St. Amant lost to Dutchtown in straight sets the first time they met this season, but that wasn't in the Gold Dome.

Wednesday night's matchup was, and the result was drastically different.

St. Amant lost to Dutchtown in straight sets the first time they met this season, but that wasn't in the Gold Dome.

Wednesday night's matchup was, and the result was drastically different.

It was the first time the two teams faced off in the Gold Dome in two years, and the result was like all their other meetings there in the past: St. Amant came away with the victory.

Playing in their annual Geaux Pink game, which honors breast cancer survivors and raises money for the fight against the disease, the Lady Gators jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Even after Dutchtown won the third set and went up 4-0 in the fourth, St. Amant fought back to clinch the match, 3-1.

“I think we’re starting to find our groove," Lady Gator head coach Allison Leake said. "The teamwork and communication really helped us get through this. We were positive; we didn’t look at the points that we lost, but we were looking at the next point to win. In that fourth set, the block that Megan (Benoit) had, that was a big momentum changer. Even though the score was only 4-1, I felt like it really fired everybody up.”

Both teams came in hot. St. Amant had won three of their previous four matches, and Dutchtown was winners of five straight.

The Lady Gators got off to a great start in the opening set. Two big blocks by Megan Benoit gave them an early 13-6 lead.

An ace by Lauren Launey and a big kill by India Bennett later tied things at 21, but St. Amant won four of the next six points to take the set, 25-23.

Dutchtown took the lead in the second. A big kill by Zoe Wooten had them ahead 16-13.

However, St. Amant countered with a 4-0 run to take a 17-16 lead.

Later, an ace by Gracie Duplechein put them ahead 23-20. They eventually took a 2-0 lead with a 25-22 win.

Dutchtown fought off elimination in the third. With the set going back-and-forth, Wooten had another big kill to give her team a 16-12 lead.

They never looked back. The Lady Griffins eventually stayed alive with a 25-17 victory.

Dutchtown appeared to be on their way to forcing a fifth set as they went up 4-0 in the fourth, but St. Amant fought back with a 6-1 run to take the lead.

Later, Duplechein came up with an ace to give the Lady Gators a two-point advantage, and an ace by Benoit put them up six.

From there, St. Amant was able to roll to a 25-15 win that clinched the match.

Duplechein led the Lady Gators with 21 assists, 13 kills and seven digs.

Aubrey Dwane also had 13 kills, while Beniot had 11 digs, nine blocks, seven aces and six kills.

The win tied St. Amant with Dutchtown for first in the district. As long as they beat Denham Springs in their league finale, they'll win at least a share of the district title.

“We don’t want to count our chickens before they hatch, but obviously, this was a huge win for us," Leake said. "They’re ranked No. 2, and we’re ranked 13th right now. As far as district goes, this evens the playing field for us. Hopefully, we can finish strong and do what we need to do.”

It was only the fourth loss of the season for Dutchtown as they fell to 27-4 overall.

In defeat, Wooten had 11 kills and eight digs, while Launey produced 12 digs and nine kills. Kristyn St. Pierre had a match-high 27 assists.

The victory was the fourth in five matches for St. Amant and improved their overall record to 15-13.

“I think the kids are playing together and believing in each other," Leake said. "It’s been an up-and-down year. I told the kids before the season that it would take us a while to get things going. We changed the lineup a little bit. We had some people that were performing better in certain positions, so we adjusted that, and I think the adjustments are working.”