LACASSINE – The Midland Rebels didn’t exactly shoot the lights out Tuesday.
In fact, they were just 1-for-15 from 3-point range and they shot a dismal 38 percent from the floor.
But what they lacked in offense, they made up for with defense and gutted out a 51-42 road victory over rival Lacassine.
The Rebels improved to 22-7 overall and 5-1 in District 7-B play. The seventh-ranked Cardinals fell to 25-6 and 4-2.
“We didn’t shoot real well, but we defended better than we have been,” said Midland coach Todd Briley, whose team dropped a 45-43 decision to Lacassine in December at the Bell City Tournament. “The last time we played them, we got beat on dribble-penetration 27 times. We got stops tonight and that’s something we hadn’t been doing.
In addition to their defense, the Rebels also got big performances from their big men.
Forwards Darren Arceneaux and Alan Fontenot combined for 30 points and 20 rebounds to help offset the Rebels’ shooting woes from the perimeter.
“Our bigs really played well and they got a number of offensive rebounds,” said Briley.
Arceneaux poured in 18 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Vondenstein finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds despite missing the bulk of the first half due to foul trouble.
“Alan could have had a tremendous game if he wouldn’t have gotten in foul trouble early,” said Briley of Vondenstein who picked up two quick fouls in the first quarter. “But they did a good job when they got it.
“Alan did a good job of taking it to the rim and finishing and Darren got quite a few offensive rebounds and some putbacks, which was good.”
Arceneaux and Vondenstein scored four points each early in the first quarter to help Midland build a 10-3 lead but Lacassine went on an 8-2 run to end the frame.
Each team scored 14 points in the second quarter before Midland outscored the Cardinals 9-7 in the third to take a 35-32 advantage.
Vondenstein and Gautreaux each scored six points in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
“This was a big win for us,” said Briley, whose team sits one game behind league leader Hathaway.
“We came in with our backs against the wall and we gutted it out. We need to win the rest of them or someone else will win the district.”
Gautreaux added 15 points in the victory while Randy Primeaux scored four and Stephen Primeaux had two
In the girls’ game, the Lady Rebels weren’t as fortunate; they dropped a 76-45 decision to the Lady Cardinals.
The Lady Rebels fell to 14-16 overall and 2-3 in league play. Lacassine improved to 31-1 and 5-0.
The Lady Rebels kept it close in first quarter and trailed just 20-14 before Lacassine caught fire in the following two frames.
The Lady Cardinals scored 22 points in the second quarter and 25 in the third to pull away.
Abbie Melanson and Madyson Brasseaux paced the Lady Cardinals with 32 and 30 points, respectively.
Midland was led by Katie Woods with 18 points. Brooke Comeaux followed with 13 points, Nicole Kraut added eight, Tori Craigen scored three, Kristen Breaux had two and Elizabeth Istre finished with one.