For 16 minutes, anyway.
After that, it was no contest.
The Ladies, who led by only a point at the half (16-15) outscored the Lady Dogs 13-1 in the third quarter and went on from there to post a 43-24 District 4-3A victory.
The Lady Dogs (1-14, 0-3) led by as many as five in the first half.
“We finally got in a little bit better rhythm in the second half,” said Crowley coach Alton Allen, whose squad outscored Jennings 27-9 in the final two frames. “We got a spark from a few players off the bench and we got a little intensity on defense, which wasn’t there in the first half.”
The Ladies (11-7, 2-1) struggled early in the game and trailed 15-13 with under a minute to go in the half before Tiara Dugar’s 3-pointer just before the half gave the Ladies a one-point advantage.
“Our timing was off and I’m hoping that just had something to do with the weather and us not being able to practice for a few days,” said Allen of his team’s offensive production in the first half. “We just weren’t in sync. Whatever we got into, we didn’t run it well.
“We were just standing around too much and we weren’t running our offense through. Unless you’re moving, the defense is not going to move and we didn’t make the defense move much.”
Free throw shooting and missed shots in the paint also stymied the Ladies early.
They connected on just 14 of their 29 free throw attempts on the night and they missed countless shots under the goal on either layups or putbacks.
“Free throw shooting just killed us; it’s bad,” said Allen. “We have to shoot free throws well and we didn’t do that and we have to finish when we have the opportunities and we didn’t do that.
“We missed a lot of shots under the goal. We’ve got to finish when we get opportunities because a layup for a girl is almost like a dunk for a guy. We missed a lot of opportunities tonight that against a better team, that will cost us.”
Fortunately, the Ladies were able to do a better job on the offensive side in the second half.
Dugar hit a free throw to start the frame and then Taylor Dapremont hit a jumper shortly after to push the lead to four. On Jennings’ ensuing possession, Dapremont stole the inbounds pass and hit a layup to give the Ladies a 21-15 advantage.
Raven Ardoin added a basket from the wing, Alanna Plummer connected on a free throw as the Ladies increased their lead to 29-16 heading into the final stanza.
Mercedes Rogers took over in the fourth quarter by scoring 10 of her game-high 23 points in the final eight minutes.
Dugar followed Rogers with 13 points and Dapremont had four. Ardoin added two points and Plummer had one.
Jennings was led by Jyalni Duplichan with seven points. Racquera Brantley, Amber Wilridge and Kaily Breaux each added four points, Caitlin Prejean had three and Jade Bradley had two.