CROWLEY – The Crowley Gents seemed to be in total control Tuesday in their District 4-3A opener against Iowa.
The Gents controlled the tempo and limited the Yellow Jackets to just 26 points in the first three quarters.
But it all went south in the final frame.
The Yellow Jackets caught fire and the Gents went cold in the final period, enabling Iowa to pull out a 44-39 victory in the league opener for both teams.
Iowa outscored the Gents, 18-8 in the final period.
“We just got outside of our offense there in the fourth quarter,” said CHS coach Derrick Boone, whose squad fell to 9-10 overall and 0-1 in district play with the loss. “Really, we didn’t play well in the second half. We outscored them in the third quarter, but we just weren’t in a rhythm.”
Iowa’s defense was the main reason for the Gents’ woes in the second half. The Yellow Jackets forced the Gents into 17 turnovers in the final two frames and limited the hosts to just five baskets from the floor.
“We just didn’t run our offense well and we didn’t execute,” said Boone. We didn’t protect the ball, we didn’t play tough on the boards and we missed too many layups and putbacks. We just didn’t execute, bottom line.”
Iowa’s defense also held two of Crowley’s leading scorers - Danny and Damon Malbrough - in check for most of the night. Danny went scoreless while Damon managed just three points.
“Danny and Damon are two of my captains and they usually combine for 20-plus points per game,” said Boone. “When you miss those type points, it makes it tough.
“We just stopped attacking the basket in the second half and we didn’t get those scores that we normally get. With those two (Danny and Damon), they were focusing a lot on defense, but we didn’t get what we needed out of them on offense.”
One bright spot for the Gents was the play of Marcus Williams. The junior forward came off the bench and led the team with a 16-point, 12-rebound performance. He also blocked three shots.
“If I could have had my starters come out like him, we wouldn’t have had a problem,” said Boone. “He came off the bench and did a heck of a job. He did everything I asked him to do. And a lot of those points came from offensive rebounds. He just hustles and has a knack for the ball.”
Andre Mills followed Williams with 10 points and Jeremy Thomas had seven. Jesse Harmon and Damon Malbrough rounded out the Gents’ offense with three points each.
The Gents will be in action again Friday when they travel to Longville to take on South Beauregard at 7 p.m.
JENNINGS – The Notre Dame Pioneers dug themselves a deep hole early and never were able to climb out of it Tuesday in their league opener against Jennings.
The hosts took a 37-20 lead at the half and then poured in 28 points in the third quarter to put the game away.
“We just couldn’t get it together tonight,” said Notre Dame coach Donald Adams. “We got off to a bad start and just couldn’t regroup.
“A lack of offense and poor defense is the only way to explain it. We just never gave ourselves a chance to make it competitive.”
The Pios only trailed by seven (18-11) after the first quarter, but the Bulldogs went on a tear after that and outscored Notre Dame 47-22 over the next two quarters.
Tre Milstead paced the Pios with 17 points while Hunter Meche ad Jacob Leleux added 10 and seven, respectively.
Luke Habetz followed with four points and Alex Thomas had three. Christian Landry and Tyler Simar each scored one point.
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JENNINGS – The Notre Dame Lady Pios ended a two-game slide and they did so in a big way Tuesday.
The Lady Pios scored 39 points in the first half and never looked back in a dominating victory over district foe Jennings.
“This was a good way to start the second part of our season,” said ND coach Nolan Theriot. “We came out the gates and shot the ball well. Jennings is struggling this year, but our girls came out with a lot of intensity and they executed the game plan.”
The Lady Pios jumped out to a 22-6 advantage in the first quarter and increased their lead to 23 (39-16) at the half.
They followed that with 31 points in the final two frames and limited the Lady Dogs to just 11.
Madelyn LeJeune led the Lady Pios with 14 points while Liddy Rothermel and Katherine Kirsch followed with 13 and 11, respectively.
Elise LeBeouf pitched in seven points, Hanna Esthay added six and Alex Miller, Gabbie Romero and Sam Lyons each had five. Elizabeth Dartez and Tonri Onebane rounded out the scoring with four and one point, respectively.
LADY REBELS 47
BELL CITY 44
MIDLAND – Bell City’s Lady Bruins jumped out to an early lead and looked to be well on their way to a District 7-B victory over the Midland Lady Rebels Tuesday evening.
Fortunately, Midland’s Melody Hebert had other ideas.
Hebert helped the Lady Rebels rally from a 14-point deficit by scoring 15 of her game-high 28 points in the final frame to tie the game at 40-40.
She then continued her efforts in the overtime by drilling a 3-pointer to give Midland just its second lead of the game after taking a 1-0 advantage early in the first quarter. She later added four more free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
On the night, Hebert connected on seven of her nine 3-point attempts and went 5-for-6 from the free throw line.
The remarkable comeback thwarted an impressive first half for the Lady Bruins, who jumped out to a 24-9 lead at the break.
Midland oustscored Bell City 10-4 run in the third quarter and and went on a 21-12 tear in the fourth to force the extra period.
Katie Woods and Kristen Breaux each scored nine points in the victory while Bethany LeJeune had one.
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MIDLAND – The Midland Rebels fended off a late rally by outscoring Bell City 17-8 run in the fourth quarter to defeat the visitors in the District 7-B opener for both teams.
The Rebels led 23-7 at the break before Bell City cut the lead to 31-22 heading into the final stanza.
The Rebels put the game away with a 15-2 run early in the fourth quarter behind seven points from Randy Primeaux.
Jake Gautreaux paced the Rebels with 15 points and five assists. Alan Vondenstein added nine points and five rebounds while Randy Primeaux also finished with nine points.
Darren Arceneaux followed with eight points, six rebounds and two blocks and Stephen Primeaux had seven points.
Midland will be in action again Friday when they play host to Lacassine at 7 p.m.
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IOTA – The Iota Lady Bulldogs opened District 5-2A play on a high note Tuesday with an impressive victory against Bunkie.
Mallory Faul led the charge for the Lady Dogs with a double-double. She scored a game-high 21 points and pulled down 19 rebounds in the victory.
Taylor DeVille, in just her second game back after missing four weeks with an injury, scored six points while Jillian Boone and Brittany Johnson each had five. Madison Smith, Alexis St. Andre and Cambri St. Andre scored four points each and Paige Soirez had three.
Iota returns to action Friday when they travel to Pine Prairie for a 6 p.m. showdown.
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CROWLEY – Tiara Dugars and Mercedes Rogers combined for 34 points to lead the CHS Ladies to a dominating victory over Iowa Tuesday.
Dugar led the team in scoring with 19 points while Rogers had another big night with 15 points, 20 rebounds, six steals and five blocks.
Akeela Dugar and Nykelia Winters each added four points, Teara Breaux had two and Taylor Dapremont finished with one.
Ascension Episcopal swept Northside Christian in a District 7-C action.
AES defeated the Lady Warriors, 32-26, in the opener and the Blue Gators topped Northside, 43-37 in the nightcap.
Also, the Iota Bulldogs defeated Bunkie, 61-33 in District 5-2A play.