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Vandebilt tops Lady Roneagles


It was a game of big runs and hot streaks.

In the end, Vandebilt Catholic made one more run than its opponent.

The Lady Terriers overcame a 3-point deficit in the final 3 minutes to down McDonough 35, 52-44, in nondistrict girls basketball play on Thursday in Houma.

After trailing 41-38 late in the game, Vandebilt (16-3 overall) responded with a 6-0 run. Jasmine Howard made a basket at the 2:12 mark and Sade’ Murrell banked a shot off the glass with under a minute to play to put the Lady Terriers in front, 44-41.

With Vandebilt leading 45-42, a costly turnover by McDonough 35 (10-9) resulted in the Lady Roneagles having to foul.

Vandebilt’s Shakira Harding missed a one-and-one foul shot, but Murrell alertly grabbed the rebound.

Harding soon went back to the line and sank both free throws this time to make it 47-42 with less than 30 seconds to play.

From there, Vandebilt put the game out of reach at the free-throw line.

Two foul shots by Jewel Triggs upped the lead to 49-42, and Harding added two more after a McDonough 35 basket to make it 51-44 with 11.9 seconds to go as Vandebilt held on for the victory.

Murrell’s foul shot with 1.3 seconds to play capped the scoring for the Lady Terriers.

“There still was plenty of time left on the clock — three minutes — so we called a timeout and went to a different set and it worked for us,” Vandebilt coach Kathy Luke said. “They played a 1-3-1 the entire game, and you don’t see that defense much. It’s something you don’t want to spend a ton of time preparing for. When you don’t see it a lot, you’ve got to knock down your shots.”

Harding led Vandebilt with 13 points and Howard had 12 points.

Triggs added nine points, Cassidy Barrios had eight points, and Murrell finished with seven as Vandebilt distributed its scoring equally around the floor.

“We didn’t shoot the ball extremely well (Thursday), but we scored when we had to score,” Luke said.

The Lady Terriers used a jumper from Howard to score the game’s first points and later in the opening period embarked on a 10-0 run capped by a 3-pointer at the top of the key from Harding to take a 12-5 lead. Vandebilt led, 12-10, after the first quarter.

The Lady Terriers had trouble making some of their shots fall early in the second period but when Howard launched and sunk a 3-pointer from the corner with 2:30 to play in the half, the Lady Terriers had opened up a 24-18 lead.

McDonough 35 cut the lead to 26-23 by halftime and quickly made it a one-point game to begin the third quarter as the game stayed tight. In the fourth quarter, Vandebilt fell behind for the first time since the opening period with 4:21 to play when Kaitlyn Pratt made consecutive baskets underneath to put the Lady Roneagles up, 41-38.

McDonough 35 wouldn’t lead again after that.

“We made a few mistakes on the free-throw line when we had some opportunities to get the ball back,” McDonough 35 coach Danielle Allen-Lewis said. “On two (missed) free throws in a row, (Vandebilt) ended up getting offensive rebounds. That was the difference right there because the game stayed pretty close the whole time.” 

Pratt finished with a game-high 33 points, leading the Lady Roneagles in scoring.

Kadija Garner (six points) and Bronte’ Tate (five points) were the only other scorers in the game for McDonough 35.