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THE POST-SIGNAL / Chris Quebedeaux
Iota’s Daniel Simon goes up for two of his 28 points during the Bulldogs’ 59-36 victory over Sacred Heart Wednesday in Ville Platte.

Simon leads Iota past Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart had no answer for Iota’s Daniel Simon in the final game of the SHVP Turkey Shootout.
Simon recorded a handful of blocks to go along with well over 10 rebounds against the host Trojans.
More importantly, he torched then nets for a game-high 28 points to help led the Bulldogs to an impressive 59-36 victory.
“When Daniel stays in control, he can do some damage,” said IHS coach Stacy Bertrand. “He did a great job in the paint and he did a great job at the free throw line. He’s been working on that and he’s doing a good job for us.”
Simon’s performance helped the Dogs log their first victory of the season after they dropped their first two games of the tournament to Cecilia and J.S. Clark.
“We needed this one here to gain some confidence,” said Bertrand. “We just haven’t been playing well together, but it’s going to happen once we get some games under our belt.”
Simon poured in eight points in the opening frame and the Bulldogs raced out to a 20-10 advantage.
The Trojans trimmed the lead to seven early in the second quarter, but Kyle Thibodeaux’s 3-pointer near the end of the frame sent the Bulldogs into the locker room with a 30-18 advantage.
Simon scored six more points during a 9-3 run by Iota to start the third quarter and his bucket just before the buzzer put the Dogs up 43-28 entering the final frame.
The Trojans didn’t get much closer than that. They cut the lead to 12 (47-35) with 4:55 remaining in the final frame, but Iota went on a 12-1 run from there to close out the game.
Joining Simon in double figures was Kyle Thibodeaux with 11 points. Owen Daigle added seven points, Kolton Morgan, Kyle Guidry and Andrew Thibodeaux each had four points and Micah Renfro finished with two.
The Bulldogs return to action Monday with a road contest at Jennings.

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