CROWLEY – Notre Dame’s Lady Pios overcame a sluggish start in their showdown with cross-town rival Crowley High to keep their District 4-3A perfect with a 46-29 victory.
“We knew Crowley would come in ready to play and we missed some shots early on,” said Notre Dame coach Nolan Theriot, whose team missed its first seven shots. “But eventually, we started to settle in and hit some open shots.”
The Ladies (11-8, 2-2) were able to weather the storm early, trailing just 29-17 at the break thanks in part to seven second quarter points from Tiara Dugar.
“I felt pretty good at the half because we were still within striking distance,” said CHS coach Alton Allen.
But any thoughts of a rally by the Ladies were put to rest in the third quarter when the Lady Pios (19-4, 4-0) went on a 9-0 run in the first five and a half minutes. The Ladies did manage five points with under a minute to go but they found themselves trailing 41-22 heading into the final stanza.
“That stretch of about five minutes there in the third quarter where we didn’t score really hurt us,” said Allen. “We scored a few points at the end of the quarter but by that time, they had almost doubled their lead.”
Hindering the Ladies was the fact that their leading scorer - Mercedes Rogers - picked up her fifth foul with a little less than three minutes remaining in the third quarter and was sidelined for the rest of the game.
“It was big without her being in there,” said Allen. “We lost one of our main scoring threats and that hurt.”
Rogers was not much of a factor offensively prior to leaving the game but she was a force on defense with a number of blocked shots and rebounds.
“When she (Rogers) is not out on the floor, everything kind of changes,” said Theriot. “To give her credit, she did a great job defensively and she blocked and altered a bunch of shots. I think she worked so hard defensively that she didn’t do as much offensively.”
The pace of the game slowed tremendously in the fourth quarter allowing the Ladies to outscore the Lady Pios 7-5 in the final eight minutes.
Dugar, who scored all seven of Crowley’s fourth quarter points, finished the night with 19 points. Teara Breaux and Alana Plummer each added four points and Rogers finished with two.
Notre Dame was led by Gabbie Romero with 11 points, including three 3-pointers. Madelyn LeJeune followed close behind with 10.
Elise LeBeouf added eight points, Hanna Esthay scored six and Alex Miller had five. Liddy Rothermel and Sam Lyons scored two points each while Katherine Kirsch and Annie Sarver rounded out the scoring with one point each.