Lady Pios cruise past St. Louis
LAKE CHARLES – The Notre Dame Lady Pios put on another shooting display last week in a dominating 65-26 victory over St. Louis.
The Lady Pios, who are averaging just over 72 points per game in their last four outings, connected on 12 3-point attempts in the contest with both Alex Miller and Gabbie Romero knocking down five 3-pointers.
“You know, St. Louis isn’t the team that they have been in the past, but they are fundamentally sound and they play good defense,” said Notre Dame coach Nolan Theriot, whose squad improved to 11-4 on the season with the victory. “To score and score as easily as we did, I think, is a testament to our kids running the offense well and knocking down open shots.
“They (St. Louis) tried several things defensively against us and every single one of them, the kids kind of recognized what they were doing and we did what we planned to do.”
The Lady Pios knocked down seven 3-pointers in the first half, three coming from Miller.
Miller canned three long balls in the first 16 minutes and scored 14 points in the first two frames to help the Lady Pios jump out to a 38-8 advantage.
Romero added a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter and Sam Lyons picked up eight points to spark a 20-7 run that increased the Lady Pios’ cushion to 58-15.
“We only attacked the basket for three quarters so, to put up 58 points in three quarters was pretty impressive,” said Theriot.
The Lady Saints finally got going offensively in the fourth quarter and outscored the Lady Pios 11-7.
“In the fourth quarter, we subbed and I think the girls were trying to get some other players some looks,” said Theriot. “So our offense didn’t really go down, it was just that they were trying to let some other kids get involved.”
Defensively, the Lady Pios held St. Louis to single digits in three of the four frames.
In their last four games, the Lady Pios are giving up an average of just over 32 points. They have held three of the last four opponents to under 30 points with the lone exception being Northside, which scored 53. The Lady Vikings trailed 66-31 in the third quarter in that contest before a 22-point outburst in the final frame.
“Defensively, I feel like we’ve been playing really well,” said Theriot. “Against Northside, we held them to 31 points in three quarters. They put up 22 on us in the fourth quarter but at that point, we were really in coast mode. Overall, I’ve been really pleased with how we’ve been progressing defensively.”
Offensively, Miller and Romero paced the Lady Pios with 20 and 17 points, respectively, in the victory over St. Louis.
Lyons followed with 12 points and Madelyn LeJeune had nine. Hanna Esthay added five points and Hunter LeBlanc finished with two.
The Lady Pios will travel to Baton Rouge again on Friday to take on Woodlawn before starting district play on Monday at North Vermilion.
“We will use this week to get back to the fundamentals and work on some things that we need to tweak before district starts,” said Theriot.