CROWLEY – South Beauregard’s triangle-and-two defense did exactly what it was designed to do Tuesday in the Lady K’s District 4-3A showdown at Crowley.
The defensive strategy limited Crowley’s two leading scores - Mercedes Rogers and Tiara Dugar - to a combined 11 points, well below both of their averages.
Fortunately, the CHS Ladies (14-8, 5-2) had other options.
Freshman Myah Rogers, Mercedes’ younger sister, scored a season-high 10 points and had six rebounds and two blocked shots, helping the Ladies shock the No. 10 ranked Lady K’s, 35-31.
“Myah really stepped up big,” said CHS coach Alton Allen. “She has really been coming on and she’s giving us some much needed points because we need more than just Mercedes and Tiara scoring.
“She stepped up and even had a really good game on defense and grabbed a lot of rebounds.”
The freshman did most of her damage in the second quarter and helped the Ladies pull out to a 21-13 lead with just over a minute to go in the half.
The Lady K’s responded in the final minute and scored six straight points to cut Crowley’s lead to 21-19.
But the Ladies stepped it up on defense in the third quarter and limited the Lady K’s to just three points and extended their halftime lead to 28-22.
“Our defense was the key,” said Allen. “We really didn’t do anything special, but we were solid at what we were doing.
“We didn’t allow penetration and we covered the 3-point area. And when we did that, it caused some confusion for them.”
The Lady K’s rallied in the fourth and outscored the Ladies 9-6, but it was to little, too late.
Alanna Plummer added seven points in the victory while Mercedes Rogers had six. Dugar and Raven Ardoin followed with five points each and Teara Breaux had two.
“Those other people picked up the slack and if we can continue to get that productivity, it’s going to go a long way to helping us possibly get into the playoffs.”
The victory was crucial for the Ladies, who are awaiting a ruling by the LHSAA on a self-reported ineligible player that will most likely cost them eight of their victories.
“This was huge for us,” said Allen. “Every one from here on out is like we’re playing for a championship and if we have any shot at making the playoffs, we have to win the rest of the way out.”
Gents 51, Knights 48
CROWLEY – With postseason aspirations on the line, the Crowley Gents came through in the clutch Tuesday.
The Gents (12-13, 3-4) slugged it out with South Beauregard for four quarters before outscoring the Knights 11-8 in overtime to earn a much-needed district victory.
“We feel like we have to win the rest of our games and this one will hopefully get us going,” said CHS coach Derrick Boone. “It was a big game for our kids. And finally, a close game that we win without making mistakes down the line.
“We made a few mistakes, but we hustled, we got back on defense and we played well on both sides of the court.”
Crowley actually led by four with a minute to go in regulation but South Beauregard rallied to tie the game.
The Gents went up by one in the extra frame before Charles Onezine drilled a 3-pointer to extend the cushion. Marcus Williams added a bucket and a free throw before Crowley fended off a late rally to earn the victory.
Williams paced the Gents with 18 points while Danny Malbrough and Andre Mills each had eight points. Jesse Harmon followed with seven points, Damon Malbrough added six, Onezine had three and Mylan Stevenson had two.