LADY FALCON BASKETBALL
Lady Falcons roll to a ten-point lead, but Northlake rallies to win the title.
Saint Thomas Ladies come up short in LHSAA Division III Championship game.

HAMMOND—The Saint Thomas Aquinas Lady Falcon Basketball team reached the championship game of the the Division III State championship game but came up just short dropping 52-46 decision to the Northlake Christian Lady Wolverines in the All-State Sugar Bowl/LHSAA girls tournament held at SLU’s University Center. The top-seeded Northlake Christian Lady Wolverines (24-4) won its first ever state crown while the Lady Falcons end their season with an impressive 18-11 mark.
    “We knew coming in that Saint Thomas is a very well coached, disciplined and very fundamental team,” said Northlake coach Aaron Agresta. “Coach White has done a great job over there and has been doing so for years. Our game plan going in was to match their fundamentals and match their discipline. We didn’t exactly do that as I would have liked, but we did it well enough.”
    STA has won state titles in Class 2A in 2013 and 2010. The Lady Falcons have made nine appearances in the Girls' State Tournament. Last season STA reached the Class 2A semifinals.
    Northlake Christian was led by freshman Kyren Whittington who poured in 37 points. Whittington was a nemesis on the court for Northlake as she also hauled down nine rebounds, had three blocks and finished with six steals. She was named the Tournament MVP.
    “Hats off to them (Northlake),” said STA head coach John White. “It was a good night for her (Whittington). We played her straight up man-to-man and she made some shots. When she caught the ball, she went to the goal and made some things happen. Our girls played hard. It came down to the end and we fell a little short. It was one heck of a season.”
     Northlake opened the game with Whittington getting a steal and a layup as the Lady Wolverines built a 8-3 advantage with 4:34 remaining in the first quarter. Saint Thomas stepped up its pressure defense picking up the Northlake guards at midcourt. Three straight turnovers by the Lady Wolverines led to STA baskets by Jordan Strahan and a 3-point goal by Sarah Agnello to cut the deficit to 13-9 at the end of the period.
    The Lady Falcons took its first lead in the early moments of the second quarter on a Strahan layup to make it 17-15.. Northlake went to Whittington to find its offense and she answered with a baseline jumper and a pair of freethrows to give the Lady Wolverines a 21-19 edge. Strahan scored on a layup and was fouled to complete a three-point play to keep STA close. A layup by Kayla Keller at the buzzer to end the first half left Northlake with a 27-26 advantage.
     In the third quarter, the Lady Falcons began the period going on a 11-0 run. A 3-pointer by Caroline Ingraffia and back-to-back layup shots by Strahan and Ingraffia gave the Lady Falcons their biggest lead at 37-27 with 2:36 remaining to play in the quarter.
     “We made a defensive adjustment at halftime,” said White. “Lets take the ball out of number fifteen hands and we started to force turnovers. We came down and started making shots. We were sitting pretty there for awhile and had complete control of the game. But we got some calls against us and they made some buckets and the momentum swung to their favor.”
     Saint Thomas outgunned Northlake 14-7 in the third quarter to lead 40-34 heading into the final period. But the Lady Wolverines answered with a 13-0 run to start the fourth quarter. The scoring surge was spearheaded by Whittington, who poured in 13 of her 37 game-high points in the final period.
     Northlake recaptured the lead at 41-40 on a Whittington layup and never trailed the rest of the way. A Kayla Keller 3-point goal cut the deficit to 51-46 with :41 seconds remaining. Norrthlake missed two front ends of a one-and-one free throws giving STA a chance. But another 3-pointer by Ingraffia and Keller saw the ball rimmed out and Northlake rebounded to seal the win. The Lady Wolverines outscored STA 18-6 in the fourth quarter to secure its first-ever state title.
    “We had good looks at the basket, but our shots just didn’t go in,” said White. “We played our best ball at the right time and that’s the main reason why we are here at the Top 48." Keller led STA in scoring with 15 points, followed by Strahan with 14 and Agnello added seven points. Yvette Miller and Ingraffia each netted six points apiece.

Lady Falcons burn up the nets to earn a spot in the Hardware Game!
Saint Thomas Ladies advance to the LHSAA Division III State Championship game with 61-48 win over Lee Magnet.

HAMMOND—SMOKING!!!! … The Saint Thomas Lady Falcons burned up the nets at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Girls Basketball Tournament Tuesday night shooting 47% from the floor and a whopping 50% (8-of-16) from the three-point line to score a 61-48 win over the Lee Magnet Lady Patriots to advance to the Division III LHSAA State Championship game against Northlake Christian on Friday night.
     “We had our bumps and bruises early on. Some tough times, but we got better,” said Saint Thomas Aquinas coach John White. “We do a lot of drills, a lot fast break drills, a lot of shooting drills. We spend time in every practice shooting 3-pointers. The last couple of weeks the shots have been falling.”
    The victory comes a year after Saint Thomas Aquinas lost to another Baton Rouge school, Madison Prep, in a Class 2A semifinal. The Lady Falcons will play top-seeded Northlake Christian in the Division III title game set for 8 p.m. Friday at Southeastern Louisiana’s University Center.
    Jordan Strahan led the Falcons (18-10) with 17 points, including 11 of 16 free-throw shooting. Yvette Miller added 15, including four 3-pointers, and Caroline Ingraffia contributed 12. Saint Thomas Aquinas was 8-for-16 on 3-pointers and built a double-digit halftime lead by making 7 of 12 from long range.
    “Last year, it was a crazy loss, but today, we picked it up,” Strahan said.
    Lee Magnet (24-12) saw its Cinderella season, which included its first appearance in the LHSAA tourney, end. Freshman Diamond Hunter scored a game-high 19 points for Lee, while Markeisha Hives added nine.
    “We knew they could shoot the ball really well,” Lee coach Valencia Wilson said. “We closed down on them, and they just made the shots. They took our point guard (Iviona Hatch) away from us, and that was a great plan.”
     “The future is great … The sky is the limit. We’re going to take this game and learn from this game. We’re going to go back and take every weakness and make it our strength for the games to come,” continued Wilson.
    The 3-point shot was a key weapon for the Lady Falcons in the first quarter. The Falcons made four 3-pointers in the first quarter. A trey by Ingraffia with 3:01 left gave Saint Thomas Aquinas a 16-6 lead with 3:01 left in the first quarter.
    Lee Magnet battled back to within four points three times in the second quarter. The last time came when Hives hit a bucket and converted on a free throw to make it 28-24 with 3:03 left. From there, the Falcons soared, scoring 13 of the final 17 points in the first half. The Lady Falcons hit three straight 3-pointers — one each by Miller, Ingraffia and Sarah Angello in the final 2:20.
    The Lady Patriots struggled to cut into the Saint Thomas Aquinas lead. The Lady Falcons led 52-38 after three quarters. A jumper by Megan Brown with 1:56 made it 57-48. But the Patriots got no closer.

