Teurlings holds off Notre Dame rally

  CROWLEY – Notre Dame’s Pios could have thrown in the towel after falling behind Teurlings by 14 points in the first quarter.
And a year ago, they may have.
But Monday night, the Pios fought back, rallying to tie the game in the second half and giving the Rebels a late scare before falling, 51-45.
“We showed a lot of heart and pride tonight,” said Notre Dame coach Donald Adams, whose team has already exceeded its victory total of last season at 4-5. “Last year, we probably would have laid down after a first quarter like that.
“(But) we fought and fought until the end and I couldn’t be prouder of this bunch.”
The Pios struggled early with the Rebels’ pressure and only managed six points in the opening quarter while giving up 20.
Fortunately, the Pios were able to turn it around in the second quarter, outscoring the Rebels 18-11 to cut the lead to seven (31-24) at the half.
Another run in the third quarter allowed the Pios to tie the game near the end of the frame, but Teurlings was able to score just before the buzzer and took a slim 40-38 advantage.
The Pios kept it close in the final eight minutes and had a chance to tie the game with under a minute remaining. But a missed layup resulted in 4-0 run by the Rebels to end the game.
“We got off to a bad start in the first quarter, but the other three quarters, we maintained our composure and played a good game,” said Adams. “We really got after them later in the game and we were able to make a game of it.”
Brice Brandon had a career night for the Pios. The senior, who wasn’t on the team a year ago, drained four 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 18 points.
“Brice is one of the hardest workers on the team on both sides of the court,” said Adams. “His play was superb tonight and it was his best game of the season. He really shot the ball well from outside and that was a big lift for us and it kept us in the game.”
Tre Milstead added 12 points in the loss and sophomore Hunter Meche had five. Ethan Smith pitched in four points and Brent Didier finished with two.
The Pios return to action on Thursday when they take on Oakdale in the first round of the Pine Prairie Tournament. Opening tip for that game is slated for 6:30 p.m.
OTHER GAMES
CROWLEY – The Northside Christian Lady Warriors picked up their second straight victory Monday with a 67-34 victory over Loreauville at Seth Trahan Memorial Gym.
The Lady Warriors (2-6) jumped out to a 22-13 lead at the half before pulling away in the final two frames. They outscored Loreauville 45-21 in the final 16 minutes.
Brooke Stanford and Madeline Gatte paced the Lady Warriors with 16 points each. Stanford also had nine rebounds, four assists and two steals while Gatte had three rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Madisyn Clement followed with 15 points and Kathryn Zaunbrecher added five. Zoie and Zera Hanagriff each scored five point and Christina Brown had two.
The Lady Warriors also picked up a 56-32 victory over Vinon on Saturday in the Hackberry Tournament.
Gatte led the charge in that game with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Clement followed with 15 points, Zaunbrecher added 13, Zoie Hanagriff had four and Stanford finished with two.
The Lady Warriors took on Ascension Episcopal last night but results from that contest were not available at press time.

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