Pressure busts pipes and Holy Savior Menard experienced a leak that was as big as a lake.
The Lady Eagles could not withstand Lake Arthur’s press defense as they fell, 58-25, in the second round of the LHSAA Class 2A playoffs Tuesday.
Menard (22-9) was overwhelmed by the Lady Tigers’ pressure as the team could not get its offense going. Missed shots and turnovers hurt the Lady Eagles as Lake Arthur commanded the entire game.
“I think we played a little nervous to start off the game,” Lady Eagles coach Robert Flowers said. “In our style of ball, when you get behind, it’s extremely hard to catch up. The half-court trap gave us some problems and they went to the full-court press because they moved it in and out. It makes it difficult and hard to win.”
Lake Arthur (26-5) was led by seniors Anna Shaw and Morgan Woods, who both created an inside-outside tandem. Shaw — a McNeese State signee — had 17 points and made 13 of 17 free throws, while Woods added 14 points.
“(Shaw’s) an extremely good ball player and we couldn’t stop her from going to the goal,” Flowers said. “(Woods kept) hitting the outside shots and that’s it in a nutshell.”
Menard vs.Lake Arthur Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015.
Menard found a tough time getting in a rhythm, as sophomore Maddie Smith led the team with nine points.
However, with the Lady Eagles only losing one senior — Midori Mickel — and retaining all of their starters, there is hope from Flowers that they can push even further next year.
“We have a good nucleus coming back,” Flowers said. “If we work hard next year, hopefully we’ll go a lot further than we did this year.”
As for Lake Arthur, it will await the winner of the Winnfield/North Caddo game, which was pushed back to Wednesday due to the winter weather that has reshuffled numerous games across the state.
The Lady Tigers are poised to return to the Top 28 this year, where they lost to Doyle in the semifinals.
“It’s going to take a lot of focus to get back,” said Lake Arthur coach Edie Higgins, a former coach at Oak Hill when she was known by her maiden name of Edie Leonards. “We have to get back our offensive rhythm. In the last two games, we’ve struggled in the beginning. We have to get back to our original offensive flow.”