JENNINGS – The Crowley Gents had a different strategy for dealing with the Jennings Bulldogs when they met Friday in a District 4-3A rematch.
Instead of waiting until late in the game to apply their full-court defense, the Gents opened the game in full press mode, resulting in 26 Bulldog turnovers and, more importantly, a pivotal 64-59 victory that provided a much-needed boost to Crowley’s postseason hopes.
The victory also avenged a 57-52 home loss to the Bulldogs (Jan. 15 ) and boosted the Gents to 13-13 on the year.
“The first time we played them, we played a little too passive,” said CHS coach Derrick Boone. “We played on our heels and they attacked us.
“Tonight, we wanted to be the aggressor and we really got after them.”
The Gents opened the game on a 10-3 run before Jennings rallied back to tie the game at 13-13.
Sparked in the second quarter by Marcus Williams, who scored eight of his team-high 17 points in the period, and a defense that forced seven steals, the Gents built a 34-26 advantage.
In the second half, the Gents’ defensive intensity continued.
The Gents forced six more turnovers in the third quarter and Danny Malbrough scored 10 points to help extend the lead to 55-39.
“I think about 70 percent of our points came because of our pressure,” said Boone. “We forced a lot of turnovers and we forced them to rush shots and not really settle into their offense. Even our half-court defense bothered them and the never were really able to get comfortable in their offense.”
The Gents slowed the pace in the final frame and Jennings battled back to get within six (63-57) with just under a minute to go. The Gents aided in the run by missing five of their final six free throws, including two front ends of one-and-ones, before Jesse Harmon finally got one to fall.
The Bulldogs actually outscored the Gents 20-9 in the final eight minutes but the visitors’ 42-point outburst in the second and third quarters was just too much to overcome.
“Most of the time, the quarter before you enter the half and the quarter after the half is what determines the game and we had two really good quarters,” said Boone. “In the fourth quarter, we didn’t play as aggressive but we were able to maintain our focus and hold on.”
The Gents had three players score in double figures on the night. Damon Malbrough led the charge with his 17 points while Danny Malbrough and Williams had 16 and 14, respectively.
Andre Mills pitched in seven points, Harmon added five, John Davis scored three and Tyron Foreman finished with two.
Chris Perkins led the Bulldogs with 18 points. John Charles followed with 13 and Curtis Bell had 11.
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JENNINGS – The Crowley Ladies scored 21 points in the first quarter and never looked back in a convincing victory over Jennings Friday.
The Ladies (15-8, 6-3) took a 21-7 lead in the first quarter and extended their cushion to 35-17 at the break.
Jennings outscored Crowley 19-18 in the second half.
Tiara Dugar scored 15 points in the victory. She was followed by Alanna Plummer with 12 points and Mercedes Rogers with 10.
Also contributing in the victory were Teara Beaux with six points; Taylor Dapremont and Raven Ardoin, four each; and Myah Roger, two.
Jada Bradley led the Lady Bulldogs with 17 points.
The Ladies will return to action on Tuesday when they play host to Notre Dame at 6 p.m.
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CROWLEY – The Notre Dame Lady Pios continued their tear through District 4-3A play Friday with a dominating victory over the Westlake Lady Rams.
The Lady Pios (22-5, 7-1) took a 32-6 lead at the break and outscored Westlake 29-11 in the second half.
Alex Miller had the hot hand for the Lady Pios. She drilled five 3-pointers and led all scorers with 19 points.
Elise LeBeouf followed with 15 points off the bench. Madelyn LeJeune added 10 points and Liddy Rothermel pitched in five. Annie Sarver and Elizabeth Dartez each scored four points while Sam Lyons and Hunter LeBlanc each finished with two.
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OAKDALE – The Iota Lady Bulldogs rallied from a nine-point deficit and scored 25 points in the fourth quarter to upend Oakdale Friday evening.
Iota improved to 11-16 overall and 6-1 in district play with the victory.
Brittany Johnson torched the nets for five 3-pointers and finished the night with a game-high 28 points.
Mallory Faul followed with 11 points, Jillian Boone added eight, Paige Soriez had five and Taylor DeVille scored four points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Madison Smith and Cambri St. Andre each scored two points.
The Lady Dogs will travel to Pine Prairie on Monday for a 6 p.m. contest.
MIDLAND – The Midland Rebels had four players in double figures Friday in a blowout home victory over ESA.
The victory sent the Rebels to 23-7 overall and 6-1 in District 7-C play heading into Tuesday’s home showdown with league-leader Hathaway.
Jake Gautreaux led the way with 18 points and Alan Vondenstein had 15. Devin Gautreaux and Darren Arceneaux each had 11 points.
Also contributing were Nick Primeaux with five points and Stephen Primeaux, Traven Guidry and Taatum Rubin each scored two..
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MIDLAND – Melody Hebert and Bethany LeJeune combined for 25 points to help lead the Midland Lady Rebels to an upset of Sacred Heart of Grand Coteau Friday evening.
The Lady Rebels improved to 15-17 overall and 3-4 in league play with the victory.
Hebert poured in 14 points on the night while LeJeune had 11.
Nicole Kraut followed with seven points, Brooke Comeaux added six, Kallie Benoit, Katie Woods and Elizabeth Istre each scored four and Macy Hoffpauir had two.