Late surge lifts Lady Dogs past Midland
By Chris Quebedeaux
MIDLAND – It was the tale of two halves Monday for the Iota Lady Bulldogs in their non-district clash with Midland.
The Lady Dogs survived a poor shooting effort in the first half (4-of-27 from the floor) and then exploded for 40 points in the final two frames to take a 55-35 victory over the home-standing Lady Rebels.
With the victory, Iota climbed to 12-4. Midland fell to 14-8.
“We were just not focused in the first half,” Iota coach Stan Baggett said following the contest. “We just had no energy - we just kind of went through the motions.”
Iota scored just three points in the opening minute and trailed by as many as 11 before a Jade LeJeune jumper cut the lead to 14-5 at the end of the frame.
Iota rallied to climb within four at the half, 19-15.
However, the Lady Dogs regrouped during the intermission and came out firing in the second half, going 16-for-25 in the final two frames to outscore Midland 40-16.
“We picked up the intensity in the second half and just really got after them,” said Baggett. “We started to go to Jade (LeJeune) early and we picked it up defensively and got going.”
LeJeune had another big night for Iota. The 6-foot-1 junior center scored 20 points to go along with 17 rebounds and six blocks.
The performance came just two days after she posted a triple-double against Teurlings in the consolation finals of the St. Thomas More Tournament. In that game, LeJeune scored 26 points while also grabbing 15 rebounds and blocking 12 shots.
“We’re going to go as a team as long as we get good production from Jade inside,” said Baggett. “People are branching out on our shooters. We have five or six girls that can knock down threes and people are starting to spread us out.
“Jade can punish you inside and when she scores like this, it’s going to clear up things for us on the outside.”
Allyson Baggett followed LeJeune with 14 points and Ashley Hargrave had seven.
Also scoring for Iota were Katie Latiola with four points, Ashtyn Wriborg, Katelyn Regan and Tori Stroderd each with three and Ana Lege with one.
Hannah Rankin led Midland with 11 points and Sharae Primeaux scored 10.
Patricia Garrie added eight points, Courtney LeJeune scored two and Mollie Vincent score two.