Notre Dame Lady Pios rout Erath in 5-AAA opener

ERATH – Notre Dame’s Lady Pios opened District 5-AAA play in dominant fashion Friday, cruising to a 52-17 victory over Erath on the Lady Bobcats’ home court.

The Lady Pios improved to 19-2 overall and 1-0 in league play with the victory. Erath fell to 8-10 and 0-1.

“It’s always good to start off (district) with a win,” said Notre Dame coach Nolan Theriot after the victory. “In my opinion, every game is tough and every team is going to fight us hard.

“I don’t think they (Erath) had a great night tonight. I think we intimidated them a little bit with our pressure tonight, but I expect them to come back and give us a better fight in the second half of district.”

Notre Dame’s pressure was nearly unbearable for Erath, especially in the first half. The Lady Pios forced well over 20 turnovers in the first 16 minutes and gave up just six points. However, offensively, the Lady Pios only managed 22 points.

“Early on, I don’t think we were mentally ready to play,” said Theriot. “Maybe it was nerves, I don’t know. But we didn’t shoot real well in the first half.”

The second half was a different story.

Notre Dame forced 15 turnovers in the third quarter and this time, they made Erath pay. Taylor Simon scored eight points and Alex Miller added six in transition as the Lady Pios went on a 21-2 run to take a commanding 43-8 advantage.

“We really executed well in the third quarter,” said Theriot. “They came out and played us man and we executed our sets to a T. We switched to a different press and it led to a bunch of easy baskets.”

Notre Dame held Erath to single digits until the 5:55 mark of the fourth quarter when Alaina Harrington hit two free throws to cut the lead to 45-10. The Lady Bobcats hit just five shots from the floor on the night, scoring seven points from the free-throw line.

Megan Norris led Erath with six points and Harrington scored five.

Simon led the way for Notre Dame, scoring all 10 of her points in the second half. Lexie Trosclair and Sam Lyons each pitched in eight points, Alex Miller added seven and Mallory Chiasson and Kylie Pannell each had five.

Also contributing in the victory were Gabbie Romero with four points, Peyton Miller with three and Mary Charles with one.

Despite the large margin of victory, Notre Dame did not shoot the ball very well with most of their points coming on layups.

“I was pleased with our effort tonight,” said Theriot. “Our thing is forcing turnovers and making layups. We shot the ball phenomenally yesterday in practice. Today, everything that was open, we missed. Hopefully we got that out of our system and hopefully Tuesday we’ll get after it.”

The Lady Pios will play host to Rayne Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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