Pios pick up first victory; Lady Pios fall in tourney finals
LAFAYETTE – Jacob LeLeux poured in a game-high 13 points and helped Notre Dame end a 14-game skid as the Pios upended David Thibodeaux Magnet Academy, 56-20, Wednesday in the Chick-fil-A Round Robin hosted by Teurlings.
The victory was the Pios’ first of the season and ended a losing streak that dated back to the 2011 season where the Pios won just two games.
“It was great to get that first Pio win,” said ND coach Donald Adams. “Especially for the kids. Now they know that if they put together four good quarters like they did today, they are capable of winning.”
LeLeux was a driving force in the victory with his 13 point performance. He has led the Pios in each of their three games thus far as he had 13 points in a loss to Church Point earlier in the day.
“Jacob is playing extremely well for us,” said Adams, who is playing without the services of a number of players due to football. “He’s leading us in scoring, rebounds, assists steals.”
The Pios jumped out to an 11-4 lead in the opening quarter and had their highest offensive output in a single quarter in the second frame with an 18-point outburst.
Tre Milstead, the Pios lone returning starter, helped break open the game in the third quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers as the Pios went on a 15-3 run.
Notre Dame went on to outscore the Bulldogs 12-4 in the fourth quarter.
Milstead and John Duos followed LeLeux with 10 points each. Boedy Borill connected on two 3-pointers and finished with six points as did Darius Gibson and Brent Didier. Tyler Simar rounded out the Pios’ scoring with two points.
“This was a good win for us, especially with a long season ahead of us,” said Adams. “Hopefully it will give us some momentum heading into next week.”
The Pios return to action Monday when they play host to Ascension Episcopal.
Lady Pios fall short
NEW IBERIA – The Notre Dame Lady Pios rallied late but were unable to overcome an early deficit as they fell to Vermilion Catholic, 40-36, Wednesday afternoon in the finals of the Catholic of New Iberia Tournament.
“We made the game physical and we pushed the tempo but we had some lapses where we didn’t do what we were supposed to be doing,” said Notre Dame coach Nolan Theriot following the loss. “That was kind of the story of the ballgame.
“But I was very proud of our team’s effort. We took a lot of pride playing defense so I’m not disappointed.”
Theriot’s squad went on an 11-4 run to start the game but back-to-back three pointers to end the frame allowed VC to cut the lead to one (11-10).
Vermilion Catholic rallied to take a 20-19 lead at the break and then surged out to a 33-25 advantage at the end of the third quarter.
“They went on a little run there and we just weren’t able to answer,” said Theriot, whose squad was outscored 7-0 in the final two minutes of the third quarter.
The Lady Pios turned the ball over four times in less than a minute to start the fourth quarter and fell behind 39-28 midway through the frame.
Alex Miller and Hanna Esthay each drained a 3-pointer late in the fourth to cut into the lead but the Lady Pios were never able to regain the lead.
Miller led the Pios with 10 points and Sam Lyons had seven. Madelyn LeJeune followed with six points, Gabbie Romero added five, Liddy Rothermel and Esthay each had three and Elise LeBeouf rounded out the scoring with two.
St. Pauls tops Midland
LAKE CHARLES – Midland jumped out to an early lead but faltered late as St. Pauls outscored the Rebels 33-23 in the second half to slip away with a 54-49 victory at the St. Louis Tournament Wednesday.
Darren Arceneaux and Jake Gautreaux paced the Rebels with 16 and 14 points, respectively. Alan Vondenstein added eight points, Randy Primeau had two and Stephen Primeaux had one.