Lady Dogs upend South Beauregard
IOTA – Heading into Tuesday’s District 4-3A clash between league leaders Iota and South Beauregard, Lady Bulldogs coach Meghann LeJeune knew depth would be a key to winning.
She was right.
LeJeune went to her bench time and again in the league showdown and it produced 21 points to help lead the Lady Dogs to a pivotal 51-42 victory over the Lady Knights.
“I knew it would be tough to play my starters all together because they (South Beauregard) are small and quick,” said LeJeune, whose team improved to 16-8 overall and 4-0 in league play. “So we kind of messed with the rotation a little bit, trying to match up better and we got some big minutes and points from our bench.”
Whitney Landry came off the bench and scored 10 points, six in the third quarter during a 9-0 run to end the frame. Becca Fantroy also played a key role, scoring six points in the second quarter, and Cameron Crochet hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Lady Dogs a 31-21 advantage at the break.
Early on, the two teams traded baskets and entered the second quarter tied at 16-16.
Iota took over in the second quarter, thanks largely to back-to-back driving layups by Jillian Boone, who also finished with 10 points on the night. Boone then recorded a steal and found Fantroy in the corner for a 3-pointer to give the Lady Dogs a 23-16 lead just over a minute into the frame.
The Lady Dogs went on to outscore the Lady Knights 8-5 over the final six minutes to take a 31-21 cushion at half.
The Lady Knights responded early in the third quarter by going on a 6-0 run in the first four minutes to cut the lead to four (31-27).
But again, Iota had an answer.
Brittany Johnson hit a pair of free throws with 3:24 remaining in the quarter and the Lady Dogs scored nine unanswered points to push the lead back to 40-27. Landry hit a 3-pointer and added another bucket and free throw during that stretch.
“They (Lady Knights) came out on fire and they were able to cut into the lead in the third quarter,” said LeJeune. “But we responded well and we were able to get some things going late in the quarter.”
The Lady Knights cut the lead to five (47-42) late in the fourth quarter, but Iota was able to put it away with four free throws down the stretch.
Brittany Johnson and Taylor DeVille each scored eight points in the victory; Mallory Faul added four and Alexis St. Andre had two.
Allie Ramsey paced the Lady Knights with 15 points.
“This was a huge win for us,” said LeJeune. “This is a confidence booster for us heading into Friday’s game at St. Louis and then heading into the second round of district next week.”
Dogs fall on buzzer beater
Micah McElhaney gave the Iota Bulldogs trouble all night Tuesday.
South Beauregard’s shooting guard poured in 36 points and thwarted a remarkable comeback by the Dogs by draining a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Knights to a dramatic 53-50 victory in a District 4-3A contest.
Iota (12-9, 0-2) had trailed by 18 (37-19) at the half before outscoring the Knights 14-2 in the third quarter behind a trio of 3-pointers from Luke Reed, Triston Fontenot and Kyle Smith.
The Bulldogs continued to chip away in the fourth quarter and took their first lead of the game (50-48) on a 3-pointer from Smith with 1:18 remaining.
They then missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and McElhaney hit a shot to tie the game with just under a minute to go.
The Dogs had an opportunity to take the lead with 2.9 seconds left, but missed another front end of a 1-and-1, setting up McElhaney’s heroics.
Fontenot and Smith paced the Bulldogs with 17 and 11 points, respectively. Reed added 10 points, Curtis Antonie scored seven and Steven Cooper had five.