Lady Falcons punch ticket to Marsh Madness!
Saint Thomas Ladies advance to semi-finals with a 45-37 win over Notre Dame.

HAMMOND—The St. Thomas Aquinas Lady Falcon Basketball team advanced to the semifinal round of the Division III (Select Schools) semifinals for the seventh time in 10 years after capturing a 45-37 victory over the No. 6 seeded Notre Dame.
    “What a incredible game,” said a elated head coach John White of Saint Thomas, who saw his team hold their poise in the fourth quarter by using stall tactics to force the Lady Pios out of their zone defense. “We knew they were a zone team on defense,” said White. “When we got the lead in the fourth quarter, we wanted to get them to come out of their zone and play us man-to-man. That created mismatches when we executed our offense and were able to score on back door layups.”
    The No. 3 seeded Saint Thomas Lady Falcons held the ball for over two minutes on three possessions waiting for Notre Dame to over commit on defense. The Lady Falcons scored on two back door layups by senior Jordan Strahan that increased the lead to 41-33 when the fourth quarter began. Notre Dame could not answer on ensuing possessions missing hurried jump shots and were forced to foul or use time outs to stop the game clock. The game clock became a factor for the Lady Pios as the deficit became larger. A layup by junior Mia Milton made it 45-37 as Notre Dame was held to just one basket in the entire fourth quarter. Saint Thomas outscored the Lady Pios 6-2 in the final period.
    Third-seeded Saint Thomas now advances to next week’s All-State Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament at SLU's Unversity Center. Sixth seeded Notre Dame ends its season with a 21-9 mark.
    Saint Thomas began the game shorthanded missing starting senior forward Carly Drude who was recovering from an illness, but is expected to be ready when the Lady Falcons play Tuesday in the semfinal round. Notre Dame jumped out to a 7-2 first quarter lead feeding the ball to their center Alyssa Williams who finished with a game-high 20 points. Most of her damage came by scoring on put back baskets and shots in the paint scoring over the smaller Lady Falcon defense.
     Saint Thomas trailed much of the first quarter until the end of the period when sophomore Caroline Ingraffia scored on a runner and freshman Kayla Keller hit a layup to give Saint Thomas its first lead at 13-12.
    Yvette Miller drained a 3-pointer for Saint Thomas to begin the second quarter to make it 16-12. Notre Dame responded by going on a 8-2 run to make it 20-16. A three-point play by Strahan cut it to 20-19 and then a 3-point goal by Miller just before the horn sounded ending put the Lady Falcons down by one-point 23-22 at the break.
    “What a momentum swing for us with that 3-pointer at the end of the half,” White said. “We began to gain confidence and got them (Notre Dame) out of their comfort zone.”
    However, the Lady Pios went on a 9-3 run to make it 31-26 with 3:30 left to play in the third quarter. The Lady Falcons cut it to 31-29 with a 3-point goal by Ingraffia and a base line jumper Milton cut the lead to one at 32-31. Saint Thomas tied it with a pair of free throws by Miller and then moved ahead for good with back-to-back 3-point goals by Ingraffia to push the lead to 39-33 heading into the fourth quarter. Saint Thomas outgunned Notre Dame 17-10 in the third period.
    That would put the strategy into place to hold the ball until Notre Dame would come out of its 2-3 zone defense. Strahan, who was saddled with four personal fouls the entire fourth quarter, scored on a back door layup to give Saint Thomas its largest lead of the game at 41-33 with 4:22 remaining to play.
    “The girls made good decisions, made the right pass and held their poise and now their rewarded with a final our appearance,” said White.
    Ingraffia led the Lady Falcons scoring attack with a season-high 15 points, followed by Strahan with 11 and Miller added nine points. Kayla Keller and Mia Milton each netted four apiece and Sarah Agnello finished with two points. Saint Thomas will play Lee Magnet in the Division III semfinal matchup. Lee Magnet defeated Dunham 64-15 in their quarterfinal win to advance.

Lady Falcons make quick work of Haynes Academy.
Saint Thomas Ladies advance to quarterfinals with 61-34 win over Lady Yellowjackets. #3 Lady Falcons will host
#6 Notre Dame in the Quarterfinals.


HAMMOND—The Saint Thomas Aquinas Lady Falcons used a suffocating defense to make quick work of the visiting Haynes Academy Lady Yellowjackets in LHSAA Regional Round action Monday. The Lady Falcons opened with a first period 12-5 run and never looked back.
    “When it comes playoff time, you better be ready to play some defense, and I thought the girls did a great job of frustrating them early and offensively we just kept pecking away and were able to build a good lead by halftime,” said Saint Thomas Aquinas head coach John White.
    Three Lady Falcons finished in double figures as senior Jordan Strahan collected 16 points while junior Yvette Miller had 15 and Caroline Ingraffia added 13 points. Evelyn Coffee and Jemal McNutt each had nine for Haynes Academy.
    
Ladies in top five in unofficial LHSAA Power Point rankings.
Lady Falcons currently ranked third as the regular season heads into the final week.

HAMMOND—LHSAA March Madness is creeping into sports conversations as the regular season enters its final week of play. The Lady Falcons are currently sitting at number three in the LHSAA Unofficial Power Rankings of Division III teams with Northlake Christian at number one followed by Lee Magnet. Episcopal and St. Mary’s round out the top five.
    The Big Dance better known as the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Girls' Basketball Tournament is set for February 27-March 4 at the University Center on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University. The select and non-select schools making the final four will compete for championships. The journey begins next week as the first round playoffs get underway.

Ladies celebrate Senior Night with 51-35 win over Springfield.
Seniors Carly Drude, Jordan Strahan, and Sarah Agnello honored.

