Lady Tigers annihilate Lady Hounds by 62-40
By Mike Rizzuto
Sun Times Editor
It had been a long time since a Lake Arthur Lady Tiger basketball team had claimed a victory over a Welsh Lady Hound team in Welsh.
But that’s exactly what happened this past Tuesday, January 13, 2009, as the young, hustling team of Coach Becky Meaux made off with a surprising 62-40 blowout win over the Lady Hounds in District 5-2A competition.
“I’m so proud of these young ladies,” Meaux stated after the contest. “They really got after it tonight. Our defense, rebounding and team play were the keys to winning the contest.
“It’s always tough to beat Welsh on their own court. In fact, it’s tough to beat them anywhere. They are well-coached, fundamentally sound, and talented. But we were really focused on winning this contest.”
Lake Arthur tried to put as much pressure on Welsh star forward Lauren Pickle as they could, double-teaming her whenever possible in this initial district game for both squads.
“She’s an outstanding player, one of the best in the league” Meaux quipped. “She’s a good ball handler with a soft, effective shot that she can hit from just about anywhere. We felt we had to slow her down to have a chance to win.”
When asked when she thought the game was won, Meaux said, “I wasn’t relaxed until the final buzzer sounded. You can’t ever feel that you have Welsh beaten, since they can score quickly.”
Lake Arthur used a devastating 19-3 run in the first eight minutes of action, as sophomore guard Carly Hay knocked down a pair of three-pointers in the early going.
Teammate Keyontae Campbell, a sophomore center, used good offensive moves down low to pump in key buckets to also aid the Lady Tiger effort.
Both teams scored 18 points in the second period, as Welsh stormed back from their poor first quarter. But the Lady Tigers still took a commanding 37-21 into the dressing room at the break.
Hay added two more key three-pointers in the second period to pace the Lady Tigers.
Lake Arthur did not let up in the third stanza, as they won the stanza 13-12 to extend their lead to 17 points, 50-33, entering the fourth and final quarter.
The Lady Tigers were content to run some clock out in the final frame, putting the finishing touches on a 12-7 run to win by the final score of 62-40.
Hay and Campbell were the offensive stars on this evening for Lake Arthur, as each connected for 21 total points. Samantha LeJeune pumped in five for the Lady Tigers, while teammates Morgan Benoit, Kadie Bonin, and Devyn Trahan all contributed four tallies. Ashalun Brown supplied the final three markers of the night for Lake Arthur.
Kristen Gates led Welsh with 16 points, while teammate Pickle was held to just 15. Cassie Broussard and Jashanti Viney added seven and two points respectively to round out the Lady Hound scoring attack.
Hay hit on five three-pointers for Lake Arthur, which clicked on 24 field goals and was a respectable nine of 14 from the free throw line.
Welsh hit on just 16 field goals, four three pointers, and was four of six from the charity stripe.
With the hallmark win, the Lady Tigers improved to 4-12 overall on the season and 1-0 in District 5-2A play, while the Lady Hounds fell to 4-13 and 0-1 in the league.