LONGVILLE – The Crowley Gents’ inability to hold on to a fourth-quarter lead proved costly yet again on Saturday.
The Gents (9-11, 0-2) squandered a six-point lead in the final two minutes and Grant Thibodeaux’s putback at the buzzer gave South Beauregard just enough to finish off a stirring comeback as the Knights rallied for a dramatic 49-47 victory.
The loss was Crowley’s second straight in league play, both of which the Gents lost in the final minutes.
“We’re leading late, but we’re just not finishing,” said Crowley coach Derrick Boone following the loss. “You have to play for all four quarters and we’re just not doing that.
“Against Iowa last week, we had the lead with a minute to go and, today, we had the lead with two minutes to go. But turnovers and a few miscues on defense really hurt us in both games.”
The Gents led by as many as six in the final frame when Charles Onezine drilled a 3-pointer with 6:04 remaining.
The Knights rallied back behind 11 fourth-quarter points from forward Chad Barmore and cut the lead to 47-45 with just over a minute to go.
The Gents then missed the front end of a one-and-one and Barmore was able to tie the game at 47-47 on a shot in the lane with just under a minute remaining.
The Gents attempted to stall the ball for the last shot, but, instead, they ended turning the ball over, setting up Thibodeaux’s heroics.
“We played well for the better part of three quarters as far as controlling the tempo and taking good shots,” said Boone. “We just didn’t play good ball control in the last two minutes of the game.”
Barmore, who was pretty much a non factor for the first three quarters, was nearly unstoppable in the paint in the final frame.
“He moved well, he had good post moves,” said Boone. “He got the rebounds, he had the putbacks and he shot well in the paint. Everything he put up in the paint in the fourth quarter he pretty much made.”
South Beauregard took an early 10-7 lead before Crowley rallied to tie the game at 21-21 at the break.
The Gents fell behind 30-24 midway through the third quarter, but they rallied back on a pair of 3-pointers from Onezine and five points from Damon Malbrough to take a 35-32 advantage at the end of the frame.
Onezine’s 3-pointer early in the fourth gave Crowley a 42-36 advantage before South Beauregard’s rally. The Knights went on to outscore the Gents 5-0 in the final minute to steal the victory.
Damon and Danny Malbrough paced the Gents with 14 and 10 points, respectively. Onezine followed with nine points, Marcus Williams added six and Andre Mills had four. Leroy Washington and Jesse Harmon each finished with two points.
Barmore led the Knights with 17 points and Thibodeaux had 11.
The Gents return to action this evening when they play host to Jennings. The girls’ varsity game is slated for 6 p.m. with the boys’ varsity to follow.
South Beauregard 54
Crowley Ladies 43
Mercedes Rogers poured in a game-high 30 points, but it wasn’t enough Saturday in the CHS Ladies’ District 4-3A matchup at South Beauregard.
The Lady Knights fended off a late rally and outscored the Ladies 17-11 in the fourth quarter to walk away with the victory.
The Ladies (10-7, 1-1) trailed for most of the contest before cutting the lead to 41-37 with five minutes remaining in the game.
That was as close as they would get.
Morgan Daily scored 11 of her 29 points in the final frame as the Lady Knights outscored the Ladies 13-6 down the stretch.
Tiara Dugar followed Rogers with eight points, Teara Breaux added three and Myah Rogers had two.
Notre Dame Lady Pios 77
Iowa Lady Yellow Jackets 27
CROWLEY – The Notre Dame Lady Pios went on a scoring frenzy Saturday in their District 4-3A matchup with Jennings.
All 11 players on the Lady Pios roster contributed, three scoring in double figures, in a 50-point drubbing of Iowa at A.B. Dore gym.
The Lady Pios also limited their opponent to just 27 points for the third straight game.
“I thought we had great focus,” said ND coach Nolan Theriot, whose team improved to 17-4 on the season and 2-0 in league play. “We’ve been challenging our girls to play more to a standard and not just to an opponent and we really came out on fire.”
The Lady Pios went on a 23-4 run in the first quarter and it didn’t get any better for the visiting Lady Dogs from there.
Notre Dame took a 42-11 at the break and then went on a 22-4 run in the third quarter.
The Lady Pios outscored Iowa 13-12 in the fourth.
Gabbie Romero and Alex Miller led the Lady Pios with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Madelyn LeJeune also hit double figures with 12 points.
Liddy Rothermel followed with nine points and Katherine Kirsch, Tori Onebane and Annie Sarver each had six, Elise LeBeouf added four and Hanna Esthay had three. Sam Lyons and Elizabeth Dartez each scored two.
Notre Dame travels to Westlake tonight for a 6 p.m. contest.