THE POST-SIGNAL / Chris Quebedeaux
Crowley High’s Myraneika Lastrapes goes up for a shot during a recent game. Lastrapes poured in 17 points Tuesday in the Ladies’ 44-38 victory over Abbeville.
CHS Ladies edge Abbeville in OT; Gents top Wildcats
A sluggish second half for the Crowley Ladies allowed the Abbeville Lady Wildcats to creep back into the game Tuesday evening in a pivotal 6-3A contest at the CHS Gym.
The Lady Wildcats outscored the hosts 21-11 over the third and fourth quarters to tie the game at 38-38 and force overtime.
The Ladies (13-11, 6-3) regrouped in the extra period and outscored the Lady Cats 6-0 to claim a hard-fought 44-38 victory on Senior Night.
“This was a big win for us and I think it kind of solidified our spot in the playoffs,” said CHS coach Alton Allen, whose team sat at No. 30 in the latest Class 3A power rankings entering the game.
The Ladies bolted out to a 13-5 advantage in the first quarter and took a 27-17 lead into the break.
The Lady Cats rallied in the third quarter and outscored the hosts 14-4 to even things up at 31-31 before each team scored seven points in the fourth.
“The momentum started to shift in the second half, but we maintained our composure and we didn’t panic,” said Allen.
The Lady Cats’ offensive production was halted in the extra frame thanks to a defensive change by the Ladies.
“We changed our defense to a 1-3-1 in overtime and that really gave us the advantage back,” said Allen. “We were able to slow them down and we made some big free throws when we needed them.”
Myraneika Lastrapes scored three of the Ladies’ final six points and finished the night with a team-high 17 points.
“Myrankeika played really big tonight,” said Allen. “She has a nose for the ball and she’s real aggressive; she’s up an down the court and she plays hard.
“But we got contributions from just about everybody.”
Akia Richardson added eight points; Kentaysia Wilridge and Taylor Perkins each scored five and Tyzaneka Price had four. Imani Jackson and Caithin Dregin rounded out the offense with three and two points, respectively.
The Ladies will close out the regular season on Friday when they travel to Kaplan to take on the Lady Pirates in their final district contest.
In the first round of district play, Kaplan slipped past the Ladies, 37-34.
“This is another big one for us,” said Allen of Friday’s matchup. “It’s Senior Night for them and they have a chance to tie for the district championship with a win; so it will be tough.
“But if we come out and play like we did in the first half tonight... We just have to relax and play and let the cards fall where they may.”
In the nightcap, the Gents outscored the Wildcats 29-25 in the second half to slip away with a 49-44 victory in the boys game.
The Gents, who sit at No. 21 in the most recent Class 3A power ratings, improved to 17-8 overall and 6-1 in league play.
The Gents clung to a 20-19 advantage at the break before extending their lead to four (34-30) after three quarters.
The two teams traded baskets for most of the fourth quarter with the Gents outscoring the Wildcats 15-14. Noah Hayes and Marquarius Thorne combined for 13 points in the period.
Thorne had a team-high 16 points in the victory and Braeden Board scored 14. Hayes added nine points; Jaylon Wiltz scored six and Bryan Montgomery finished with four.
The Gents are currently tied atop the league standings with St. Martinville at 6-1 with three district games remaining.
Victories over Kaplan on Friday and Erath next Tuesday would set the Gents up with a shot to claim the league title next Friday at St. Martinville.