Lady Pios cruise past Port Barre; Pios fall short

PORT BARRE – Some nights, everything just seems to go right.
Such was the case for the Notre Dame Lady Pios Saturday when they exploded for 33 points in the first quarter and coasted the rest of the way in a 67-32 non-district victory over the Port Barre Lady Red Devils.
“We came out the gate hot shooting the basketball and we didn’t miss much in the first quarter,” said Notre Dame coach Nolan Theriot, whose team improved to 17-4 on the season with the victory. “Whether we were shooting threes or layups, everything was going right.
“It’s nice when you can get that kind of effort out there and you get the result you were looking for.”
The Lady Pios’ defense sparked the offensive onslaught by forcing 14 turnovers in the first quarter, most of which resulted in points.
“The game plan was to go out there and stop their point guard, which we did,” said Theriot. “It was obvious that the only press break that they had was getting it to their point guard so the defense that we ran really gave us a lot of easy looks at the basket and we got a bunch of stuff in transition.”
The Lady Pios also knocked down nine 3-pointers on the night, five in the first quarter.
“We had some great looks at the basket,” said Theriot. “This was the result of just taking good shots and the kids feeling it. You could tell that all the girls that were out there were shooting the ball with a lot of confidence.”
Madelyn LeJeune dropped in a pair of 3-pointers in the opening frame and hit four shots inside the arch to lead the Lady Pios’ offensive charge. She finished the night with a game-high 22 points to go along with six rebounds and six steals.
“Madelyn comes up with the big, tough baskets,” said Theriot. “She has a lot of range and great touch and she’s able to shoot the ball from anywhere on the perimeter.”
The Lady Pios widened the gap in the second and third quarters when they outscored Port Barre 24-9 to take a 57-16 advantage into the final frame.
Port Barre outscored the Lady Pios 16-10 in the fourth quarter.
Hanna Esthay followed LeJeune with 13 points while Gabbie Romero and Sam Lyons each pitched in 11. Elise LeBeouf followed with four points while Alex Miller and Annie Matthews each had three. Miller also had eight assists and four steals and Matthews grabbed four rebounds.
The Lady Pios postponed tonight’s District 4-4A contest at Abbeville and will now play that game on Thursday beginning at 6 p.m.
They play host to North Vermilion on Friday before entertaining Erath on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a makeup of last week’s game that was pushed back due to the weather.
In boys’ action, the Pios fell to 8-11 on the season with a 63-48 loss to the homestanding Red Devils.
The Pios trailed just 19-13 in the first quarter before Port Barre went on a 12-3 run in the second quarter to take a 31-16 cushion into the half.
The Pios were able to close the gap to 36-31 on Brent Didier’s jumper in the lane late in the third quarter, but the Red Devils scored four unanswered points to end the frame and take a 40-31 advantage.
The Red Devils outscored the Pios 23-17 in the final quarter.
Tre Milstead and Hunter Meche paced the Pios with 19 and 17 points, respectively. Joseph Stringfellow and Jacob Leleux followed with four points each while Claiton Johnson and John Landry each finished with two.

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