HAMMOND—In contest that saw both teams take nearly three periods to crank up the offense, the Lady Falcons took charge in the final period outscoring the visiting Lady Bulldogs of Springfield 19-8 to earn a 51-35 District win in action Friday. The win was especially sweet for seniors Carly Drude, Jordan Strahan, and Sarah Agnello as the trio was honored in Senior Night ceremonies following the game.

Bolton and Dawson named to LSWA All-State Teams.
Lady Falcons receive post season honors.

HAMMOND—The Louisiana Sports Writers Association named their Class 2A All-State Ladies Basketball Teams this past week and Seniors Regan Bolton and Courtney Dawson earned Second Team All-State honors as they led their team to back-to-back Top 28 appearances in their final two seasons.
    Bolton, the 5-foot-8 inch shooting guard will once again join her former teammate, current Cowgirl junior Amber Donnes who also prepped at St. Thomas Aquinas High where both players were members of the 2013 Louisiana Class 2A State Championship team. Bolton averaged 19.9 ppg. in 2014-15 and 18.4 in 2015-16, was named Offensive MVP and finished as a state quarterfinalist as a sophomore and helped led her team to back-to-back semi-final appearances at the LSHAA Top 28 Tournament.. She also participated in volleyball where she was named team MVP. As a track and field athlete, she was named her district's field MVP and placed seventh in state in the discus both her freshman and sophomore seasons.
    Dawsey, a 5-foot-5 guard, has scored more than 1,000 points in her career heading into her senior year at St. Thomas. As a junior and season, she earned Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 2A honors after helping the Lady Falcons reach the semifinals in 2015 and 2016. The District 7-2A MVP in 2015 averaging 13.0 points, 5.5 assists and 4.8 rebounds for coach John White’s squad. She has signed to play for the Southeastern Lady Lions will be coached by former Saint Thomas Aquinas boys head coach and SLU assistant, Errol Gauff, recently named the new SLU Ladies head coach.
    
Madison Prep Academy ends the Lady Falcons playoff run.
Bolton tosses in 20 points but not enough as Lady Chargers roll to 69-44 win.

HAMMOND—The Saint Thomas Aquinas Lady Falcon Basketball team saw its season come to an end when the Madison Prep Academy Lady Chargers registered a 69-44 victory in the State Class 2A playoffs played at the University Center on the SLU campus. The loss marked the second consecutive time that the Lady Falcons were knocked out in the semifinal round of the state playoffs. Madison Prep advances to the State championship game to be played at 4:00 p.m. at the University Center.
    The number six-seeded Lady Chargers utilized its team speed against the No. 2 Lady Falcons. Madison Prep harassed Saint Thomas up and down the floor forcing the Lady Falcons into hurried shots and turnovers.
    “The difference was their speed and their constant ability to make steals and deflections,” said STA head coach John White. “Our man offense struggled to get open looks throughout the game. Hats off to them they (Madison Prep) did a good job defensively.”
    Madison Prep jumped out to a 8-0 lead with quick baskets on layups and offensive put back baskets. A three-pointer by Regan Bolton of Saint Thomas with 3:38 remaining in the first quarter stopped the bleeding, but the Lady Falcons continued to struggle to get open looks at the basket.
    Madison Prep (30-4) went on a 7-2 run in the final two minutes of the first period and ended the quarter with a 17-7 advantage.
    Saint Thomas began cutting into the deficit when Bolton scored on a pair of layup shots and Jordan Strahan added a put back basket to make it 22-17 with 4:00 left to play in the first half. However, Madison Prep maintained its lead by going on a 8-2 run to end half with a 33-24 edge.
    The momentum stayed with the Lady Chargers beginning the third quarter. Madison Prep went on a 6-0 run to begin the period to make it 40-24 with 3:54 remaining. Saint Thomas shot poorly making just six of 29 shots in the second half and were being outrebounded. Madison Prep ended the period outscoring the Lady Falcons by a 23-8 margin to make it 56-32 entering the final quarter.
    Madison Prep extended its lead to 58-34 until a basket inside the lane by Yvette Miller by Saint Thomas cut it back to 58-36. Bolton nailed a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Falcons never got the deficit under double-digits the rest of the way.
    The Lady Falcons had two of their players playing their final game in Bolton and Courtney Dawsey, who both have signed to play on the next level. “It.s tough to see them going out tonight for our two seniors. We’re going to miss them,” added White.
    Bolton led all scorers with 20 points, including four 3-point goals. Dawsey had seven points with four coming from the foul line. Jordan Strahan added five and Miller and Karlee Kraft each had four points apiece. Meghan Becerra and Carly Drude each had two points apiece for the Lady Falcons.
    Saint Thomas ends its season with a outstanding 22-7 overall record and a District 9-2A championship.

Lady Falcons punch ticket to the Class 2A Final Four!
Saint Thomas dominates West Saint John 59-29. Bolton, Drude, and Strahan combine for 48 points.

HAMMOND—The Lady Falcons punched their ticket to the Class 2A Final Four in impressive fashion Thursday night as they dominated the visiting West Saint John Lady Rams 59-29. Senior Regan Bolton posted her second 24-point night in a row having led Saint Thomas past Doyle on Monday in the Regionals. The Saint Thomas Ladies will play sixth-seeded Madison Prep Academy in the semi-finals. Madison Prep defeated 14th-seeded Jonesboro-Hodge 88-52 to advance.
    “We had to take away their point guard because the scouting report on her was that she was very good and so we put in a little box and one defense to slow her down, and I thought the girls did a good job on her,” said Saint Thomas Aquinas head coach John White. “I was a little concerned with packing it in a bit that rebounding might be a problem but we rebounded really well tonight.”
    The Lady Falcons made their case early opening with a 12-4 run as junior Carly Drude hit a layup with 3:02 showing in the first. The Saint Thomas Ladies would finish the first period with a ten-point advantage at 16-6.
    The Lady Rams rallied to play the second period even with Saint Thomas trading basket for basket as the two squads each collected 13 points, but the early margin gave the Lady Falcons a 29-19 lead at intermission.
    Saint Thomas turned up the defensive heat in the second half limiting the Lady Rams to just ten total points—six in the third and just four in the fourth. The Lady Falcons stayed consistent on offense scoring 15 points in each of the final two periods to end the contest with their biggest lead of thirty points at 59-29.
    Drude finished with 15 points and Strahan nine.

