Prep Roundup: Late rally propels David Thibodeaux past Pios

LAFAYETTE – The Notre Dame Pios were on the verge of evening out their overall record Friday evening in their non-district matchup at David Thibodeaux.
The Pios had rallied from an early 13 point deficit and took a 51-44 advantage into the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately, the Pios were unable to hold the lead.
The Bulldogs connected on 13 free throws and went on a 23-7 run in the final eight minutes to walk away with a 67-58 victory over the visiting Pioneers.
The Pios fell to 7-9 overall with the loss.
“We let another one get away from us tonight,” said N.D. coach Donald Adams following the game. “Donald Thibodeaux played well but we kind of let up there late in the game. We took our foot off the gas and they got us.”
The Tigers took a 20-7 advantage in the first quarter but the Pios rallied in the second frame and were able to cut the lead to 31-27 at the break.
“We were down by 13 after the first quarter but we picked up the intensity and got the momentum on our side in the second quarter,” said Adams.
That momentum carried over into the third quarter and the Pios went on a 24-13 run behind six points each from Bryce Brandon, Claiton Johnson and Ethan Smith.
The Bulldogs answered the call in the fourth quarter however, with a 23-7 run of their own. Daniel Cobb and J’Vante Epps led the rally with eight points each.
Epps went 8-for-10 from the free throw line in the frame.
“You know, I was proud of our guys tonight because they didn’t lay down and they could have,” said Adams. “They continued to fight and fight. But we can’t continue to let games get away from us. We’ve got to learn to finish.”
Cobb led the Bulldogs with 20 points and Naija Engleton had 13.
Brandon was the Pios’ high man with 14 points. He was followed by Tre Milstead with 13 and Johnson with 12.
Ethan Smith pitched in eight points, Brent Didier and John Duos each added four, Tyler Simar scored two and Hunter Meche had one. The Pios will travel to Church Point Tuesday for a non-district contest.
Opelousas tops Gents
OPELOUSAS – The Opelousas Tigers went on a 23-11 run in the fourth quarter to break open a tight game and cruise past the Crowley Gents, 64-46, Friday.
The Gents fell to 3-7 on the season and 0-2 in District 4-4A play with the loss.
“The final score really doesn’t indicate how good of a game this really was,” said CHS coach Derrick Boone. “We came out aggressive and ready to play. We played well for three quarters but we kind of got tired there in the fourth.”
The Gents actually jumped out to a 17-9 lead in the first quarter before the Tigers stormed back to take a 27-24 advantage at the break.
The Gents remained within striking distance (41-35) after the third quarter before the Tigers took control in the final frame.
“What’s disappointing is that we left 60 points on the floor,” said Boone of his team that missed 30 shots in the paint. “We had 30 lay-ups, uncontested, that we missed tonight.
“Then we gave up a lot of easy baskets as well. They (Opelousas) had 11 lay-ups in transition in the second half. That’s 22 points.”
DaQuan Bellard led the Tigers with 23 points while Terrell Lewis had 15. James Clark and David Broussard each had 10 points.
Crowley was paced by Jacq’Co Price’s 23-point performance. Marcus Williams added 14 points, Bryston Domino had seven and Mylan Stevens finished with two points and seven blocked shots.
The Gents play host to Washington Marion Tuesday.
Lady Pios cruise past Woodlawn
BATON ROUGE – The Notre Dame Lady Pios improved to 13-4 on the season Friday with a dominating 55-22 victory over Woodlawn.
The Lady Pios jumped out to a 16-2 advantage in the first quarter behind five points from both Hanna Esthay and Elise LeBeouf.
From there, they never looked back.
The Lady Pios went on to outscore the Lady Panthers 12-5 in the second quarter to take a comfortable 28-7 cushion into the half.
Madelyn LeJeune pumped in seven of her game-high 17 points in the third quarter to spark a 14-6 run that increased the Lady Pios’ lead to 42-13.
LeJeune and Esthay added four points each in the final frame to put the finishing touches on the game.
Esthay followed LeJeune with 16 points on the night and LeBeouf hit double figures with 11. Romero added five points, Sam Lyons scored two and Hunter LeBlanc had two.
The Lady Pios will be in action again on Monday when they travel to Leroy to take on North Vermilion in the District 6-3A opener for both teams.
CHS Ladies fall short
OPELOUSAS – The Opelousas Lady Tigers rallied from a six-point deficit and outscored the Crowley Ladies 29-18 in the second half to slip away with a 45-40 victory Friday.
Nataisia Miles and Dana Duriso combined for 23 points in the victory.
The CHS Ladies were led by Nykeila Winters and Alanna Plummer with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Myah Rogers added eight points, Taylor Dapremont had six and Chelsea Yokum finished with two.

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