Notre Dame sweeps Erath in league play
CROWLEY – Notre Dame made it a clean sweep over Erath Saturday with both the Pios and Lady Pios pulling off victories in a pair of District 6-3A contests at A.B. Dore Gym.
The Lady Pios (20-4, 6-0) got going early and often in a 78-43 beatdown of the Lady Bobcats. Later, the Pios edged the Bobcats, 51-50.
“We came out in a half court man (defense) and then we switched to a full-court defense and we were able to get a lot of things going as far as getting up and down the court,” said ND coach Nolan Theriot, whose Lady Pios put up 50 points in the first half. “We were able to find the open man and, really, we hit every shot.”
The Lady Pios jumped out to a 22-7 advantage in the first quarter and followed that up with 28 more points in the second frame to take a 50-17 cushion into the break.
“We were up 20 early and then they hit a bucket here and there to cut it to 15,” said Theriot. “But we went back to a full-court press and really finished that half with a bang.”
The Lady Pios connected on seven 3-pointers in the first half and finished with a whopping 15 on the night.
“They (Erath) weren’t doing a bad job defending, but we were just doing such a good job of getting up and down the floor and finding the open man,’’ said Theriot. “And every person that was open knocked down shots.”
Madelyn LeJeune paced the Lady Pios with 19 points, including two 3-pointers. She also had seven rebounds and four assists.
Gabbie Romero hit five shots from beyond the arch and finished the night with 18 points. Alex Miller followed with 11 points, nine assists and eight rebounds and Sam Lyons added nine points. Hanna Esthay pitched in eight points; Hunter LeBlanc scored six; Annie Matthews had five and Elise LeBeouf had two.
Miller, Esthay and LeBlanc each hit a pair of 3-pointers while Lyons and Matthews had one.
“The goal was definitely looking pretty big and the girls did a great job of knocking down shots,” said Theriot.
The Pios (10-12, 2-2) followed that up with their first home victory of the season in the nightcap.
The game went back and forth from start to finish, but Alex Thomas put the Pios up for good late in the fourth quarter with a putback and a free throw on the Pios’ final offensive possession to make it a three-point game (51-48). Erath answered with a bucket in the lane at the buzzer.
“Alex came off the bench and gave us a much-needed lift,” said ND coach Donald Adams of Thomas. “After playing three games in three days, we were gassed and he came off the bench and had a career night.”
Thomas finished the evening with nine points.
Tre Milstead led the Pios with 11 points, Ethan Smith and Claiton Johnson each pitched in eight, Hunter Meche added six, Jacob Leleux had three and Brent Didier, Tyler Simar and Bryce Brandon each finished with two.
The Pios and Lady Pios return to action tonight in Kaplan.
NCS Warriors pick up victories
CROWLEY – The Northside Christian Warriors have been a second-half team all season and it was never more evident than in their last two games.
On Friday, the Warriors (21-9, 4-1) exploded for 51 points in the second half to upend District 6-C foe Starks, 74-48. Then, on Saturday, the Warriors put up 45 points in the final two frames to cruise past Hathaway, 85-59.
In Friday’s contest, the Warriors actually trailed 24-23 at the half before outscoring Panthers 51-24 in the final two frames.
Ty Wilson led the charge with 17 points while Tracy Wilridge and Bradley Ancelet each scored 16. Nicholas Zaunbrecher followed with 17 points; Dylan King added seven; Nick Martin pitched in three and Zion Lott had two.
On Saturday, in a non-district contest against Hathaway, the Warriors led by 10 before going on a 22-6 run in the fourth quarter to close out the game.
King had the hot hand for the Warriors with 18 points. Ancelet and Wilson followed with 17 and 16 points, respectively. Wilridge added 11 points; Tyler Johnson scored 10; Zaunbrecher had eight; Martin had four and Cole Henry rounded out the offense with one.
The Lady Warriors dropped Friday’s matchup with Starks, 61-39, before falling to Hathaway, 57-38, on Saturday.
Unfortunately, no other information on those games was provided by the schools.