Lady Falcons outlast rival Doyle to advance to the LHSAA Class 2A Quarterfinals.
Senior Regan Bolton collects 24 points to pace win.

HAMMOND—The more the games changes the more the old rules apply—defense and free throws win close games. That was certainly true for the Lady Falcons Monday as they netted sixteen charity strip shots in the final period while limiting visiting Doyle to just eight points to secure a 68-60 Regional Round Playoff win. The victory propels the Saint Thomas Ladies to a quarterfinal match against West Saint John with the winner punching their ticket to the Class 2A Final Four.
    The 15th-seeded Lady Tigers gave the 2nd-seeded Lady Falcons all they could handle and despite leading by as much as 13 points early in the third period, Saint Thomas could not maintain separation as Doyle cut the Lady Falcon advantage to just two points at 58-56 with 1:18 left in the contest when senior Darian Watts tossed in a trey from the parking lot, and then after a Saint Thomas free throw Doyle cut the margin to just one at 59-58 on a layup by Madison Watts. Watts would finish with 24 to lead Doyle.
    The Lady Tigers made themselves at home in Falcon Gym to start the contest scoring the first four points and enjoying a trio of four-point lead in the first period before the Lady Falcons rallied to take a 17-13 lead after one. Bolton scored nine of her 24 points in the opening period including a trey to help Saint Thomas retake the lead.
    Doyle kept the pressure on in the second period staying close as Saint Thomas won the period by just one point at 13-12 to take a 30-25 lead into intermission.
    The Lady Falcons made a run to put some distance between themselves and Doyle to start the second half outgunning the Lady Tigers 12-4 to extend their margin to 13 points at 42-29, but the Lady Tigers hung around cutting the Saint Thomas lead twice to six before a layup by freshman Caroline Ingraffia with six seconds showing gave the Lady Falcons a 50-42 lead after three.
    With just a one-point lead with a minute left, the Lady Falcons took their case to the charity stripe where they settle it making nine free throws in the final minute to secure the win. Carly Drude and Courtner Dawsey each had 13 points for the winners, while Jordan Strahan added nine points and four boards.
    
Lady Falcons finish sweep of District.
Senior Regan Bolton tossed in 18 points as Saint Thomas defeated French Settlement 58-34.

HAMMOND—Senior Regan Bolton tossed in four treys and finished with 18 points to pace a 58-34 win over the home-standing French Settlement Lions. Bolton shot well from the field, making 54% (7-for-13) of shots attempted as well as 57% (4-for-7) of threes attempted.
    An 18-2 run during the first quarter helped Lady Falcons take the lead 34-8 by halftime.
    Jordan Strahan added nine points, two rebounds, Carly Drude eight points, two rebounds, one block, Karlee Kraft six points, seven rebounds, one steal, Courtney Dawsey six points, six rebounds, two blocks, Meghan Becerra five points, four rebounds, three steals, Yvette Miller four points, two rebounds, one steal, and Caroline Ingraffia two points, five rebounds. Saint Thomas Aquinas finished the game with 37 rebounds (14 offensive / 23 defensive), three blocks and 15 steals.
    
Ladies edge parish rival 53-49.
Senior Regan Bolton tossed in 20 points.

HAMMOND—In an contest that featured good defense, the Lady Falcons connected from the field early, claiming an 18-12 lead at the half. With 24 points in the third quarter, St. Thomas Aquinas added to their existing lead.
    Bolton led the charge for St. Thomas Aquinas's offense, scoring 20 points, with eight points during the third period. She also contributed four rebounds and six steals. Two other players also added ten or more points for Saint Thomas Aquinas. Jordan Strahan added 12 points and Karlee Kraft put up 10 points. Also contributing for St. Thomas Aquinas were Courtney Dawsey (6 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block), Carly Drude (3 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks), and Caroline Ingraffia (2 points, 3 rebounds).
    Saint Thomas Aquinas finished the game with 31 rebounds (15 offensive / 16 defensive), five blocks and 17 steals.
    
Ladies battle parish rival Loranger in Hall of Fame Game.
Area basketball fans were treated to a highly competitive game between two of the top-ranked teams in the Parish at the annual LHSAA Hall of Fame game.

HAMMOND—Area basketball fans were treated to a highly competitive game between two of the top-ranked teams in the Parish as the annual LHSAA Hall of Fame game featured the Saint Thomas Lady Falcons hosting the Loranger Lady Wolves. Loranger broke open a tight contest that saw 13 lead changes midway in the final period when the Lady Wolves pulled away by hitting clutch free throws down the stretch for a 69-56 victory.
    Both teams entered the contest having already clinched their respective district titles as the regular season concludes this week with the state playoffs looming, and coaches of each team indicated that this contest was used as a measuring stick to see what needs to worked on in preparing for the state playoffs that begin with first-round play beginning February 18th.
    “Loranger did a real good job. They made their free throws at the end of the game and we came down and missed some shots and couldn’t come up with rebounds,” said Saint Thomas coach John White. “The girls played very, very hard. A game like this helped us as we prepare for the playoffs. We needed this. We needed a close hard fought game against a very, very good team like Loranger.”
    “This was a worthy opponent. It’s a different style and different brand of basketball than were going to see in Class 4A, but very well coached, fundamentally sound and they force you to play text book defense,” said Loranger head coach Sean Shields.
    Saint Thomas was led by Bolton with 19 points, including three 3-point goals. Dawsey finished with 11 and Drude added seven points. Strahan and Karlee Kraft each had six points apiece and Yvette Miller ended with four points for the Lady Falcons.
    
Ladies collect two more District wins.
Saint Thomas Ladies will host the 4A second-ranked Loranger Lady Wolves Saturday in the annual LHSAA Hall of Fame Game.

HAMMOND—The Lady Falcons continued their march through District play scoring two more wins this past week defeating French Settlement and Springfield. In the unofficial LHSAA 2A Power Rankings the Lady Falcons are ranked third behind Red River and North Caddo. The Saint Thomas Ladies will host the 4A second-ranked Loranger Lady Wolves Saturday in the annual LHSAA Hall of Fame Game. Tip off is set for 3:00 p.m. at Saint Thomas Gym.

Ladies celebrate Senior Night with 66-49 win over visiting Saint Helena!
Senior Regan Bolton tossed in 26 points to pace victory.

