MIDLAND – A four-point first quarter wasn’t exactly the start the Notre Dame Lady Pios were hoping for Thursday in their second game of the Midland Holiday Spectacular.
Iota jumped out to an early 10-4 advantage and had the Lady Pios on their heels after the first eight minutes of play.
Thankfully for the Lady Pios, the drought didn’t last long.
Notre Dame took a one-point advantage (14-13) at the break and then exploded for 39 points in the second half to pull away for a 43-33 victory over the Lady Dogs.
“We have been scoring a lot of points and for them to hold us down to four points in the first quarter was a little frustrating,” said Notre Dame coach Nolan Theriot. “Some of it was them (Iota) but most of it was us with unforced turnovers.
“But we changed up some stuff in the second half, created some mismatches and we executed much better in the last two quarters.”
In the second half, Theriot moved guard Alex Miller to the post and Iota countered by doubling her from the corner. That left Madelyn LeJeune wide open and the sophomore made the Lady Dogs pay.
LeJeune hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 points in the third quarter to lead Notre Dame on an 18-7 run, extending the Lady Pios lead to 32-20.
“Moving Alex to the post created some open shots for us and Madelyn knocked them down,” said Theriot. “Hats off to here (LeJeune). Just because you’re wide open doesn’t mean you’re going to knock them down, but she did.”
Notre Dame’s defense was also on point, especially in the second and third quarter.
Iota was able to manage just one bucket in the second frame, a last-second 3-pointer by Paige Soirez, and seven points in the third.
“The second and third quarters were our best, defensively,” said Theriot. “We gave up a last-second three in the second, otherwise they go scoreless. And we lost some people in transition in the third quarter. We could have very easily held them scoreless in two quarters. I thought the defense was that good.”
To Iota’s credit, the Lady Dogs did knock down seven 3-pointers on the night.
Brittany Johnson and Jillian Boone each knocked down a pair of long balls while Soirez, Mallory Faul and Madison Smith each hit one.
Boone led the Lady Dogs with 10 points while Cambri St. Andre had seven. Johnson followed with six points, Faul, Soirez and Smith each had three and Alexis St. Andre had one.
The Lady Pios were paced by LeJeune’s 17-point outburst.
Gabbie Romero and Sam Lyons each added six points, Miller had five and Tori Onebane scored three. Katherine Kirsch, Hanna Esthay and Elise LeBeouf rounded out the scoring with two points each.
Lady Rebels rally
The Midland Lady Rebels overcame and early deficit and outscored Comeaux 22-17 in the second half to walk away with a 45-34 victory over the Lady Spartans Thursday evening.
The Lady Spartans jumped out to a 12-9 lead in the first quarter before Midland rallied to take a 23-17 advantage into the break behind a pair of second quarter 3-pointers from Melody Hebert.
Kristen Breaux took over in the third quarter and poured in eight of her game-high 14 points to help the Lady Rebels push their lead to 36-26.
The Lady Rebels hit just two shots from the floor in the final eight minutes, but sealed the victory by hitting five of their seven free throw attempts in the fourth quarter.
Hebert hit three 3-pointers and finished the night with 11 points. Bethany LeJeune followed with seven points while Brooke Comeaux had five. Kalli Benoit and Katie Woods each scored four.
Comeaux was led by Abbie Guidry with 11 points. Alisha Cretchain and Ashley Buras each had seven.
past Notre Dame
The Midland Rebels got off to a quick start and never looked back in a dominating 72-21 victory over the Notre Dame Pioneers.
Midland jumped out to a 25-6 lead in the first quarter and it didn’t get any better for the Pios after that.
The Rebels reeled off 24 more points in the second frame before outscoring the Pios 25-10 in the second half.
Jake Gautreaux and Darren Arceneaux led the Rebels with 17 and 16 points, respectively.
Randy Primeaux followed with 12 points, Alan Vondenstein added nine and Devin Gautreaux scored seven. Stephen Primeaux scored six points and Nick Primeaux rounded out the attack with five.
Trey Milstead paced the Pios with 10 points. Hunter Meche added four points while Boedy Borill and Joe Stringfellow each had three. Alex Thomas capped the Pios offense with one point.