LAFAYETTE — After Northside won the tip and went up 2-0 in the first quarter, Lafayette Christian coach Errol Rogers decided to have his team hold the ball for the entire quarter Friday in the Teurlings Catholic Tournament.
“As soon as we crossed, we held and I was content going in 2-0,” Rogers said. “I wanted (Northside) to come play because I felt that offensively we did some things that would be successful if they played man.”
Northside coach Gayle Montalvo called Rogers’ tactics “junk ball” and said she’d much rather play the game.
LCA frustrated the Lady Vikings all the way to overtime, but the Knights hit two big shots in the extra period and came away with a 40-35 win.
“I like basketball a lot and I like to play the game,” Montalvo said. “I don’t like when they hold the ball. It’s not fun, and it’s not what anyone wants to see.
“It is very frustrating and the team hates that. We are used to playing ball, but every coach has their own style.
“The objective, I guess, isn’t to enjoy the game and play. The objective is to win.”
The Vikings’ leading scorer was Jo’Naziah Cormier, who had 16 points.
Montalvo said her team — now 14-1 — is poised to have a big year.
“I’ve been with this group for four years,” Montalvo said. “Everyone wants me to lose. Everyone wants Northside to go down. We’re trying to show that we can play basketball and that we can do it with class.”
Northside will face Comeaux in the final Saturday.
Comeaux 52, Teurlings CATHOLOIC 49: Lizzy Ratliff’s 21-point effort fell just short as she had a 3-pointer as time expired to send the game to overtime against Comeaux.
The shot fell short and Comeaux advanced to the tournament final.
Comeaux led by as many as 12 in the fourth quarter before Teurlings’ Renee Delhomme hit two 3-pointers to cut the lead to six.
Tyresha Williams led all Spartans with 18 points. The Spartans will play Northside in the final.