Lady Pios cruise past Kaplan
CROWLEY – Notre Dame coach Nolan Theriot challenged his Lady Pios to step up their game prior to hitting the court Friday in a District 6-3A contest against Kaplan at A.B. Dore Gym.
His squad responded and they did so in a big way.
The Lady Pios (15-4, 2-0) scored 24 points in the opening frame and cruised to an easy 67-21 victory over the visiting Lady Pirates.
“The objective going in was to play at a higher level,” said Theriot following the victory. “Whether it was a good team or a bad team, whatever, I just wanted us to go out there and play hard and we did.
“We came out and pressured them (Kaplan) a lot and hit some buckets early. We got a lot of points off of pressure and steals and I thought we played well. We should have separated ourselves from this team and we did early.”
Madelyn LeJeune got the Lady Pios going early when she scored 11 of her game-high 19 points in the first quarter. Sam Lyons added seven points in the frame to help build up a 24-6 advantage.
The onslaught didn’t stop there, however.
LeJeune pumped in another eight points and Hanna Esthay scored six to spark a 22-9 run that put the Lady Pios up 46-15 at the half.
“The game plan going in was to press if we made a shot and if we missed, we were going to pick up man so either way, we weren’t just going to walk back,” said Theriot. “They didn’t have an opportunity to just walk it up the court and you could just kind of see us wearing them down.”
The Lady Pios scaled back the offense in the second half and scored just 10 points in the third quarter.
They also pulled the dogs off and got out of the press, but were still able to limit the Lady Pirates to just two points in the frame.
The Lady Pios went on to outscore the Lady Pirates 11-4 in the fourth quarter.
In all, six Lady Pios scored on the night and four hit double figures.
Lyons followed LeJeune with 18 points while Esthay had 11 and Alex Miller had 10. Gabbie Romero pitched in six points and Elise LeBeouf rounded out the scoring with three.
“It would be nice to have all five of our starters in double digits and we probably could have, but at some point you have to call off the dogs,” said Theriot.
Theriot was also pleased with the fact that he was able to get all eight of his players on the court during the contest.
“We got everyone in the game tonight, which is something we haven’t done much so far,” said Theriot. “We wanted to get those girls in early and Hunter LeBlanc and Annie Matthews both came in and gave us some good minutes.”
The Lady Pios return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Baldwin to take on West St. Mary in another district contest.