HAMMOND—The Lady Falcons made quick work of the visiting Lady Hawks of Saint Helena using a 31-4 first half run to jump out to a 46-21 halftime advantage.
    Bolton, who collected 26 points, three rebounds, six steals and two blocks paced the Saint Thomas offense followed by Jordan Strahan (8 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks), Carly Drude (7 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks), Yvette Miller (7 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals), Caroline Ingraffia (6 points, 1 rebound), Courtney Dawsey (6 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals), and Meghan Becerra (4 points, 6 rebounds).

Ladies continue to roll in District play.
Ladies put four in double figures as Saint Thomas romps over Doyle 69-40!

HAMMOND—In a contest that could be best described as a “Foul Festival” in which officials seemed to take delight in repeatedly stopping play the Lady Falcons rolled to a 69-40 win over the visiting Lady Tigers of Doyle. The trio of officials made the box score combining to call 47 fouls, while four Saint Thomas Ladies finished in double figures to pace the win. Senior Regan Bolton led with 20 points followed by senior Courtney Dawsey with 14, juniors Carly Drude and Meghan Becerra with 14 and 10 points respectively.
    A 13-2 run during the first quarter allowed Lady Falcons to pull ahead, eventually claiming a 37-21 lead by halftime. The Lady Tigers rallied in the third as Saint Thomas won the period by just three points at 16-13, but the Lady Falcons cranked up the defense in the final period holding Doyle to just six points while tossing in 16.
    Adding to the Saint Thomas stats were Caroline Ingraffia (6 points, 4 rebounds), Jordan Strahan (4 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block), Karlee Kraft (2 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block), and Zavier Weary (2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal). Drude was a big defensive contributor as well, racking up eight rebounds, one steal and three blocks.
    
Ladies open District play with 56-29 rout of Lady Bulldogs.
Senior Courtney Dawsey tosses in 30 points to lead all scorers.

HAMMOND—The Lady Falcons opened District play in style as senior Courtney Dawsey tossed in 30 points to pace a 56-29 romp over rival Springfield. The home-standing Saint Thomas Ladies traded baskets with the Lady Buldogs for the first four minutes of the contest but the Lady Falcons would go on a 15-3 run to close out the first period. Saint Thomas continued their suffocating defense and owned a 39-13 lead at intermission.
    Dawsey was on the ball from the field, making 74% (14-for-19) of shots attempted. Also contributing for St. Thomas Aquinas were Regan Bolton (9 points, 3 rebounds, 4 steals), Carly Drude (7 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks), Jordan Strahan (2 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks), Zavier Weary (2 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals), Maggie Crawford (2 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals), Meghan Becerra (2 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block), and Yvette Miller (2 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals). St. Thomas Aquinas finished the game with 43 rebounds (20 offensive / 23 defensive), seven blocks and 27 steals.
    
Ladies get win over 4A Fair Park.
Seniors Courtney Dawsey and Regan Bolton combine for 40 points.

HAMMOND—The Saint Thomas Ladies tipped off play in the annual Sugar Bowl Classic by scoring a 57-50 win over 17th-ranked 4A Fair Park. Senior Courtney Dawsey led the Lady Falcons offense tossing in 21 points while fellow senior Regan Bolton added 19 more for the winners.
    The Lady Falcons opened with an impressive 16-2 run, Lady Falcons ended the first half in the lead with a score of 27-22. Dawsey led Saint Thomas Aquinas's offense, going 8-for-10 (80%) from the field while also sinking 50% (3-for-6) of free throws attempted.
    Regan Bolton made it into double digits, scoring 19 points for St. Thomas Aquinas (5-for-14). Also contributing for St. Thomas Aquinas were Carly Drude (5 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals), Jordan Strahan (4 points, 1 rebound), and Yvette Miller (2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals). St. Thomas Aquinas finished the game with 25 rebounds (8 offensive / 17 defensive) and 16 steals.

Ladies get win number twelve.
Saint Thomas rolls to 57-40 win over Hannan to improve to 12-4 on the season.

HAMMOND—The Lady Falcons made it an even dozen in the win column as they improved to 12-4 with a dominating 57-40 win over visiting Hannan Tuesday. Three Saint Thomas Ladies finished in double figures as Senior Courtney Dawsey had 17 followed by senior Regan Bolton and Carly Drude with 15 each.
    Saint Thomas opened with a 20-6 run during the first quarter and rolled to a 34-19 lead by halftime. The Lady Hawks of Hannan rallied in the second half scoring just two less than the Lady Falcons, but the damage was already done as Saint Thomas secured a double-digit win.
    Two other players also scored in the double digits for St. Thomas Aquinas. Carly Drude scored 15 points and Regan Bolton racked up 15 points. Also contributing for St. Thomas Aquinas were Jordan Strahan (4 points, 4 rebounds), Caroline Ingraffia (4 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals), and Karlee Kraft (2 points, 7 rebounds). Bolton was a big defensive contributor as well, racking up six rebounds, six steals and two blocks. St. Thomas Aquinas finished the game with 44 rebounds (18 offensive / 26 defensive), six blocks and 16 steals.
    
Ladies cash in homestand with two in a row.
The Lady Falcons add one more win before the new year with 58-41 win over John Ehret.

HAMMOND—The Lady Falcons made the most of a late year homestand collecting two more wins before the new year as the handed visiting John Ehret a double-digit setback. The victory improved the Saint Thomas record to 11-4.
    Using a 16-6 run, Lady Falcons took a 29-22 lead at the end of the first half and solidified their lead with a late-game surge, scoring a game-high 18 points in the final quarter on the strength of a 10-4 run. Senior Regan Bolton tossed in 22 points to pace the win followed by fellow senior Courtney Dawsey with 11. Saint Thomas finished the game with 35 rebounds (11 offensive / 24 defensive), five blocks and 10 steals.
    
Ladies get tenth win with 68-52 victory over the Pine Lady Raiders.
Three Lady Falcons score in double figures.

HAMMOND—The Lady Falcons opened with a 21-7 run during the first quarter and then pulled ahead and eventually claimed a 33-21 lead by halftime lead over visiting Pine.
    Senior Regan Bolton notched 14 points in the first period and would finish with 23 followed by senior Courtney Dawsey with 18 points, and junior Jordan Strahan with 10.
    The Saint Thomas Ladies will be host John Ehret Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.

Ladies defeat John Curtis for second time this season.
Regan Bolton collects 22 points to pace offense.

