Notre Dame slips past Sam Houston

MOSS BLUFF – Notre Dame’s undefeated streak was put to the test Monday at Sam Houston High School.

The Lady Pios scored just 11 points in the first 16 minutes and trailed by four before exploding for 26 second-half points to take a 37-23 victory and improve to 11-0 on the season.

The defeat was the Lady Broncos’ first of the season in eight games.

The low-scoring affair was less than eventful in the first half when the Lady Pios took a 7-5 advantage after the first quarter.

However, Notre Dame went scoreless for the first seven minutes of the second quarter allowing Sam Houston to take a 15-7 advantage with under a minute to go in the half.

The Lady Pios finally got going, scoring on jump shots from Marie Ledet and Alex Miller in the final 40 seconds of the half to cut the lead to 15-11 at the break.

“They kind of stymied us a little bit in the first half and their size caused us some problems,” said Notre Dame coach Nolan Theriot following the contest. “But we did a good job defensively and that kind of kept us in the game.

“I think both teams struggled early because I think both teams played better defense than people really saw.”

Notre Dame’s offensive woes ended in the second half.

The Lady Pios opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer from Mallory Chiasson. Marie Ledet later knocked down a 3-pointer that tied the game at 21-21 and sparked an 11-1 run to give Notre Dame a 29-22 advantage.

“We hit the big 3-pointer to start the quarter and cut it to one and then Marie’s 3-pointer to tie it was huge,” said Theriot. “That kind of quieted them down and gave us the momentum.”

The Lady Pios spread the floor in the fourth quarter, killing two minutes off the clock before outscoring the Lady Bronco’s 8-1 in the final six minutes.

“We finally started knocking down shots in the second half,” said Theriot. “We adapted to their defense, started making some nice passes and just started executing better than we did in the first half. We made some adjustments, put some different people on the court in different situations and that was the key more than anything.”

The Lady Pios had seven players score on the night. Lexie Trosclair and Taylor Simon led the way with eight points each and Alex Miller had six.

Also contributing in the victory were Chiasson and Ledet with five points each, Mary Charles with three and Kylie Pannell with two.

The Lady Pios will be in action again tonight when they play host to Cecilia at 6 o’clock

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