IOTA – The Iota Lady Bulldogs have been on a tear since the season began and Thursday was no different.
The Lady Dogs followed up Tuesday’s impressive 68-64 victory over five-time defending Class B state champion Fairview with a 58-27 thrashing of Midland.
The victory was Iota’s eighth in a row since losing to Class 5A Hahnville, 41-38, on Dec. 17 in the Sam Houston Tournament. The Lady Dogs now sit at 19-3 on the season heading into Tuesday’s District 5-2A opener at Bunkie.
“Tuesday’s victory (over Fairview) was big for us and the girls have a lot of confidence right now,” said Iota coach Stan Baggett. “I find that we’re playing our best basketball right now. We’re continuing to get better and better as the season goes on.”
Iota’s confidence level was high Thursday and it showed from the opening tip.
Allison Baggett poured in 11 of her game-high 17 points in the opening period to help Iota build a 19-8 lead.
From there, the cushion only got bigger.
The Lady Dogs outscored Midland 13-8 in the second quarter and went on a 14-2 run to start the second half to take a commanding 46-18 advantage.
“We picked up the pressure a little bit in the third quarter,” said Baggett. “We really got after them and caused them some problems.”
Midland had its highest offensive output in the fourth quarter but the Lady Rebels were still outscored 12-9 in the final stanza.
Dominiqua Thomas scored eight points in the first half and finished the night with 13 points for the Lady Dogs. Anna Lege also hit double figures with 12 on four 3-pointers.
Also contributing in the victory were McKenzie Armond with six points, Taylor Deville with four and Adalie Wriborg, Caroline Hebert and Brittany Johnson, each with two.
Midland was led by Bethany LeJeune with six points. Maci Premo added four points and Tori Craigen had three.
Haley Guidry, Melody Hebert, Kalli Benoit, Nakia McZeal, Kristen Breaux, Brooke Comeaux and Elizabeth Istre each scored two.
Midland returns to action on Tuesday when the Lady Rebels travel to Bell City for their District 7-B opener.
Midland Rebels 74
Pine Prairie 42
PINE PRAIRIE – Andrew Hains torched the nets for 23 points in leading Midland to a surprisingly-easy victory over Pine Prairie Friday evening.
The Rebels improved to 19-2 on the season with the victory.
Hains got hot early, scoring 13 points in the first quarter as the Rebels jumped out to a 26-11 lead. The senior guard buried three of his five 3-pointers in the frame.
Midland’s defense took over in the second quarter and held the Panthers to just three points as the Rebels extended their cushion to 39-14 at the intermission.
Alan Vondenstien did most of the damage in the third quarter by pouring in 10 points in the lane to push the Rebels out to a 58-27 lead.
The Rebels went on to outscore the Panthers 16-15 in the final eight minutes of the contest.
Vondenstien finished with 19 points while Darren Arceneaux and Jake Gautreaux each scored seven. Michael Primeaux and Chase Vincent each added five points; Cody Stutes had four and Randy Primeaux and Stephen Primeaux each had two.
Pine Prairie was led by G’Juan Anderson and Byron Jackson with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Midland Lady Rebels 55
Pine Prairie 50
The Midland Lady Rebels overcame a 25-23 halftime deficit and hit 14 of their 16 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter to slip past Pine Prairie Friday.
The Lady Rebels went 0-4 from the charity stripe in the first half but connected on 16 of their 18 attempts in the second half.
The Lady Rebels rallied from the first half deficit and took a slim 35-34 edge heading into the final quarter.
Melody Hebert scored nine points in the fourth quarter, seven from the free throw line, as the Lady Rebels outscored the Lady Panthers 20-16 in the final eight minutes.
Hebert led Midland with 22 points and Haley Guidry had 15. Bethany LeJeune added eight points and Brooke Comeaux had six. Maci Premo and Nakia McZeal rounded out the scoring with two points each.
Kayren Pickens paced the Lady Panthers with 14 points while Kassidy Crawford had eight.
Skee Wilson added six points; Alyssa Jackson, Sabrina Fontenot and Cassie Welch each scored five points and Olivia Chapelle had two.