CROWLEY – The Crowley Gents were looking to end a two-game district slide and get out of the cellar in league play Tuesday when they played host to the Jennings Bulldogs.
Unfortunately, the hole only got deeper for the Gents.
Jennings outscored the Gents 36-24 in the second and third quarters and fended off a late rally to upend the Gents, 57-52 and send the hosts to their third straight league loss.
The Gents fell to 9-12 overall and 0-3 in league play with the loss. Jennings improved to 9-10 and 2-1.
“We had opportunities, but we turned the ball over too much late in the game,” said CHS coach Derrick Boone, whose team had 12 turnovers in the second half and three in the final minute. “Any time is the wrong time for a turnover, but we are turning the ball over at the crucial time in games where we really need scores.”
The Gents battled back from a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to 51-50 with just over a minute left and giving them a chance to at least tie the game. But a missed free throw and then a lane violation on the second attempt enabled Jennings to keep the one-point advantage.
Each team then turned the ball over twice within a matter of seconds, but the Bulldogs were able to capitalize on the Gents’ second miscue when Draylon Perkins picked up a steal and went coast-to-coast for a layup.
Jennings Chris Perkins then drained two free throws before Andre Mills connected on two freebies of his own to trim the lead to 55-52 with five seconds remaining.
Malik Williams then put the game away with a pair of free throws.
“Those back-to-back turnovers kind of took the wind out of our sails,” said Boone. “We fought back but they hit the free throws down the stretch.”
The Gents didn’t help themselves along the way; they missed countless shoots in the paint.
“When you have 15 missed layups, that’s 30 points we left out there,” said Boone. “It’s hard to win when you have that many missed layups.”
Crowley actually led 15-9 after the first quarter, but Jennings rallied in the second frame and took a 29-26 advantage into the half behind 11 points from Chris Perkins.
The Gents regained the lead (30-29) on a Damon Malbrough layup with 6:43 left in the third quarter but again the Bulldogs answered, this time with a 16-8 run to take a 45-38 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
Marcus Williams and Damon Malbrough each finished the night with 16 points in the losing effort. Andre Mills followed with eight points, Charles Onezine added six, Danny Malbrough scored four and Jesse Harmon had two.
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WESTLAKE – The Notre Dame Lady Pios put 40 points on the board in the first half and cruised past Westlake Tuesday in a District 4-3A contest.
The victory sent the Lady Pios to 18-4 on the season and, more importantly, it put them at 3-0 in league play.
Notre Dame’s defensive play was just as impressive as the offense as the Lady Pios limited the Lady Rams to just eight first- half points before holding them scoreless in the third quarter.
Offensively, Alex Miller and Gabbie Romero led the charge with 14 and 10 points, respectively. Liddy Rothermel and Hanna Esthay followed with nine points each, Madelyn LeJeune and Katherine Kirsch each added eight, Sam Lyons had seven and Elise LeBeouf had four.
WESTLAKE – The Westlake Rams scored 23 points in the first quarter and never looked back in a 23-point victory over Notre Dame Tuesday evening.
The Pios (3-18, 0-3) trailed 44-20 heading into the fourth quarter when they outscored the Rams, 13-12.
Trey Milstead led the Pios with 16 points. Hunter Meche added six points and Luke Habetz had five. Joe Stringfellow, Jacob Leleux and Christian Landry rounded out Notre Dame’s scoring with two points each.
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IOTA – Mallory Faul poured in 26 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in helping lead the Iota Lady Bulldogs to a convincing victory over Oakdale Tuesday.
Iota improved to 7-15 on the season and 2-0 in league play with the victory.
Jillian Boone added 18 points and six assists and Cambri St. Andre scored seven points.
Also contributing in the victory were: Brittany Johnson, five points; Madison Smith and Alexis St. Andre, four each and Paige Soirez, three.
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IOTA – The Oakdale Warriors outscored Iota 14-8 in the fourth quarter to slip away with a league victory Tuesday evening.
Zack Hebert poured in 20 points in the loss. He was followed by Luke Reed and Kyle Smith with seven points each and Tristan Fontenot had five. Garrett Reppond added four points, Deandre Curtis had three and Kade Hebert had two.
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CROWLEY – Northside Christian had three players score in double figures Tuesday as the Warriors slipped past Hackberry in a District 7-C showdown.
The Warriors improved to 9-10 overall and 1-0 in league play.
Kade Miller, Tracy Wilridge and Nathan Zeller combined for 44 points in the victory. Miller led the way with 17 points and eight rebounds, Wilridge had 15 points and five assists and Zeller had 12 points and six rebounds.
Also contributing in the victory were Ty Wilson with eight points and six assists and Nick Zaunbrecher with eight points and five rebounds.