RIVER RIDGE, LA—For the second time this season the Lady Falcons handed the John Curtis Lady Patriots a setback as senior Regan Bolton led a Saint Thomas rally in the second half to secure the win.
    Saint Thomas fell behind early, trailing 28-25 by the half, only to come back hard in the final two quarters. The Lady Falcons solidified their lead in the third quarter, scoring 16 points. Bolton paced the rally with seven during the second period and would clinch their lead in the fourth quarter on a free throw. She also contributed two rebounds, four steals and one block.
    Courtney Dawsey went into double digits, scoring 21 points for St. Thomas Aquinas (6-for-14). Also helping the effort for St. Thomas Aquinas were Karlee Kraft (4 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals), Yvette Miller (4 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals), and Carly Drude (2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks). Dawsey was a big defensive contributor as well, racking up four rebounds, five steals and one block. St. Thomas Aquinas finished the game with 29 rebounds (13 offensive / 16 defensive), four blocks and 14 steals.

Ladies smack McKinley 64-51!
Bolton burns up the nets for 33.

WALKER, LA—The Lady Falcons collected their eigth win of the season scoring a 64-51 victory over McKinley on Saturday as Senior Regan Bolton scored 33 points. The Lady Falcons grabbed the lead against McKinley on a free throw from Carly Drude in the second period and held on. A 28-point second quarter and a 10-0 run allowed Saint Thomas Aquinas to pull ahead early, eventually claiming a 30-23 lead by halftime.
    Drude sank two three-pointers and scored 13 points total. Also chipping in for Saint Thomas Aquinas were Courtney Dawsey (4 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block), Karlee Kraft (2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals), and Caroline Ingraffia (2 points, 1 rebound). Drude was a big defensive contributor as well, racking up 12 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. The Lady Falcons finished the game with 30 rebounds (11 offensive / 19 defensive), three blocks and seven steals.
    
Dawsey tosses in a trey to seal 48-44 win over Barbe.
Dawsey collects 21 points.

WALKER, LA —Senior Courtney Dawsey broke a 42-all tie late in the final period with a trey to put Saint Thomas up 45-42 to seal a 48-45 victory over Barbe in action Friday. The Lady Falcons trailed early 25-21 at the half but rallied over the final two quarters on the strength of a 10-2 run in the final period.
    Dawsey led St. Thomas Aquinas's offense, going 6-for-11 (55%) from the field while also sinking 57% (8-for-14) of free throws attempted. Regan Bolton put two three-pointers on the board and scored nine points total. Karlee Kraft made it into double digits, scoring 10 points for Saint Thomas (3-for-3). Also chipping in for St. Thomas Aquinas were Carly Drude (6 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks) and Yvette Miller (2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals). Saint Thomas finished the game with 26 rebounds (5 offensive / 21 defensive), six blocks and seven steals.
    
Bolton tosses in 31, but Mandeville Lady Skippers get the win.
Lady Skippers hand Saint Thomas a 65-44 setback.

MANDEVILLE—Senior Regan Bolton was the front runner for Lady Falcons's offense collecting 31 points, but it was not enough as the Ladt Skippers of Mandeville scored a 65-44 win in actiuon Friday.Carly Drude added six points, three rebounds, two blocks, Courtney Dawsey had four points, four rebounds, two blocks, and Karlee Kraft had three points, four rebounds, and three steals. St. Thomas Aquinas finished the game with 17 rebounds (3 offensive / 14 defensive), five blocks and 10 steals.

Lady Falcons fall to Green Wave.
Senior Courtney Dawsey drops in 23 points.

PONCHATOULA—Parish rival Ponchatoula handed the Lady Falcons a 55-45 setback in action Tuesday. Though Lady Falcons finished strong, adding 15 points in the final quarter, it wasn't enough to turn things around. Dawsey paved the way for Saint Thomas Aquinas, making 50% (8-for-16) of shots attempted while also sinking 75% (6-for-8) of free throws attempted.
    Regan Bolton notched two three-pointers and scored eight points total. Also chipping in for St. Thomas Aquinas were Karlee Kraft (6 points, 3 rebounds, 4 steals), Jordan Strahan (4 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals), and Yvette Miller (4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal). Saint Thomas Aquinas finished the game with 29 rebounds (16 offensive / 13 defensive), two blocks and 19 steals.

Lady Falcons collect two more wins and improve to 6-1!
Saint Thomas edges Parkview 53-52 and smacks Loyola Prep 50-36. Carly Drude basket secures Parkview win.

BATON ROUGE—The Saint Thomas Lady Falcons collected two more wins in the Saint Michaels Tournamnet edging Parkview 53-52 and rolling over Loyola Prep 50-36. The wins ran the Lady Falcons early season mark to 6-1.

Lady Falcons 53, Parkview 52
    Regan Bolton scored 23 points to lead Saint Thomas Aquinas to a 53-52 victory over Parkview on Saturday. A two-pointer by Carly Drude clinched the win for Saint Thomas.
    After trailing early, Saint Thomas came back forcibly in the final two quarters, trailing 25-19 at the half. Saint Thomas solidified their lead with a late-game surge, scoring a game-high 23 points in the final quarter on the strength of a 12-2 run. Bolton led the charge for the Lady Falcon offense, scoring 23 points, with 15 points during the first period. She also contributed three rebounds and seven steals.
    Drude achieved double digits, scoring 12 points for St. Thomas Aquinas (3-for-7). Also chipping in for St. Thomas Aquinas were Courtney Dawsey (7 points, 1 rebound, 2 blocks), Jordan Strahan (6 points, 5 rebounds), Karlee Kraft (3 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal), and Yvette Miller (2 points, 4 rebounds). The Lady Falcons finished the game with 26 rebounds (11 offensive / 15 defensive), four blocks and 15 steals.

Lady Falcons 50, Loyola Prep 36
    Regan Bolton and Carly Drude tossed in 23 and 14 points respectively to pace a 50-36 win over Loyola Prep.
    The Lady Falcons used an 11-3 run, to take a 27-24 lead in the first half and led the rest of the way. Saint Thomas added 17 points in the third quarter on the strength of a 11-0 run,to lock in their lead.
    Courtney Dawsey had 5 points and 3 rebounds, Jordan Strahan (4 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals), Karlee Kraft (2 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals), and Caroline Ingraffia (2 points, 3 rebounds). Drude was a big defensive contributor as well, racking up six rebounds, one steal and two blocks.

