CROWLEY – The Port Barre Lady Red Devils were outmanned and overmatched and it was evident from the opening tip of their non-district matchup with Notre Dame Friday evening.
The Lady Pios (11-2) started the game with a pair of 3-pointers from Alex Miller and Gabbie Romero and staked a 10-0 advantage just over a minute into the contest.
And it didn’t get any better for the visiting Lady Devils, who were playing without the services of three starters.
The Lady Pios, Class 3A’s top team in the LHSAA’s recent power ratings, went on to take a 29-0 lead in the first quarter and easily cruised to a 71-10 victory.
“We knew they (Port Barre) had some girls out and that they would really be leaning on their point guard,” said ND coach Nolan Theriot. “We wanted to deny her the ball and put some full court pressure on them and our man-to-man defense was spot on.”
Of course, it didn’t hurt that the Lady Pios hit a number of shots early.
“We were hitting open shots and when we can do that, it puts a lot of pressure on the other team,” said Theriot.
The Lady Devils finally got on the board with just under seven minutes remaining in the first half as Notre Dame pulled off the pressure and slowed the tempo of the game. However, the Lady Pios still managed to outscore Port Barre, 6-5, heading into the break.
“Actually, after we went up 10-0, we stopped pressing and we went straight halfcourt man,” said Theriot. “It was 29-0 and I just wanted to pull back a little in the second quarter.”
The Lady Pios offense got back into high gear in the third quarter. Notre Dame had seven players score at least one basket in the period to push the lead to 54-9.
“I kind of let the girls play a little bit more in the second half, offensively,” said Theriot. “The third quarter, I kind of cut them loose a little bit and we tried to run some offense and kind of use it as a practice.”
The fourth quarter was nearly a carbon copy of the third. Five Lady Pios dropped in buckets as Notre Dame closed out the game on a 17-1 run.
Defensively, the Lady Pios forced countless turnovers and controlled the boards the entire night.
“I was very pleased with how we blocked out in the zone,” said Theriot, whose squad didn’t allow any second- chance points. “We contested every shot and honestly, I don’t remember a time that they took a shot and got a rebound.
“It was a good game. Obviously they were overmatched having three starters out and they played a lot of young kids. But our girls went out and executed and that’s all you can ask for.”
Theriot was also able to get his entire roster significant playing time in the contest and all but one was able to score.
Elise LeBeouf led the offensive attack with 19 points while Tori Onebane celebrated her birthday with a season-high 10 point effort.
Sam Lyons followed with eight points, Katherine Kirsh added seven, Anne Sarver and Madelyn LeJeune each had six and Alex Miller had five. Liddy Rothermel pitched in four points while Gabbie Romero and Hanna Esthay rounded out the scoring with three points each.
The Lady Pios return to action on Wednesday when they take on Jennings in the opening game of the Midland Holiday Spectacular at 10 30 a.m.
DEVILS TOP PIOS
Notre Dame Pios got off to a slow start and were never able to recover Friday in their home showdown with Port Barre.
The Red Devils jumped out to a 26-9 lead at the half and coasted to a 58-32 victory over the Pios, who fell to 1-12.
“We just didn’t come out with much energy to start the game” said Notre Dame coach Donald Adams following the loss. “And then when we got down, we were supposed to play man-to-man and we just didn’t execute very well.
“It was just a poor overall performance. We hadn’t played that bad in the past, but, tonight, we just weren’t energetic enough to give ourselves a chance to make it a game.”
The Pios managed just nine points in the first half and went into the break down by 15 before Port Barre scored 23 third-quarter points to put the game out of reach.
Each team scored nine points in the final frame.
“We didn’t execute our offense well and we didn’t rebound well,” said Adams. “Until we do those two things, it will be tough for us to win.”
Notre Dame had nine players contribute offensively but none of them scored in double figures.
Tre Milstead, Christian Landry and Joe Stringfellow each scored five points while Tyler Simar and Hunter Meche each had four. Alex Thomas added three points and Jacob Leleux, Boedy Borill and Luke Habetz each finished with two.
“We’re going to pick it up next week,” said Adams, whose team opens up play in the Midland Holiday Spectacular Wednesday at 3 p.m. against David Thibodeaux, the lone team the Pios have defeated this year.
“We should have a competitive team that we can compete with and hopefully that will build up our confidence. And that’s what we need because district is right around the corner. There’s no excuse. You have to go with what you got and get ready with what you got.”
LADY DOGS CRUISE
JENNINGS – The Iota Lady Bulldogs picked up their second straight win on Friday with a 51-24 thrashing of Jennings.
Iota (5-10) pulled down 18 offensive rebounds and had 46 total in the victory. The Lady Dogs also picked up 10 steals on thenight and shot 60 percent from the free throw line.
Jillian Boone and Mallory Faul each recorded a double-double in the victory. Boone scored 13 points and had 10 rebounds while Faul had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Brittany Johnson followed with 10 points and four assists, Cambri St. Andre added eight points and Paige Soirez had five points. Alexis St. Andre and Cameron Crochet each finished with two poitns.
The Lady Dogs will be in action again on Wednesday when they take on Midland at 6 p.m. in the first day of the Midland Holiday Spectacular.