CROWLEY – Alton Allen’s constant shuffling of his lineup may have caused his Crowley High Ladies a few problems Tuesday, but in the end, it resulted in a winning hand.
Senior all-everything Mercedes Rogers scored six of her game-high 25 points with just over a minute remaining, helping the Ladies to a 53-40 victory over Oakdale.
“We had a lot of different people in the lineup at times that weren’t used to being in there, so it was kind of hard to get any type of continuity or any type of flow,” said Allen, whose squad squandered a double-digit lead on four separate occasions
“We would go on a run and then we would have a lapse on defense.
“But considering on what we had out there, I thought we played really well.”
The Ladies took a 37-28 lead into the fourth quarter only to have Oakdale rally and get within five (40-45) with just under three minutes to go in the game, courtesy of four CHS turnovers.
That’s when Rogers took over.
First, she blocked a shot and then went coast-to-coast for a layup, following that with a jumper in the lane. After a basket by fellow senior Tiara Dugar, Rogers hit another layup with seconds remaining.
Rogers and Dugar led the charge, combining for 38 of the Ladies 53 points. Rogers had 25 points to go along with six blocks and 15 rebounds while Dugar had 13 points.
“Mercedes and Tiara are our two seniors and our two captains and that’s what we expect out of them,” said Allen. “They are doing a super job leading and working with the younger players.”
Maci Primo followed the senior duo with seven points. Nykelia Winters added six points and freshman Myah Rogers had two points, five blocks and five rebounds.
Gents slip past Warriors
It didn’t exactly go quite as well as coach Derrick Boone had expected, but in the end, it was a victory.
Boone’s Crowley Gents went on a 10-4 run in the second quarter and then fended off a second-half rally to slip past Oakdale, 54-44, Tuesday evening.
“It’s a win, but we definitely didn’t take a step forward tonight,” said Boone, whose team took a 21-15 lead at the half. “A game like this is where we have to have that killer instinct. And in the third quarter, the game shouldn’t have been in reach.
“We had too many turnovers and they (Oakdale) took advantage of them. We just didn’t play a complete game and we were lucky to sneak away with the win.
“We can’t play like this from here on out because the schedule gets much tougher.”
Danny Malbrough and Andre Mills led the Gents with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Damon Malbrough added seven points, Jessie Harmon had six and Jeremy Thomas, Marcus Williams and John Davis each had three. Charles Onezine rounded out the scoring with three points.