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THE POST-SIGNAL / Chris Quebedeaux
Crowley High’s Akia Richardson pulls up for a shot during the Ladies’ 45-19 victory over Sacred Heart in tournament play Wednesday in Ville Platte.

Defense propels CHS Ladies past Sacred Heart

The Crowley Ladies used a smothering defense and a balanced offensive attack to cruise past tournament host Sacred Heart, 45-14, in their final game of the Turkey Shoutout.
Offensively, the Ladies took advantage of what Sacred Heart was giving them and it worked well as eight players collected points in the victory.
“We were a little more patient today with what they were trying to do,” said CHS coach Alton Allen. “They were trapping in the corner so the high post was open. We did a good job of getting the ball to the open person and they knocked down shots.”
The Trojans, on the other hand, struggled throughout offensively, especially in the first three quarters were they scored just eight points.
The Trojans managed just four points in the opening frame and then were held scoreless in the second quarter and trailed 23-4 heading into the break.
It was a defensive change by the Ladies that caused the hosts the most problems.
“I like playing a 1-3-1 and I think it’s going to help us along the way. But we kind of got out of it and went to a 2-3 and that caused problems for them so we stuck with it,” said Allen, whose team forced over 20 turnovers on the night.
The Ladies kept their foot on the gas in the second half.
Akia Richardson poured in six of her game-high 12 points in the third quarter and the Ladies forced eight turnovers as the lead ballooned to 38-8.
Allen went deeper into his bench in the final frame and every player on the roster saw playing time as the Trojans finally got some shots to fall.
They outscored the Ladies 11-7 over the final eight minutes.
“This was a good victory for us,” said Allen, whose squad fell in their first two games of the tournament. “We lost back-to-back games that we probably should have won had we done a few things better. We wanted to finish (the tournament) on a high note and we did.
“Hopefully this will set the tone for when we get back to school and get ready for two big games next week.”
The Ladies play host to Church Point on Tuesday (6 p.m.) and then travel to Franklin on Thursday.

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