Taking care of business, ball, Lady K’s extend win streak to six
Published 2:00 pm Wednesday, December 7, 2022
LONGVILLE — After an hour-long delay to the start of the game and a slow start, South Beauregard straightened things out to pull away for a 59-41 win over Midland Tuesday night in a high school girls basketball game.
The Lady K’s started 1-for-6 from the field with three turnovers and trailed 10-4 after a bucket in the lane by Midland’s Tara Savoy.
Then it was as if South Beauregard (6-2) flipped a switch as it didn’t commit another turnover until there was 2 minutes left in the second quarter. By that point they had turned a six-point deficit into a seven-point lead to extend its win streak to six since starting the season 0-2.
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“They are so coachable,” South Beauregard head coach Susan Johnson said. “They took care of the basketball better. The style of game we play, we turn the ball over a lot. We have been harping on them about just taking care of the basketball. I really feel like they did.
“They share the basketball and see each other. Sometimes we will touch the ball four times before we shoot. That was not always our strong point. We are always just a running team, and we could score off of our defense. Now we have the post, we have the guards, so we can actually run a play — we don’t like to — but when we need to we will.”
The game was delayed from its 6 p.m. start after game officials had to take an alternate route to the game because of an accident.
Raelyn Gunter hit a bucket in transition with 2:55 left in the first quarter to cut the Rebels’ lead to 10-9, and Jalyn Williams scored on a fast break on a feed from Emorie Fontenot to take an 11-10 lead. Williams scored a game-high 17 points. Guard Jaden LeBoeuf added 12 points, and forward Kenzie Hudler finished with 12.
The Rebels got the lead back one more time, 12-11, on a layup by Caitlyn Boudreaux, but the Lady K’s held them scoreless for more than 2 minutes to spark an 8-0 run. South Beauregard took the lead, 13-12, for good on a fast-break basket by Kaelyn Gunter with 1:23 left in the first quarter, then steadily built that lead to 33-23 at the half to break Midland’s (13-4) nine-game win streak.
“Defense has been our saving grace,” Johnson said. “We spend most of our practice on defense.
“Props to Midland. They are a great team. You can’t find any better coaches than Christy (Hebert) and Gretchen (Dore). I think that we were a great match. We have strong bigs, they have strong bigs. We have good guards, they have good guards. I said it would be whoever comes out and plays the hardest.”