St. Michael too much for Lady Spartans in season opener

Peter Silas Pasqua
East Ascension’s Alexis Ruth converts a lay up off a steal over St. Michael’s KK Babin in the closing seconds of the Lady Warriors’ 64-29 season opening victory Tuesday night.

BATON?ROUGE ­­– St. Michael limited East Ascension to just two second quarter points taking a commanding 26-point halftime lead on way to a 64-29 victory in the season opener for both teams Tuesday night at SMHS’ gym.

The two-time defending Class 4A state champion Lady Warriors nailed nine 3-pointers and held East Ascension to under 25 percent shooting.

“We are playing a great team,” East Ascension head coach Dennis Chandler said. “What they do speaks for itself. We had some real good looks and missed. You cannot do that against them. Offensively and defensively they did a good job of executing what they wanted to do.

“I like the idea that we didn’t quit. We played hard the whole game and the mistakes we made are correctable. They have two of the best players in the state and some good complimentary ball players. That is a pretty tough mix. You cannot leave them open. Even if we shot the ball well, we still would probably lose by double digits.”

LSU signee Jeanne Kenney and freshmen Taylor Morrison each had 14 points for St. Michael (1-0). Nicholls State signee KK Babin added 10 points.

Alexis Ruth provided a game-high 15 points for East Ascension (0-1) while Symone Miller added eight and Kiana Lomas had four.

“We got up on them early,” St. Michael head coach Tami Reynolds said. “We have seven returning players from last year. We just executed very well and played really good defense.”

Allye Conrad and Lomas traded baskets to open the contest before Kenney, Jordan Kent and Journee Beard all hit 3-pointers to put the Lady Warriors ahead 13-3.

Babin’s dish to Conrad inside opened the second half before Miller drove lane. Kenney then nailed a 3-pointer from the right corner and Babin pulled up in transition. Morrison's inside bucket made it 49-19 going into the final stanza.

Miller fed Ruth off a steal before Babin’s dish to Kenney for a 3-pointer in the left corner. Ruth pulled up in the lane to cut it to 58-27 before consecutive baskets from Morrison. Ruth’s lay up off a steal reflected the final tally.

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East Ascension's Symone Miller shoots over St. Michael defenders in the third quarter of the Lady Warriors' victory Tuesday night.