Lady Dogs run past Iowa in district opener
IOTA – The Iota Lady Bulldogs were on fire in the first half of their District 4-3A opener against Iowa.
The Lady Dogs racked up 30 points in the first half and held the Lady Yellow Jackets to just 12 in what looked to be a blowout.
Iowa, however, had other ideas.
The Lady Jackets exploded for 34 points in the second half and got within eight late in the contest before Iota was able to slip away with a 57-46 victory.
“I really have no complaints about the way we played in the first half,” said Iota coach Meghann LeJeune, whose team improved to 12-8 overall and 1-0 in league play with the victory. “They (Iowa) played a defense that we haven’t really seen much this year and we handled it well. But in the second half, it seemed like we just got comfortable. We just stopped attacking like we did in the first half and then we were taking decent shots but we couldn’t get much to fall.”
In the first half, Iowa took a 7-6 lead midway through the first quarter.
That was all the Lady Jackets would muster in the frame.
LeJeune went to a full court press that stymied the Lady Jackets and led to a 12-0 run to end the quarter.
That defense continued to give the Lady Jackets problems in the second quarter when they scored just five points.
“When I put the subs in to press, I thought we really got going,” said LeJeune. “We were converting and we started to pull away.”
The Lady Jackets outscored Iota 18-13 in the third quarter behind nine points from guard Bailey Richard.
Brittany Johnson answered with seven of her game-high 24 points in the frame to help the Lady Dogs stake a 43-30 cushion heading into the fourth quarter.
Tiny Charlot led a late charge by the Lady Jackets in the fourth quarter with five points but Johnson came through with a pair of 3-pointers and then hit three free throws with under a minute to go to thwart any potential rally.
“We had more turnovers than I would have liked (17) but we were able to close the game out,” said LeJeune. “This was a big win for us.”
Jillian Boone followed Johnson’s 24-point outburst with 15 points and Whitney Landry added nine. Mallory Faul pitched in five points while Madison Smith and Taylor DeVille each scored two.
The Lady Dogs return to district play Tuesday when they travel to Westlake for a 6 p.m. contest.