NEW IBERIA – The Notre Dame Lady Pios were virtually unstoppable in the first half Tuesday in their road contest at Westgate High School.
The Lady Pios (8-1) knocked down six of seven 3-pointers and scored 42 points in the first two quarters en route to a 56-42 victory over the Lady Tigers.
“We were able to do pretty much what we wanted to do in the first half,” said ND coach Nolan Theriot. “Most of our stuff came off of transition offense, which I’m really pleased about because we’re not always going to be able to get steals and make layups.
“They (Westgate) zoned us up in the first half and we got a lot of open looks. We got the ball to some people and they knocked down shots.”
Gabbie Romero knocked down her share in the first half. The junior guard drilled four 3-pointers and scored 18 of her game-high 21 points in the first two frames.
“We were rolling in the first half,” said Theriot. “We were running offense and kids were getting open.”
Romero’s offensive outburst helped the Lady Pios jump out to a 42-19 lead in the first half.
The third quarter, however, wasn’t as impressive.
Westgate rallied behind 10 points from Diamonique Curvin and cut the lead to 46-31.
“We kind of took the foot off the pedal and it showed,” said Theriot, whose squad scored just four points in the third quarter. “We turned the ball over a lot. In the first three minutes of the third quarter we had an opportunity to really take their will and we didn’t do it and we allowed them to stay in the ballgame.”
The Lady Pios picked it back up in the fourth and traded baskets with the Lady Tigers as each team scored 11 points in the final frame.
“We really didn’t play well in the second half,” said Theriot. “It was a 15-point victory, but it seemed a lot closer.”
Liddy Rothermel followed Romero with eight points and Hanna Esthay had seven. Annie Sarver and Katherine Kirsch each added five points, Madelyn LeJeune had four, Tori Onebane had three, Elise Lebeouf scored two and Sam Lyons finished with one.
Pios fall short
CROWLEY – A late rally by Catholic High of New Iberia spoiled the Pios’ hopes of earning their second victory of the season Tuesday evening at A.B. Dore gym.
Catholic hit a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter and then added a pair of free throws with seconds remaining to slip away with a 35-32 victory over the Pios.
“It came down to the last two minutes,” said ND coach Donald Adams, whose squad led for most of the contest. “We had control of the game for 3 1/2 quarters. We had the lead, we just couldn’t pull away.
“But I couldn’t be prouder of our performance. The kids played their hearts out and we put ourselves in position to win. I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
Notre Dame had one last shot to possibly tie the game, but Jacob Leleux’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer rimmed out.
Jacob Leleux and Tre Milstead paced the Pios with 10 and eight points, respectively. John Duos added six points, Tyler Simar and Joe Stringfellow each had three and Brent Didier had two.