Northwest Lady Raiders upend Crowley

CROWLEY – Turnovers have been the key element all of the CHS Ladies defeats this season.

Friday was no different.

The Ladies committed 33 turnovers, most of which occurred in the first half, in a 60-35 loss to the visiting Northwest Lady Raiders in a pivotal District 4-AAA matchup.

“You can’t win a game when you have almost as many turnovers as you have points,” said CHS coach Alton Allen, whose squad fell to 15-8 on the season and 3-2 in league play with the loss.

The Ladies’ turnovers were only part of the problem against Northwest.

Crowley missed countless layups and also missed some critical free throws that could have put them right back in the game after a sluggish start in the first quarter.

The Ladies jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead three minutes into the game but were outscored 21-2 in the final five minutes of the first quarter.

Trailing 21-5, the Ladies reeled off five straight points to start the third quarter to cut the lead to 11 (21-10). But they also had five turnovers and missed two free throws and four layups during that span.

“If we cut down on the turnovers and we don’t miss layups and free throws, it’s not a 20-point game,” said Allen. “We missed a lot of opportunities tonight when we had a chance to close the gap.”

Despite the sloppy play, Crowley was still able to cut the lead to 29-16 heading into the intermission.

However, the miscues continued in the third quarter.

The Ladies committed four more turnovers and missed three shots under the goal in the first five minutes, enabling Northwest to go on a 10-2 run and eventually take a 43-23 lead into the fourth quarter.

“We had prepared for the press that they (Northwest) ran but we just weren’t able to handle it and we didn’t execute,” said Allen.

Northwest went on to outscore Crowley 17-12 in the fourth quarter.

Jessica Thomas led Northwest with a game-high 26 points. Crystal Leday was the only other Lady Raider in double figures with 12 points.

Kara Wilridge paced the Ladies with 19 points. She was followed by Mercedes Rogers with four points and Isis Broussard with three. Sara Woodard, Akela Dugar, Carlita George and Arlissa Byers each scored two and Tiara Dugar scored one.

“Now we’ve dug ourselves a deep hole,” said Allen. “We didn’t play one of our best games against them or Westlake. Tonight, they just played better than we did.

“Now, we have to go to Northwest and we have to go to Westlake. If we want to be a contender, we have to do what they did. They came in our house and won and now we have to find a way to go into theirs and win.

“We have two games left here and we have to take care of them and then go into other people’s house on the road and give ourselves a chance.”

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