Lady Pios shoot lights out in victory over West St. Mary

CROWLEY – On any given night, the Notre Dame Lady Pios have six players who can step into the leader’s role on the court.
Friday night, it was Gabbie Romero who did.
The senior guard knocked down a staggering nine 3-pointers and finished with a season-high 29 points to help lead the Lady Pios to a 72-21 victory over visiting West St. Mary.
“You know, it’s a game of matchups and it just depends on who they are trying to guard,” said Notre Dame coach Nolan Theriot, whose team improved to 22-4 overall and 8-0 in District 6-3A play. “Tonight, Gabbie got a bunch of open looks and, man, she was knocking them down.
“She was getting open looks because of what we were doing offensively and what they (West St. Mary) were trying to do defensively. We constantly preach about getting the ball to the hot hand and she was definitely hot tonight.”
Romero led the charge, but she wasn’t the only one knocking down shots. Overall, the Lady Pios drained 17 shots from beyond the arch and had three players score in double figures.
Madelyn LeJeune knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and scored 14 points while Alex Miller hit four long balls and had 13 points. Sam Lyons and Hanna Esthay each had one 3-pointer and finished with nine and seven points, respectively.
“Overall, all the girls actually caught fire at some point,” said Theriot.
Romero dropped in four 3-pointers in the opening frame and the Lady Pios went on a 21-5 run right out the gate.
She added three more long balls in the second quarter while LeJeune and Miller combined for 15 points to help push the lead to 50-8 at the half.
“We were really able to separate ourselves early,” said Theriot. “That was one of the things that I was pleased with. We’ve struggled in the first quarter with a lot of our opponents and tonight, we didn’t.
“There’s not a whole lot more to say.”
The Lady Pios’ offensive attack slowed drastically in the second half, much by design.
West St. Mary outscored the Lady Pios 12-9 in the third quarter before the Lady Pios went on a 13-1 run in the fourth to close the game out.
“We took our foot off the gas in the second half,” said Theriot. “We literally walked the ball up the court in the third quarter and that’s why the score was what it was.”
Fittingly, the Lady Pios’ three upperclassmen - Romero, Miller and Lyons - combined for 51 points and accounted for 13 of the Lady Pios’ 17 3-pointers on what was Notre Dame’s Senior Night.
“It was really important for those girls to go out and have a big night,” said Theriot. “It was actually very impressive because this is probably one of the best nights that we’ve had in recent years where our seniors have come out and played really well with all the hoopla.
“I was really happy for them. The stands were packed and it was just a great night.”
The Lady Pios close out district play next week with a Tuesday contest at Erath before hosting second-place Abbeville on Friday.
“In my opinion, we have two of the tougher opponents in district coming up,” said Theriot. “We’re going to have to play well next week to get two more wins.”

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