Lady Dogs cruise past Midland; Rebels thump Iota
MIDLAND – The Midland Lady Rebels kept it close early but a 21-point third quarter helped propel the Iota Lady Bulldogs to a convincing 52-31 victory Tuesday evening.
That outburst was due large in part to Iota’s pressure defense.
“We started to press them a little bit and kind of took control,” said Iota coach Meghann LeJeune, whose squad improved to 8-5 with the victory. “That’s what really sealed it for us because we weren’t getting many looks for our shooters and we were forcing it into the post a little too much. I figured if we put some pressure on them we could force some turnovers and start running the floor.”
The Lady Dogs forced 19 turnovers on the night, the bulk of which occurred in the third quarter.
“We just weren’t doing the things that we needed to do as a group,” said Midland coach Joanna Tate, whose team fell to 12-6 with the loss. “They (Iota) just outplayed us.”
The Lady Dogs won the battle on the boards as well. They out rebounded the Lady Rebels 32-25.
“The offensive rebounds was pure want,” said Tate, whose team gave up 13 offensive boards. “They wanted the ball and they just went and got it.”
Defensively, the Lady Dogs held the hosts to just 19 points in the first three quarters before giving up 13 in the final frame.
“We were pretty solid on defense all around,” said LeJeune. “That’s something that we had kind of struggled with in the last couple of games but we put it all together tonight. We matched up with Midland well.”
Mallory Faul led the Lady Dogs with 13 points while Taylor DeVille and Brittany Johnson each scored nine.
Whitney Landry followed with seven points, Cambri St. Andre added four, Jillian Boone had four, Alexis St. Andre scored three and Madison Smith finished with two.
Kristen Breaux and Nicole Kraut paced the Lady Rebels with 13 and eight points, respectively. Brooke Comeaux pitched in five points while Macy Hoffpauir and Katie Woods each finished with three.
The boys game was the total opposite for Iota.
The Midland Rebels’ scrappy defense forced Iota into 24 turnovers on the night en route to a 60-27 victory over the visiting Bulldogs.
The Rebels got off to a quick start thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers by Jake Gautreaux. That sparked a 12-0 run to start the game and eventually gave the hosts an 18-6 advantage after the first quarter.
The Dogs remained within striking distance in the second quarter and trailed just 34-17 at the break.
That was as close as they would get, however.
Gautreaux poured in eight more points in the third quarter and the Rebels went on a 20-4 run to extend their cushion to 54-21.
Each team scored just six points in the final frame.
Gautreaux, who connected on four 3-pointers, led all scorers with 19 points. Randy Primeaux followed with 13 points to go along with a team-high seven steals.
Darren Arceneaux also had a big night. The senior foward scored 11 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. He also had five steals, four assists and one blocked shot.
Devin Gautreaux added seven points and Taatum Rubin pitched in six. Dagan Patin and Nick Primeaux rounded out the scoring with two points each.
Curtis Antoine led the Dogs with seven points while Steven Cooper had five and Luke Reed had four. Garrett Reppond followed with three points and Bray Latiolais and Chase Doucet each had two.