Prep Roundup: Gents, Lady Dogs and Lady Pios earn victories

IOWA – The Crowley Gents almost let a big one get away - again.

But unlike previous games when the Gents surged ahead early and then lost momentum - and games - late, Tuesday’s District 4-3A opener against the Iowa Yellow Jackets was different.

This time the Gents didn’t let another game slip away.

After blowing a nine-point lead (46-37) and finding themselves trailing by six points with just over a minute remaining, the Gents regained their composure and found a way to win.

First, free throws by Danny Malbrough and Dorris Senegal cut the lead to two points (60-58) and then Andre Mills provided the heroics by completing a dramatic three-point play as the Gents rallied for a last-second 61-60 victory over the Yellow Jackets.

Mills was fouled as he scored on a layup and he then went to the free throw line where he hit the game-winning point with four seconds remaining.

Iowa (11-9) had one last opportunity but, Senegal came away with a steal near midcourt to seal the victory.

“This was by far our biggest win, in more ways than one,” said CHS coach Derrick Boone, whose team improved to 7-11 overall and 1-0 in league play with the victory. “It was big for our confidence. Out of our 11 losses, at least six or seven of them we had total control early on and we lost it in the last few minutes of the game. This game was going that same direction but we fought back.

“This is a big confidence builder and for the district it’s huge. To beat Iowa in Iowa is a task in itself.”

Mills paced the Gents with 17 points while Senegal had 16. Danny Malbrough added 14 points, Dylan Montgomery had eight and Damon Malbrough finished with six.

The Gents will play host to South Beauregard on Friday.

Iota Lady Dogs 72

Bunkie 34

BUNKIE – The Iota Lady Dogs opened up District 5-2A play with a bang Tuesday as they cruised to a dominating road victory over Bunkie.

The Lady Dogs (20-3, 1-0) opened the contest on a 17-0 run before taking a 25-3 lead after the first quarter of play.

Iota added 16 more points before the half and took a commanding 41-9 lead at the break before outscoring the Lady Panthers 31-26 in the second half.

Allison Baggett led Iota’s offensive charge with 18 points and Anna Lege had 10.

Dominiqua Thomas and Taylor Deville each added eight points in the victory; Caroline Hebert and Madison Meche each scored seven; McKenzie Armond had five; Adalie Wriborg and Jillian Boone each had three; Emily Navarre had two and Paige Soirez finished with one.

The Lady Dogs return to league play Friday when they play host to Pine Prairie at 6 p.m.

Lady Pios 60

Jennings 39

CROWLEY – The Notre Dame Lady Pios’ held Jennings star Jayln Johnson in check most of the game and their offense did the rest as they opened up District 4-3A thrashing of the Lady Dogs.

Notre Dame improved to 13-9 overall and 1-0 in league play with the victory.

Marie Ledet and Mary Charles combined for 12 points in the first quarter as the Lady Pios jumped out to a 22-5 advantage.

The Lady Pios had a 14-0 run to start the second quarter and they took a 36-9 advantage at the intermission.

Johnson finally got on the board in the second half as she scored 15 points to help the Lady Dogs outscore Notre Dame 30-24.

Ledet led the Lady Pios with 16 points. Alex Miller and Sam Lyons also hit double figures with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Charles added seven points, Katherine Kirsch scored six, Mallory Chiasson had three and Annie Sarver rounded out the scoring with two.

Johnson paced the Lady Dogs with 15 points and Jules Crochet had nine.

Other games

In other boys’ prep action, Northside Christian defeated Ascension Episcopal, 49-40; Jennings beat Notre Dame, 59-48 and Bunkie defeated Iota, 81-31.

In girls’ action, Crowley edged Iowa, 61-52, and Gueydan defeated Northside Christian, 50-42.

Statistics from those games were not submitted as of press time.

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