LAFAYETTE — For Northside coach Gayle Montalvo, being up 14-5 after the first quarter and 30-7 at halftime against Comeaux on Saturday is something she said she is used to.
“That is normal for us,” she said. “We love to run. The height factor is always in our favor, and we have the inside-outside game. If they continue to listen and execute, we won’t have any problems.”
The Lady Vikings got a game-high 13 points from Brianna Dixon and 18 points from the bench in a 52-27 rout over Comeaux in the final of the Lady Rebel Round Ball Classic.
“That was my team out there,” Montalvo said. “They played ball tonight. We had our entire team on the floor, and they were able to work it this time. Our defense was very effective, and I think we are right on track to where we need to be.”
Montalvo said getting key contributions from the bench was a big help. Northside got seven points from Harmony Chavis and five from Aimee Guillory.
“The bench came in and helped tremendously,” Montalvo said. “It’s so good that we can go to the bench in games like this. Now that we’re done with tournament play, we can start developing them a little more.”
Comeaux coach Jill Rowell credited Northside with being very tough and said the inside post game is what caused the Spartans the most fits. Despite the runner-up finish, Rowell said the tournament was a largely positive experience.
“Northside has great inside post players and they do a great job getting the ball down there,” Rowell said. “We looked well at times when we penetrated, but we have to get better at our post play. They had quick hands, and we didn’t do a good job.
“This was a great tournament for us with a lot of great experience. Our district begins Tuesday, so this was great experience leading into district play.”
Montalvo said she was happy to be done playing the grueling tournament schedule and getting to the normal Tuesday-Friday schedule of district play. The Lady Vikings are 15-1 going into district, and Montalvo said she isn’t concerned with a drop-off.
“We are playing at a high level, but we aren’t high enough,” Montalvo said. “We learned a lot of good things about our team, and we know what we need to fix. We’ll work on getting better, but it’s all been worth it. Monday at practice will be hard-nosed as usual.”