onezine had three and Jesse Harmon had two.
Jermerrio Lollis had 12 points for the Pios. Tre Milstead added eight points, Waylon Young scored five and Luke Habetz had four. Jacob LeLeux and Claiton Johnson each had two points.
Notre Dame will travel to South Beauregard Friday while Crowley hosts Westlake .