Midland sweeps Centerville; Lady Dogs top North Vermilion
MIDLAND – The Midland Rebels found themselves in unfamiliar waters Tuesday.
A subpar shooting performance led to an early deficit for the Rebels in their home contest against former district rival Centerville.
Fortunately, Midland’s defense was able to pick up the slack, forcing 18 turnovers during the second and third quarters to trigger a 58-43 come-from-behind victory for the Rebels.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well tonight,” said Midland coach Todd Briley, whose shot just under 30 percent from the floor in the first half. “Early on, we had all kind of easy shots and we missed them. We just weren’t concentrating, I guess, and we couldn’t buy a bucket.
“But our (defensive) trap got a little tighter in the second quarter; we got a few more deflections and we were able to get some baskets in transition.”
Midland’s defense led the charge, enabling the Rebels to do what they do best - score in transition.
The Rebels (13-1) outscored Centerville 13-4 in the second quarter and 24-15 in third to take a commanding 48-32 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
“One thing I found that we are doing better is that we are getting out in the transition and running better and getting some easy stuff on the break,” said Briley. “That’s why we were able to score a few points tonight because we didn’t score much in the half court.”
Midland point guard Chase Vincent played a pivotal role in the transition game. Despite scoring just six points, Vincent dished out a season-high 15 assists on the night.
“Chase did a good job of seeing the floor tonight,” said Briley. “He created a lot of our offense by just looking guys off and hitting guys open up the floor for layups. That was one of the brightest spots of the night.”
Briley wasn’t all smiles after the victory, however.
After watching his team go on an 18-5 run to start the third quarter, the Rebels were outscored by Centerville, 21-16, over the final 10 minutes of the contest.
“The thing I’m most disgusted with is that we got a 20-point lead and then we come down and start shooting bad shots,” said Briley. “We worked the whole game to get us a nice little cushion and then we start doing really selfish things. Instead of playing the team concept of the game to extend that lead, we broke away from the thing that got us that lead.
“But, hey, it’s another win so I’m happy with that.”
Senior guard Andrew Hains paced the Rebels with a game-high 27 points. He scored 17 points in the second half and went a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line.
Jake Gautreaux followed with nine points while Vincent, Alan Vondenstein and Darren Arceneaux each added six points. Michael Primeaux and Cody Stutes rounded out the Rebels’ scoring attack with two points each.
In the first game of the night, the Midland Lady Rebels had little trouble with Centerville, coasting to a 62-14 victory over the Lady Bulldogs.
Kristen Breaux and Tori Craigen led the Lady Rebels with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Melody Hebert followed with eight points; Bethany LeJeune added seven; Nakia McZeal had six; Shelbi Monceaux had five; Elizabeth Istre and Haley Guidry each had four; Brooke Comeaux had three and Rhyan Breaux and Maci Premo each had two.
Iota Lady Dogs 57, N. Vermilion 44
IOTA – The effects of five games in five days took its toll on the Iota Lady Bulldogs last week as they went 4-1, winning three of four at the Sam Houston Tournament despite being physically drained.
And it looked as if the Lady Dogs hadn’t quite recovered from that rugged stretch as they fell behind, 19-13, to North Vermilion Tuesday night at Iota’s home gym.
But the Lady Dogs got their second wind in the third quarter and went on a 30-6 run in the first six minutes of the period before going on to defeat the Lady Patriots, 57-44.
Iota improved to 12-3 on the season with the victory.
“We came out very flat,” said Iota coach Stan Baggett following the victory. “We thought we were just going to come out and win easily. We just went through the motions in the first half. We just weren’t ready to play.”
North Vermilion took control of the game in the first quarter and jumped out to a 12-5 advantage before Iota cut the lead to 19-13 at the half.
The lead didn’t last long.
Iota came out on fire in the second half, hitting four of their first five 3-point attempts. Allison Baggett canned two long balls during that stretch while Anna Lege and Adalie Wriborg each hit one.
The Lady Dogs went on to outscore North Vermilion 30-6 before North Vermilion scored the final nine points of the frame to close the gap to 43-34.
“We had a nice little talk at halftime,” said Baggett. “We just came out with a lot of intensity in the second half and we decided to play.”
Iota closed the game out in the fourth quarter by outscoring North Vermilion 14-10.
Baggett led the Lady Dogs with a game-high 24 points, including four 3-pointers. Dominiqua Thomas followed with nine points and Lege had eight.
Also contributing in the victory were Caroline Hebert with five points, Wriborg with four, Mallory Faul with three and McKenzie Armond and Taylor Deville, each with two.
Iota returns to action this afternoon when they travel to Iowa to take on the Lady Yellow Jackets. The jayvee game is slated for 4 p.m. with the girls varsity game to follow.