Lady Dogs fall short in double overtime

LEROY – The Iota Lady Bulldogs had already hit one big bucket to tie the game and send it to overtime, but when they needed the ball to fall the most, the rim looked like it had a lid on it.
The Lady Dogs (1-3) went cold from the floor in two overtime periods, hitting just one of their 16 attempts in a heartbreaking 58-47 loss to Lafayette High in the semifinals of the North Vermilion Tournament.
“This was a heck of a game out there tonight,” said Iota coach Meghann LeJeune, whose team took on North Vermilion in the third-place game yesterday evening. “We had so many chances to seal it off there in overtime and we just couldn’t get the shots to fall.”
The Lady Dogs sent the game into overtime after a remarkable comeback in the second half.
The Lady Lions had taken a 24-15 lead at the break and they led by as many as 12 in the third quarter before Iota went on a 14-4 run to cut the advantage to three (31-29) heading into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Dogs then took their first lead since early in the game when Brittany Johnson drove the lane and hit a layup to give Iota a 37-36 edge with just over two minutes to play.
The Lady Lions answered with a pair of 3-pointers to regain the lead before Alexis St. Andre’s put back got the Lady Dogs within three at 42-39 with 45 seconds left.
Then, following a Lafayette turnover and a layup, Johnson came through again with a 3-pointer from the top of the key with five seconds remaining to tie the game and send it to the first overtime.
“We came out flat tonight in the first half,” said LeJeune. “If we would have come out with the same intensity that we played the last four minutes of regulation, we would not have been in the position that we were.
“We just have to figure out a way to put a whole game together. The first time we played them, we played a heck of a game in the first half and in this one, we played great in the second half; we just have to find a way to put it all together.”
In the first overtime, Whitney Landry hit a jumper in the land and connected on a free throw for Iota’s only three points of the period. Lafayette hit three of four free throws to send the game to double overtime.
In the second extra period, Iota missed eight shots from the floor and their only points came from St. Andre on a pair of free throws.
The Lady Lions, on the other hand, knocked down three shots and got seven points from the charity stripe to close the game out.
Jillian Boone scored nine of her team-high 17 points in the first quarter. She was followed by Johnson with 12 points and Landry with eight. St. Andre added six points and Mallory Faul finished with five.
Lafayette was led by Jada Duncantell and Stephanie Self with 16 and 11 points, respectively.
Lady Rebels 47
Barbe 39

LAFAYETTE – Tori Craigen scored six of her game-high 18 points in the fourth quarter to help lead the Midland Lady Rebels to a come-from-behind victory over Barbe in the St. Thomas More Tournament Tuesday.
The Lady Rebels trailed 28-26 entering the final quarter and went on to outscore Barbe 21-11 in the final eight minutes.
The Lady Rebels also connected on 12 of their 13 free throw attempts in the frame.
Craigen was followed by Bethany LeJeune with eight points while Brooke Comeaux and Macy Hoffpauir each had six. Katie Woods added five points and Nicole Kraut finished with four.
Iota Bulldogs 66
Sacred Heart 47

VILLE PLATTE – The Iota Bulldogs placed three players in double figures and cruised to a convincing victory over Sacred Heart of Ville Platte Tuesday.
Kyle Smith canned a pair of 3-pointers and had nine points in the first half to help Iota jump out to a 31-22 lead at the break.
The Dogs went on to outscore the Trojans 35-25 in the second half behind eight points from Curtis Antoine and seven from Bray Latiolais.
Smith and Antoine finished the night with 12 points each while Steven Cooper had 10.
Latiolais, Zack Hebert and Luke Reed each pitched in seven points, Triston Fontenot added four, Kade Hebert, Garrette Reppond and Deondre Curtis each scored two and Landon LeJeune finished with one.
Port Barre 64
Notre Dame 34

LAFAYETTE – Port Barre jumped out to a 33-19 advantage at the half and never looked back in a rout of Notre Dame Tuesday in the Teurlings Chic-fil-A Round Robin.
The Red Devils outscored the Pios 10-7 in the third quarter and put the game away with a 21-8 run in the final stanza.
Tre Milstead paced the Pios with nine points. Brice Brandon had seven; John Duos and Hunter Meche each pitched in four points; Claiton Johnson and Ethan Smith each added two and David Gonzales had one.

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