The 40-34 win propelled the Lady Pios into a league playoff game against Jennings this week for the runner-up spot in District 4-3A. The teams both finished 6-4 and split league games this season.
Notre Dame established an inside presence with two quick baskets to start the game. Alex Miller took a pass from Sam Lyons for a layup on the first possession. Miller then dished inside to Marie Ledet to put the Pios up 4-0.
South Beauregard came storming back with three straight buckets and the teams exchanged leads back and forth with physical defensive play as the Knights went up 20-17 at the half.
But it would be the Notre Dame inside game that would repeatedly bail the Pios out of trouble.
Miller started the second half with a spinning move in the lane for two points. Mary Charles and Ledet took passes out of the Pios motion offense and drove the lane for layups to put the Pios ahead, 26-21.
South Beauregard again answered for a one point, 27-26, lead heading into the final period. Mallory Chiasson got the lead back on a pass from Gabbie Romero and after the Knights responded on their end of the floor, Romero and Ledet each hit two free throws to put Notre Dame up for god at 34-31.
The Lady Pios made just one 3-pointer and it came seconds later with just over two minutes to play. Marie Ledet swished the net from the top of the key for a 37-32 lead.
Notre Dame secured the win at the free throw line, sinking six of nine from the stripe in the fourth quarter. Romero converted one of two with 38 seconds to play and Miller drained two with 25 seconds left for the final score.
Ledet led a balanced scoring effort with nine points, Miller and Charles scored seven points each and Lyons and Romero added six points apiece. Chiasson chipped in four points.
The Lady Pios finish the regular season 18-13.
In boys action, Notre Dame came out tough getting a pair of scoring plays each from Tre Milstead and Jermerrio Lollis. The Pios trailed 16-12 after a quarter, but South Beauregard used a full court trapping defense to create turnovers and easy baskets for a 42-22 halftime lead.
The Knights knocked down eight 3-point shots and played their starters and full court pressure defense deep into the fourth quarter for an eventual 90-33 win.
Lollis led the Pios with 12 points and Milstead scored 11. Christian Landry added four points and Luke Habetz chipped in three points.