Lady Falcons rally to outlast the Lady Vikings 41-34.
Dawsey tosses in 14 points.

BATON ROUGE—In a game featuring several runs by both teams, Saint Thomas Aquinas outlasted Airline 41-34. Senior Regan Bolton’s basket helped the Lady Falcons take the lead for good with a two-pointer in the third quarter. Saint Thomas Aquinas came back forcibly in the final two quarters, after being behind early in the game, trailing 22-19 at the half. The Lady Falcons solidified their lead late in the game, scoring a game-high 13 points in the third quarter on the strength of a 11-4 run.
    Courtney Dawsey led the St. Thomas Aquinas offense, scoring 14 points, including six during the fourth period. Bolton tapped out at double digits, scoring 13 points for St. Thomas Aquinas (4-for-17). Also chipping in for St. Thomas Aquinas were Carly Drude (7 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks), Jordan Strahan (5 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals), and Yvette Miller (2 points, 1 rebound, 4 steals). Saint Thomas Aquinas finished the game with 24 rebounds (12 offensive / 12 defensive), two blocks and 19 steals.
    
Lady Falcons rout Saint Joseph 75-50.
Regan Bolton tosses in 24 points.

BATON ROUGE—The Saint Thomas Ladies got a 24-point performance from senior Regan Bolton to lead the Lady Falcons to a 75-50 victory over Saint Joseph’s Academy on Wednesday. With a 24-point second quarter, Lady Falcons broke away early and ran up the lead to 40-21 by halftime. Bolton found success all over the court for Saint Thomas, making 60% (9-for-15) of shots attempted while also sinking 83% (5-for-6) of free throws attempted.
    Two other players also racked up double digit scores for St. Thomas Aquinas. Courtney Dawsey scored 16 points and Jordan Strahan added 11 points. Also chipping in for St. Thomas Aquinas were Karlee Kraft (9 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block), Caroline Ingraffia (6 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals), Zavier Weary (3 points), Maggie Crawford (2 points), Carly Drude (2 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block), and Yvette Miller (2 points). Strahan was a big defensive contributor as well, racking up two rebounds, seven steals and one block. St. Thomas Aquinas finished the game with 27 rebounds (8 offensive / 19 defensive), five blocks and 25 steals.
    
Lady Falcons off to fast start!
Saint Thomas wins Jamboree contest and collects two wins in the Dominican Tourney.

HAMMOND—The Saint Thomas Aquinas Lady Falcons opened their 2015-16 campaign on the road collecting a trio of wins with a 45-38 Jamboree victory over Salmen followed by a pair of wins and a loss in the Dominican Tournament. The Lady Falcons scored wins over Dominican and John Curtis while dropping a contest to Mount Carmel making their official record 2-1 heading into the Saint Michael's Tournament set for December 2-5.

LADY FALCONS 40, Dominican 29
    Regan Bolton scored 16 points to lead St. Thomas Aquinas to a 40-29 victory over Dominican on Tuesday. Saint Thomas and Dominican were tied up at 18-18 at the half, but second half 22-11 run by the Lady Falcons put the contest away.
    Courtney Dawsey went into double digits, scoring 11 points for St. Thomas Aquinas (3-for-11). Also chipping in for St. Thomas Aquinas were Carly Drude (7 points, 3 rebounds, 3 blocks), Jordan Strahan (2 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals), Caroline Ingraffia (2 points, 3 rebounds), and Meghan Becerra (2 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks). St. Thomas Aquinas finished the game with 30 rebounds (8 offensive / 22 defensive), six blocks and 21 steals.
    
LADY FALCONS 35, John Curtis 23
    Courtney Dawsey scored 13 points, helping St. Thomas Aquinas notch a 35-23 victory over John Curtis on Wednesday. Lady Falcons grabbed the lead against John Curtis on a two-pointer from Meghan Becerra in the second period and held on.
    At the end of the first half, St. Thomas Aquinas commanded 22-12 lead after a 20-2 run.
    Making 88% (7-for-8) of free throws attempted, Dawsey had a great game from the line for St. Thomas Aquinas. Also contributing for St. Thomas Aquinas were Jordan Strahan (9 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals), Becerra (4 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals), Regan Bolton (4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block), and Carly Drude (3 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals). St. Thomas Aquinas finished the game with 22 rebounds (10 offensive / 12 defensive), two blocks and 16 steals.
    
Friends and teammates joing together for hoops signing day.
Bolton and Dawsey ink to play at next level.

HAMMOND—Seniors Regan Bolton and Courtney Dawsey joined together for signing day as the pair each inked their names to play basketball at the next level. Bolton a 5-foot-8 inch shooting guard will be headed to join former Saint Thomas Aquinas Standout Amber Donnes at McNeese State University, while Dawsey, a 5-foot-5 inch guard, is headed to Southeastern Louisiana University to join the Lady Lions.
    Bolton who is well on her way to becoming one of the most prolific scorers in our school's history. Regan was an All-State player for us this year and helped lead the team to a semi-final berth in the Top 28 Tournament. Regan averaged nearly 17 PPG this season and was voted by her teammates and coaches as the team’s Most Outstanding Player. Regan is a physical player with great body control to help her score inside the lane, but her ability to score from the perimeter is what sets her apart.
    Dawsey, who has excellent ball handling skills and court awareness, was a First Team All-State player for 2015 and helped lead the team to a semi-final berth in the Top 28 Tournament. Courtney averaged 10.8 PPG, 5.5 APG, and 4.8 RPG this season and was voted District MVP. Courtney has already scored over 1,000 points in her career, but her ability to protect and distribute the basketball is what makes her special. Courtney is a great athlete who can finish around the goal with either hand and is always asked to defend the other team’s best player.
    
Saint Thomas Ladies fall just short.
Seventh-seeded North Caddo outlasted third-seeded Saint Thomas Aquinas 59-57 in the LHSAA Class 2A semifinal.

