Kaplan’s Leah Frick (right) gets in the face of NV’s Abigail Lopez in Friday’s game.
North Vermilion Lady Patriots move step closer to district title
KAPLAN - North Vermilion head coach Casey Meador did not want to say that the Lady Patriots just won the District 8-3A title after beating Kaplan 44-39 on Friday.
The Lady Patriots improved to 8-0 in the district with three district games remaining. The KHS Lady Pirates dropped to 7-2 in district and 18-11 overall.
“We are in the driver’s seat, but, I don’t want to become too complaisant by talking about being district champions. We can slip up.”
NV has Erath, Abbeville, and Patterson remaining on its schedule.
The first half looked like it was going to be all North Vermilion. With four minutes to play in the first half, the Lady Patriots had a comfortable 13 point lead, but then Kaplan made a small run and cut that lead to seven points (26-19) at half time.
North Vermilion’s defense shut down Kaplan’s best shooter, Alyia Broussard. Broussard came into the game averaging 22 points a game. She was held to only two points in the first half.
The game got interesting in the second half thanks to Kaplan’s defense cooling off NV’s top two scorers.
The Lady Pirates got back into the game by scoring 11 points and holding NV to only two. Those two points came at the buzzer when Kennedy Trahan hit a jumper.
Kaplan’s Whitney Boullion made a basket under the goal that gave Kaplan its first lead, 27-26, of the game at the 3:39 mark.
The fourth quarter was back and forth with the lead changing hands three times and the game tied twice.
Kaplan’s final lead (32-31) was with 5:21 left in the game on Broussard’s inside shot.
NV extended the lead back to three points, but the Lady Pirates answered.
With 1:12 to play in the game, the Lady Patriots held a slim 41-39 lead. NV scored the final three points in the last minutes of the game.
Gabbie Bessard, who finished with 16 points, made a layup with less than 10 seconds remaining to secure the NV win.
Trahan led with 18 points.
“Coach told me to step up my game,” said Trahan. “I can not take the credit. It was a team effort. It took the team to get this win, not just me.”
Jace Myers and Kennedy Semien had four points each for NV.
Broussard finished with 11 points, and Jé Johnnie had 10. Boullion made 7, and Leah Frick chipped in with 5.