Midland wins league title; Lady Rebels fall
By Chris Quebedeaux
MIDLAND – Midland’s Rebels did something Tuesday they haven’t done in four years – they clinched an outright district championship.
Miles Sonnier scored 21 points and four other Rebels contributed double figures as Midland defeated Bell City, 69-36.
With the victory, Midland, (29-5, 9-0) clinched the District 7-B championship with one game remaining.
“Winning the district is big for us because we haven’t won it outright in a while,” said MHS coach Todd Briley. “The last time we won district outright was in 2005. This was a goal we set early on and it is a good feeling to see our kids achieve this. They put in the time and work so hard and I’m just proud of them.”
Catlyn Cormier made it tough on the No. 3-ranked Rebels early on. The standout guard hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points in the first half to keep the Bruins within striking distance at 30-18.
But a defensive switch in the second half shut Cormier down and sealed Bell City’s fate.
With Colby Gantt in foul trouble, Sonnier took over guarding Cormier and held him scoreless over the final 16 minutes.
“They key was shutting down the Cormier kid,” said Briley. “He gave us fits early on, but Miles shut him down in the second half.”
With Cormier on lockdown, the Bruins mustered just six points in the third quarter and trailed by 26 (50-24) entering the fourth quarter.
“We just gradually pulled away,” said Briley. “We had one big run and then, all of the sudden, it was over with real quick. It could have been a lot worse, but we kind of let off the gas.”
Midland went on to outscore the Bruins 19-12 in the final frame.
T.J. Gautreaux stepped up and had a season-high 14 points for the Rebels.
“T.J. is starting to come around offensively and that’s a good thing for us,” said Briley. “He’s being more aggressive and gaining more confidence on offense.”
Gantt scored eight points in the second half to finish the game with 12 points while Allen Fontenot and B.J. Cormier each scored 10. Andrew Hains rounded out the Rebels’ scoring with two points.
The Rebels close out the regular season Friday when they play host to Lacassine.
In the girls’ game, the Lady Rebels combined for just five points in the second and third quarters before eventually falling to the Lady Bruins, 31-24.
The loss, Midland’s third straight, dropped the Lady Rebels to 21-14 overall and 3-4 in league play.
Midland trailed 8-6 after the first quarter and was outscored 6-2 in the second to fall behind 14-8 at the break.
The shooting woes continued in the second half. Patricia Garrie made Midland’s only shot of the third quarter and also added a free throw.
Midland outscored Bell City 13-11 in the fourth, but it was too little to late for the Lady Rebels.
Garrie and Sharae Primeaux led the Lady Rebels with seven points each. Ramsey Falcon and Carisa Richard each pitched in four points and Mollie Vincent scored two.
The Lady Rebels host Lacassine Friday at 6 p.m.