Notre Dame drops pair of league contests at Westlake

WESTLAKE – League play continued to be a struggle for Notre Dame Friday night.

The Lady Rams jumped out to a big first quarter lead and went on to win, 66-41. Westlake improved to 7-1 in District 4-3A, 18-6 overall, and has all but wrapped up the league title.

Notre Dame could never solve a trapping full court press and turned the ball over repeatedly on the way to a 20-7 first quarter deficit. Lady Pio Sam Lyons scored all seven points, but was forced to the bench with foul trouble and did not get on the board again until the final period. Lyons was the only ND scorer in double figures with 11 points.

The Lady Pios handed Westlake its only district loss in their first round meeting and threw a scare into the senior night crowd by battling back to within three at halftime when Westlake abandoned the press for a half court game.

Gabbie Romero started the rally with a 3-pointer from the right baseline two minutes into the second period. Katherine Kirsch followed with a putback off the offensive boards and Alex Miller drove the lane for a running jumper to cut the Westlake lead to 21-18.

After the Lady Rams answered with a pair of baskets, Marie Ledet drained a 3-pointer and Mary Charles took a pass inside from Mallory Chiasson as the half ended with Westlake ahead 28-25.

Westlake went back to the full court trap to start the second half and quickly extended the lead back to double figures. The Pios could manage just one third quarter field goal and three free throws to trail 45-30 after three quarters.

Notre Dame made just 8-of-20 free throws on the night to further complicate the effort. Ledet and Chiasson chipped in six points each with Kirsch and Liddy Rothermel scoring four points.

The Lady Pios fell to 4-4 in district play and 16-13 overall.

The task was equally as troublesome for the Notre Dame boys. Westlake scored the first six points of the game and took advantage of a size advantage and a quick defense to win 74-32.

Jermerrio Lollis scored 13 points to lead the Pios. Jay Stringfellow came in to hit a pair of fourth quarter three pointers and spark a brief rally. Tre Milstead scored four points, Luke Habetz chipped in with three and Christian Landry added a free throw.

Notre Dame closes out the season next week hosting Crowley on Tuesday and going on the road to South Beauregard on Friday.

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