WESTLAKE – Danny and Damon Malbrough connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to start the game and the Crowley Gents looked as if they were well on their way to an easy victory over Class B power Lacassine Tuesday in the consolation bracket of the Westlake Holiday Tournament.
It didn’t turn out that way, however.
Lacassine kept it close and made Crowley pay for sloppy play and unforced turnovers, especially late in the game, as the Cardinals rallied in the final minutes to slip away with a 45-42 victory over the Gents.
The loss eliminated the Gents from the tournament and sent them to 1-2 on the season.
“Lacassine is very disciplined and they are fundamentally sound,” said CHS coach Derrick Boone. “You can’t let a team like that hang around.
“We took good, high percentage shots...they just weren’t falling for us. Towards the end, we had a few breakdowns on defense and on offense, we didn’t really run it correctly and it cost us.”
The Gents had a 42-41 lead and the ball with just under a minute to play when the wheels fell off.
They spread the floor and went into stall mode, but a careless turnover at the top of the key allowed Lacassine to drive the court and hit a layup to go up by one (43-42).
A missed shot in the lane on the Gents’ ensuing possession got the Cardinals off and running and they converted on a layup to stretch the lead to 45-42.
Damon Malbrough had a chance to tie the game, but his 3-point attempt rimmed out and Lacassine was able to milk the final 12 seconds off the clock and hold on for the victory.
“We spread the floor and we were looking for a good shot,” said Boone of the crucial turnover that allowed Lacassine to take the lead. “We didn’t want to force anything and we were looking for an opportunity to get a layup or force them to foul us. We got careless with the ball and it cost us.”
The breakdowns on defense were costly, but so was board play.
“They (Lacassine) killed us on the boards,” said Boone. “They just got after it and they wanted it more than we did.
“They played four quarters. We played maybe a quarter and a half. You can’t win like that.”
One bright spot for the Gents was the play of Jessie Harmon. The senior forward notched his first double-double of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
“Jessie took the leadership role tonight and he was very aggressive in the paint,” said Boone of Harmon. “He’s coming along and doing a great job. Once we get everyone on the same page and we start coming together, we’re going to be pretty good. We’re just not there right now.”
Danny Malbrough followed Harmon in double figures with 11 points and John Davis had eight. Damon Malbrough added five points while Andre Mills, Tiron Foreman and Chanz Moore each had two.
The Gents will return to action on Tuesday when they play host to North Central at 7 p.m.
Lady Pios advance
NEW IBERIA – The Notre Dame Lady Pios went on a 9-0 in the first minute Tuesday and cruised to a 51-26 victory over Catholic High in the semifinals of the Lady Panthers’ own tournament.
The Lady Pios advanced to todays finals for the seventh straight season where they will take on Vermilion Catholic at 2 p.m.
“We came out the gate and we were just blazing,” said ND coach Nolan Theriot, whose team has won the tournament four of the last six years. “We were stealing the ball, knocking down threes...we just couldn’t do anything wrong.
“We played well and we played hard, but we still have a long way to go.”
The Lady Pios took a 15-6 lead in the opening quarter but settled down in the second frame, taking a 21-11 advantage into the break.
The Lady Pios got back on track in the second half and scored 13 points in the third quarter and 17 in the fourth to walk away with the victory.
“We pulled back a little in the second quarter, but we got going again in the second half,” said Theriot.
Alex Miller and Gabbie Romero paced the Lady Pios with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Madelyn LeJeune followed with nine points; Elise LeBeouf added six; Sam Lyons had five; Liddy Rothermel scored three and Elizabeth Dartez, Annie Sarver and Hanna Esthay each scored two.
Rayne tops Iota
LEROY – The Iota Lady Dogs fell to 1-1 on the season Tuesday when they dropped a 40-24 decision to Rayne in the North Vermilion Lady Patriot Round Robin.
Rayne broke open a tight game in the fourth quarter by going on a 10-0 run to seal the victory.
Tristan Mouton and Naosha Leopaul paced Rayne with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Mallory Faul led the Lady Dogs with 11 points. Brittany Johnson followed with five points and Jillian Boone had five.