SCOTT — The Sam Houston girls basketball team downed Acadiana 40-26 in a District 3-5A game Friday night.
The combination of Sam Houston’s size in the post and guard Miracle Simon’s scoring touch from outside proved too much for Acadiana to handle.
“(Simon’s) a phenomenal player, probably is one of the two or three best players in this district,” said Acadiana coach Nic Jeffers. “And their coach did a nice job of getting her into good spots to be effective.”
Simon finished with 21 points, including three 3-pointers.
The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Rams and was their first since losing a three-point game to Iota on Dec. 23.
Acadiana (11-5, 2-2) struggled in the first half, scoring only seven points. The offense was stymied by Sam Houston’s height. Turnovers also helped hurt the Rams.
Jeffers said he thought the Rams had more turnovers in the first half than made field goals.
“We just couldn’t get it going,” Jeffers said. “Some tough mistakes on the court.
“You can’t rebound turnovers. We just needed to get more field goal attempts.”
Acadiana forward Nia Antoine scored five of the Rams seven points in the first half and was an active rebounder.
Antoine finished as the Rams leading scorer with 12 points and top rebounder, proving particularly effective in getting offensive rebounds, which helped the Rams claw back into the game in the second half.
Jeffers said he was impressed with her effort considering Sam Houston had the size to stop her offensive game.
“She’s averaging a double-double this season for us,” Jeffers said. “So her hitting the boards hard despite not getting great looks on offense helped us.”
Acadiana had their highest scoring quarter after the halftime, but the defense couldn’t hold Sam Houston’s offense at bay in order to make a run.
Rams guard Diamond Francis canned two straight jumpers for the Rams, but Simon answered with back-to-back 3-pointers to end the run.
“Typically we feed off of our defense,” Jeffers said. “But they prepared for what we do, so hats off to them.”
Sam Houston attacked the Rams zone defense by placing Simon in the middle and letting players cut to the basket, utilizing her play-making skills.
Next game for Acadiana will be against Sulphur at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.