St. Louis edges Iota’s Lady Bulldogs in non-district matchup
BY Chris Quebedeaux
IOTA – The shooting woes continued for the Iota Lady Bulldogs Tuesday evening in a non-district contest against Class 4A’s St. Louis Lady Saints.
The Lady Dogs (17-11), ranked fifth in the recent Class 2A prep polls, connected on just four of their 23 shots from the floor in the first half and 14 of 41 shots overall in a 52-51 loss to the Lady Saints.
“The bottom line is we just couldn’t get anything to fall,” said Iota coach Stan Baggett following the contest. “We got every shot we wanted, we just couldn’t put it in the hole.”
St. Louis went on an 11-5 run in the first quarter and took a 19-13 advantage at the half.
The Lady Dogs looked to get their swagger back in the second half when they outscored St. Louis 18-13 to cut the lead to 32-31.
Iota trailed by as many as six in the final stanza before closing the gap to one on consecutive 3-pointers from Allison Baggett and Tori Stroderd.
St. Louis made the lead stand however, connecting on eight of its 10 free throw attempts in the final two minutes.
“You have to give them (St. Louis) credit, they hit their free throws down the stretch,” said Baggett. “We started shooting a little better in the second half but we just never could get over that hump.”
Allison Baggett led Iota with 17 points while Stroderd and Katelyn Regan each had 11. Anna Lege, Dominiqua Thomas and Adalie Wriborg each scored four points.
Despite the loss, Bagget was pleased with his team’s effort.
“We did a really god job of keeping them off the glass and we played really hard,” said Baggett. “And we only had five turnovers. You’re supposed to win when you only have five turnovers but we just couldn’t get the shots to fall.
“This was a very good game for us. I think this will help us get back on track and get that intensity back that we have been lacking.”