THE POST-SIGNAL / Chris Quebedeaux
Iota’s Kendall Miller goes up for a shot Monday during the Lady Dogs’ 59-47 victory over Ville Platte.
Lady Dogs hold off Ville Platte; Bulldogs’ rally fall short
The Iota Lady Bulldogs raced out to an early lead and then fended off a late rally to slip past Ville Platte on the road Monday, 59-47, in a District 5-3A contest.
With the victory, the Lady Dogs improved to 17-10 overall and 7-2 in league.
The Lady Dogs went on a 10-3 run to start the game and took a 20-8 advantage midway through the second quarter.
Ville Platte rallied from there by going on a 14-4 run of their own to get within two (24-22) with just under three minutes remaining n the half.
Iota gained a little breathing room down the stretch by going 3-for-4 from the free throw line to take a 27-23 lead at the break.
Kendall Miller dropped in the first basket of the second half to extend the lead before the hosts scored on three straight trips down the court to tie the game at 29-29 with just over five minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Miller and Avery Young took over from there and combined for 11 points the rest of the way to help Iota take a 42-34 lead after three quarters.
Young drained a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and the Lady Dogs went 5-for-7 from the charity stripe down the stretch to seal the victory.
Young was once again the leader for the Lady Dogs as she recorded a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds. The sophomore guard also had four assists and two steals.
Miller added 19 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals and Andriana Curtis had 10 points and five rebounds. Madelyn Boone added three points.
Colleen Johnson and Lilly Zaunbrecher rounded out Iota’s offense with two points each. Johnson pulled down five rebounds and Zaunbrecher added six boards and four assists.
The Lady Dogs, who currently sit at No. 7 in the Class 3A power ratings, will play host to No. 13 Pine Prairie (21-6) Thursday at 6 p.m. to close district play as well as the regular season.
The girls basketball playoff brackets will be released Monday afternoon with the first round of the playoffs beginning on Thursday, Feb. 20.
Bulldogs come up short
It was too little too late for the Iota Bulldogs in their District 5-3A showdown with Ville Platte.
The Bulldogs erupted for 21 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a huge early deficit in a 74-62 loss.
The Bulldogs trailed by just 12 (40-28) at the break, but the hosts drained six 3-pointers in the third quarter to extend their cushion to 21 (62-41).
The Bulldogs outscored the hosts 21-12 over the final eight minutes thanks to 10 points from Kyle Thibodeaux.
Daniel Simon was the leader for the Bulldogs with 19 points and Kyle Guidry had 16. Owen Daigle and Kyle Thibodeaux each added 10 points, Andrew Thibodeaux scored four and Kolton Morgan had three.
Ville Platte was led by Tra’Nuan Byers and Tyler Jones with 18 points each. Byers knocked down four of the host’s 10 3-pointers on the night.