Prep Roundup: Bulldogs fall in tourney finals
VILLE PLATTE – The Iota Bulldogs delivered what looked to be a staggering blow in the first quarter of the Sacred Heart of Ville Platte Tournament finals Wednesday evening.
Luke Reed drained a pair of 3-pointers and Steven Cooper hit one to give the Dogs a quick 9-2 advantage that had the Class 5A Carencro Bears on their heels early.
Ball control, however, became an issue after that and the Bulldogs’ lead quickly vanished.
The Dogs committed 11 turnovers and the Bears went on an 18-6 run to end the opening quarter en route to a commanding 76-48 victory over the Dogs.
The loss sent Iota to 4-1 on the season heading into Tuesday’s home contest against the Northside Christian Warriors.
Iota battled back in the second quarter and trailed just 29-27 after three free throws from Kyle Smith. But a quick 3-point attempt that was off the mark on their next possession allowed the Bears to pull away.
Carencro went on a 7-0 run with just over a minute to go and drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to take a 36-27 cushion into the intermission.
It only got worse for the Dogs from there.
The Bears took over on the boards and converted countless times in transition to push the lead to 50-30 midway through the third frame.
Reed added a pair of 3-pointers, giving him four on the night, to help trim the lead to 53-38 heading into the final quarter.
But the Bulldogs were limited to just eight points in the final eight minutes, seven by Smith on three buckets in the paint and a free throw, while the Bears scored 18 points to close out the victory and improve to 4-0 on the season.
Smith and Reed paced the Dogs with 17 and 16 points, respectively.
Steven Cooper added a pair of 3-pointers and finished the night with six points while Zack Hebert scored four. Garrett Reppond and Curtis Antoine each added two points and Tristan Fontenot had one.
Notre Dame 32
Donald Thibodeaux 29
LAFAYETTE – Tre Milstead poured in a game-high 16 points Wednesday to help lead Notre Dame to its second victory of the season at the Teurlings Catholic Chic-fil-A Tournament.
“We finally put four good quarters together,” said Notre Dame coach Donald Adams following the victory. “We kept our lead and maintained our composure. It was a well-controlled game and that was the key.”
Three of Milstead’s points were on a halfcourt shot at the buzzer in the first quarter.
The Pios led 30-26 after the third quarter but managed just two points in the final eight minutes.
“We have got to get a whole lot better on offense,” said Adams. “We’re not going to beat many teams scoring just 32 points.
“We are still a long way away from being a good basketball team, but I think we have the material to put it all together.”
Hunter Meche also hit double figures with 11 points, while Brice Brandon had three and Jacob Leleux had two.
The Pios will travel to Youngsville Monday to take on AES.
Lady Dogs 45
North Vermilion 29
LEROY – The Iota Lady Bulldogs connected on eight 3-pointers Wednesday to top North Vermilion in the consolation game of the Lady Patriots Tournament.
Brittany Johnson caught fire early and drained six long balls in the first three frames to lead all scorers with 19 points.
Jillian Boone pitched in eight points, Mallory Faul added five and Cambre St. Andre had two.
Patrica Deshotel, Cameron Crochet, Becca Fantroy, Alexis St. Andre and Madison Smith each scored two points in the victory.
The Lady Dogs will travel to Rayne Tuesday to take on the Lady Wolves at 6 p.m.