Rebels, Lady Dogs victorious in showdown
By: Jeannine LeJeune
IOTA – It was an Acadia Parish showdown Tuesday night when the Midland Lady Rebels and Rebels traveled about 30 minutes north to Iota to take on the Bulldogs.
Midland will head to Pitkin Friday to take on the 2-12 Tigers. Iota’s teams, meanwhile, will each take on separate opponents. The boys team will host Sacred Heart (VP) Monday while the Lady Dogs will travel to Sam Houston for a tournament that begins Thursday.
MHS boys defeat Dogs
The Midland Rebels picked up win number 10 in dominating fashion with a 57-27 victory over the Iota Bulldogs.
The Rebels got off to a quick start, ending the first quarter up 16-2, which left Iota playing catch up for the remainder of the game.
Midland, now 10-5, controlled the game on both sides of the ball putting full court pressure on the Bulldogs defensively and keeping the game in their preferred rhythm offensively.
“We’ve been struggling offensively lately so we’ve been compensating with our defense,” said Rebels Coach Todd Briley. “We also hit our open shots last night so between the two our team has been gaining some confidence.”
The Rebels’ offensive charge was led by Allen Fontenot with 20 points, including 15 points from beyond the arch, and Jake Gautreaux, who had three 3’s of his own and 12 points total.
The Rebels had five other players put up points and may be getting another scoring presence back soon.
“We expect that play out of Allen, but Jake and Chase (Vincent) has been coming along and improving each game,” said Briley. “We also may be getting Michael Primeaux back in a couple of weeks and that will help us out as well.”
The Bulldogs, now 1-10, never seemed to find a rhythm on offense. Even after outscoring Midland in the third quarter, the Bulldogs were too far behind and could not find an answer for the Rebels pressure and attack.
Leading Iota in scoring were Colby Istre and Chance Benoit with nine points each. Rounding out the scorers were Briggs Brown with six and Andrew Bellon and Daniel Scott with two points each.
Early lead pushes Lady Dogs to win over MHS
The first game of the evening belonged to the ladies and led to the exact opposite result.
It was the Iota High Lady Bulldogs that controlled the game and cruised to a 70-33 victory.
“We were able to apply a lot of pressure and make the game fast-paced, which is what we love,” said Stan Baggett, Lady Dogs coach.
Iota boasted three members in double digits–Allison Baggett with 22, Anna Lege with 14 and Adalie Wriborg with 12. Other Lady Dogs with points were Candace Sensat, Dominiquia Thomas and Caroline Hebert.
For Iota, which now moves up to 11-3, the game not only showcased their willingness to attack on defense, but an increased amount of attacks to the basket. The Lady Dogs finished the game with 33 points from three-pointers and 30 points from two-pointers.
“We have a team that can shoot threes it leaves the inside open and helps open things up for us,” said Baggett.
The Lady Dogs held Midland to only 18 first half points and did not allow a double digit-scoring quarter all game.
“We shared the ball and had a lot of assists, which is nice to see,” said Baggett. “But defensively we need to improve. We need to work on getting rebounds and posting up.
The Lady Rebels, meanwhile, could not find any answers for Iota and fell to 2-13 on the season.
Leading the Lady Rebels in scoring were Hannah Fremeaux with 14 points. Morgan Clement, Katie Primeaux, Katie Woods and Skyler Dugas rounded out the Lady Rebels’ scorers.