Notre Dame sweeps Kaplan

CROWLEY – Tina Roy has been Kaplan’s savior all season long.

The South Carolina commitment played a pivotal role in the Lady Pirates’ big victory over Abbeville last week and sparked a rally against Erath that led to another win after sitting out the first half due to an ankle injury.

Friday however, Notre Dame held the star guard to just 26 points, 14 below her average. The rest of the Kaplan roster scored just 13 points as Notre Dame cruised to a surprising easy, 59-39, victory over the Lady Pirates at A.B. Dore gym.

“We just came out and got after them,” said Notre Dame coach Nolan Theriot, whose team improved to 22-3 overall and 4-1 in District 5-AAA play with the victory. “The 10 girls that got out there on the floor tonight really got after it.

“Defensively, we played great. Tina is a legit player and we held her to four points in the first quarter. That’s a kid that’s averaging 40 points a game. I think that says a lot about our kids.”

Notre Dame was also impressive on offense.

Taylor Simon and Kylie Pannell combined for 18 points in the first half to help propel the Lady Pios to a 29-15 lead at the break. Mary Charles and Alex Miller got in on the action with four points each and freshman Gabbie Romero came off the bench and drained a 3-pointer.

“We came out firing and we shot lights out tonight,” said Theriot. “I mean, we scored 29 points in the first half against a team that’s ranked No. 7 in the state.”

Notre Dame went cold from the floor to start the second half and Kaplan trimmed away at the lead but weren’t able to get it down to single digits.

“There was a lull there in the third quarter where they (Kaplan) did some good things and we didn’t really light it up,” said Theriot.

The last four minutes of the third quarter was a different story.

Mallory Chiasson sparked the Lady Pios with a big 3-pointer and went on to score all seven of her points in the frame as Notre Dame took a 46-26 advantage.

Roy scored 11 of her 26 points in the final eight minutes as each team scored 13 points in the fourth quarter.

Simon and Pannell led the Lady Pios with 18 and 11 points respectively. Charles, Miller and Sam Lyons each added six points, Romero scored three and Marie Ledet rounded out Notre Dame’s offensive output with two points.

“This was a big win,” said Theriot. “The way things are going with us, Abbeville and Kaplan all being tied (in district play), it was pretty crucial that we get a win. The girls worked really hard the last couple days, working on the gameplan and we were fortunate that we really didn’t have to change anything up. I thought they might have an answer to what we had and they really didn’t.”

Notre Dame’s boy’s team completed the sweep in dramatic fashion.

With the game tied at 55-55 and the clock winding down in the fourth quarter, the Pios missed a shot from the wing and there was a mad scramble for the loose ball.

Kane Thibodeaux came away with the ball and hit a shot with 3.7 seconds remaining.

After a series of timeouts by both teams, Kaplan got one more shot off but it fell short, giving the Pios a 57-55 victory.

Notre Dame took a 17-9 advantage after the first quarter and hit the first basket of the second frame before play was halted due to an injury on the floor.

A 15-minute break in action thwarted the Pios’ momentum and Kaplan went on a 21-8 run in the final six minutes to claim a 30-27 edge at the half.

Notre Dame stormed back in the third quarter, outscoring the Pirates 14-9 to take a 41-39 lead. Ricky Stoma scored eight of his team-high 15 points in the frame.

Thibodeaux scored six of his 12 points in the fourth quarter as well.

BJ Vidrine hit three 3-pointers in the first half and finished the night with 13 points. He was followed by Drew Trahan with five points. Jeremy Smith, Jacob Rogers, Stu Cook and Austin Bordelon each scored three points.

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