Lady Pios upend Port Barre to end skid
PORT BARRE – It wasn’t for a district title and it wasn’t going to determine if they were going to make the playoffs, but the Notre Dame Lady Pios’ showdown with Port Barre Thursday was a big one nonetheless.
The Lady Pios entered the contest on a four-game losing streak and they were in dire need of a victory.
“I told the girls before the game that if they wanted to give me a Christmas present, all I wanted was to see smiles in the locker room after the game,” said Notre Dame coach Nolan Theriot. “We’ve been so close in our losses. We had a good Westgate team on the ropes, had the lead and didn’t finish. We had a good Winnfield team on the ropes, had an 11-point lead and didn’t finish. We battled and were beating No. 2 West Monroe by five and we lost by two.
“We needed this one.”
And they got it.
The Lady Pios took a 33-23 lead at the half and then fended off a late rally to claim a 53-40 victory and put an end to their preholiday woes.
“This was a big win for us,” said Theriot, whose squad improved to 9-6. “It was huge for us to come out here on the road and get a win.
“I thought we were in control of the game the whole night. Even when they made a run right there at the end, we never really lost control.”
The Lady Pios took an early 14-12 lead behind seven first quarter points from Alex Miller and four from Sam Lyons and then went on to take a 32-23 advantage at the break.
Miller added for more quick points in the third quarter and the Lady Pios took their biggest lead of the night at 41-27 with just over five minutes to go in the frame.
And then they went cold.
Port Barre went on a 7-0 run over the next four minutes and cut the lead to 41-34 with a minute left in the third.
But when Notre Dame need a little extra, they got it from senior guard Mallory Chiasson, who ended the scoring drought with a 3-pointer to end the quarter.
“That was a huge bucket from Mal,” said Theriot. “It really gave us a spark. If we don’t get that, things might be different. The girls kind of fed off that and it enabled us to close out the game.”
The Lady Pios slowed the pace in the fourth quarter and ran clock time in the final minutes.
Miller led all scorers on the night with 15 points. She was followed by Chiasson with nine points and Marie Ledet with seven.
Lyons pitched in six points, Peyton Miller added five and Hannah Esthay had four. Katherine Kirsch and Gabbie Romero each scored three points and Brittany Domingue had one.
“Port Barre is real athletic and they did some good things tonight,” said Theriot. “That team is going to win some ballgames this year so that was a pretty good victory for us.”
Port Barre was able to avoid a sweep as the Devils cruised to a 58-35 victory over the Pios in the boys’ game.
Notre Dame struggled offensively in the first quarter, missing countless shots while turning the ball over 14 times as the Devils staked a 37-11 lead at the intermission.
The Pios had a little more success in the second half. Waylon Young hit a 3-pointer and scored six of his seven points in the third quarter to help Notre Dame trim the lead to 48-26.
The shooting woes returned in the fourth quarter as the Pios mustered just nine points in the final eight minutes.
Jesse Smith led the Pios with 12 points, including three 3-pointers. Young followed with seven points and C.J. Hundley had five.
Also contributing offensively for the Pios were Tre Milstead with four points and Austin Bordelon with three. Bryce Brandon and Charlie Mayeaux each scored two.
MHS 69, N. Vermilion 34
LEROY – The Midland Rebels jumped out to a 30-15 lead at the half and never looked back in their 69-34 victory over North Vermilion Thursday.
Alan Vondenstein did most of the damage, pouring in 14 points in the first half en route to a season-high 23 point performance.
Darren Arceneaux also had a big night with 15 points and Andrew Hains added 11. Michael Primeaux, Stephen Primeaux and Traven Guidry each scored four points, Chase Vincent and Jake Gautreaux each had three and Devin Gautreaux finished with two.
In the opener, the Midland Lady Rebels dropped a 43-40 decision to the Lady Patriots.
Melody Hebert led the Lady Rebels with 14 points. Bethany LeJeune and Haley Guidry followed with eight and seven points, respectively. Maci Premo and Tori Craigen each added three points, Kalli Benoit and Nakia McZeal each had two and Nicole Kraut finished with one.