LAKE CHARLES, LA—The seventh-seeded North Caddo outlasted third-seeded St. Thomas Aquinas 59-57 in the Class 2A semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Girls’ Top 28 basketball tournament Thursday in Burton Coliseum.
    Saint Thomas Aquinas had a three opportunities, trailing by two in the final 15 seconds, but failed to convert as it turned the ball over all three possessions.
    North Caddo trailed for a majority of the first half, with their deficit peaking at seven points with less than two minutes remaining in the second quarter. However, the Rebels of North Caddo scored the final six points of the half to cut the Lady Falcon lead to a point before halftime.
    The two teams kept it close for the rest of the second half. With the game tied at 48, North Caddo junior Jasmine Thomas converted a three-point play with 3:08 remaining that put the Lady Rebels ahead for good.
    Saint Thomas junior Regan Bolton tallied a game-high 26 points. Sumer Williams and sophomore Keyarrea Easter led the Lady Rebels combining for 53 points and 35 rebounds. Williams and Easter each posted double-doubles.

Saint Thomas Ladies punch ticket to LHSAA Class 2A Final Four!
Lady Falcons overcome foul trouble, shooting and tournover woes to advance with 48-39 win over Pine.

HAMMOND—The 3rd-seeded Saint Thomas Lady Falcons overcame some early foul trouble and turnover and shooting woes along with battling a stingy 6th-seeded Lady Raider team from Pine to advance to the LHSAA Class 2A Semi-finals with 48-39 win. Juniors Regan Bolton and Courtney Dawsey combined for 33 points, while senior Jada Richard worked the paint for six rebounds and three blocked shots.
    Both teams came into the contest riding 13-game winning streaks and both struggled with early foul troubles in a stingy defensive contest, but it would be the Lady Falcons who made the plays down the stretch to earn the win.
    “We were able to make some really big shots and had some very important rebounds at the end of the game to get this win,” said Lady Falcon head coach Melanie Kramer. “We missed some shots we nornmally make and turned the ball over more than normal, but there were some nerves early. We got quality minutes from our bench and that was key in getting the win with the early foul troubles we got into.”
    Pine jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the opening minutes, but Saint Thomas answered with a three-point play by Richard to put the Lady Falcons on the scoreboard. A trey by Bolton at the end of the first quarter pushed the Lady Falcons into the lead at 14-12.
    A pair of three-point baskets by Bolton in the opening moments of the second quarter extended the Lady Falcon lead to 22-17 with 5:44 remaining in the first half. However, Richard and Bolton were both forced to the bench with foul trouble and Pine took advantage. The Lady Raiders cut into the deficit to make it 25-20. Bolton reentered the contest with two minutes left and drained her third trey just before the buzzer to give the Lady Falcons a 29-21 at the break.
    Pine scored the first two baskets to begin the third quarter to cut the lead to 29-27. However, the Lady Falcons responded with Bolton scoring on a jump shot and she then added two free throws to give Saint Thomas a 33-27 edge with 2:05 remaining in the period.
    Sophomore Carly Drude of the Lady Falcons scored on a break away layup and then Bolton added insult to injury with a three-pointer at the conclusion of the quarter to give the Lady Falcons their biggest lead at 40-29 heading into the fourth period.
    “Regan made some big shots especially early on and one at the end of the third quarter and that was huge four us,” said Kramer.
    The Lady Raiders kept the pressure on and closed to within 41-37 by going on a 8-1 scoring surge to start the final period. Saint Thomas used free throws down the stretch to hang on to its lead. Courtney Dawsey made four foul shots in the final two minutes to keep the Lady Falcons ahead as the Lady Raiders were forced to foul to stop the clock.
    Pine saw two of its starters foul out and were able to outscore STA by a 10-8 margin in the fourth quarter, but STA connected on key baskets and free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
    “It was uncharacteristic that we missed so many foul shots, but in a small gym like this with so many people it was just nerves,” added Kramer.
    Saint Thomas improved to 25-8 on the season and extended its winning streak to 15 with the last loss coming on Jan. 10 against Cabrini. Pine ended its season with a 24-8 mark and saw its win streak end at 13. Saint Thomas will await its playoff opponent between the winner of Lake Arthur/North Caddo for its semifinal matchup.
    
Lady Falcons get DEFENSIVE!
Saint Thomas Ladies limit Episcopal to six points or less in all four periods en route to a 57-21 win.

HAMMOND—The Lady Falcons put on a defensive clinic Monday night as they limited the visiting Episcopal Lady Knights to six points or less in all four periods scoring a 57-21 win to advance to the LHSAA Quarterfinals set for Thursday when Saint Thomas will host sixth-seeded Pine. Sophomore Jordan Strahan led the Saint Thomas offense with 17 points.
    Saint Thomas opened the contest with some shooting woes early as shots off steals were not dropping but a suffocating defense held the Lady Knights to just six points as Saint Thomas led by two after one. The Lady Falcons doubled the output of Episcopal in the second stanza out-gunning them 12-6 to take a 20-12 lead at intermission.
    The Lady Falcons held Episcopal scoreless for the first six minutes of the third period rolling to a 35-12 lead as junior Regan Bolton hit a pair of charity stripe shots. Bolton would finish with 11.
    The home-standing Lady Falcons sent the Lady Knights home with one final defensive surge holding Episcopal to just 3 points in the period while scoring 16. Sophomore Carly Drude had 10 for the winners, while junior Courtney Dawsey and senior Jada Richard each had nine.
    
Ladies take of business advancing in a rout.
Saint Thomas Ladies roll past visiting Calvary Baptist 68-44 to advance to the Regionals.

HAMMOND—The third-seeded Lady Falcons were all business Thursday night as they dismissed the visiting Lady Cavs of Calvary Baptist 68-44 to advance to the Regional round of the Class 2A Playoffs. Juniors Courtney Dawsey and Regan Bolton led the way on offense scoring 20 and 17 points respectively and combining for five treys. The Lady Falcons will host 14th-seeded Episcopal on Monday. The Lady Knights advanced defeating 19th-seeded Ferriday 52-27.
    The Lady Falcons opened the contest with a 17-5 run as senior Jada Richard hit a short jumper with 3:09 showing in the first. Saint Thomas put twenty in the second while limiting the Lady Cavs to 13 to take a 39-23 advantage at intermission and put Calvary Baptist away in the third outgunning them 19-4 to take a commanding 58-27 lead into the final stanza.
    Margo Pleaze led the Lady Cavs and all scorers with 21, while teammate Kenndi Heard added 11.
    
Just Perfect! Ladies finish 10-0 in District play ... playoffs coing soon.
Saint Thomas Ladies run the table in league play finishing district play with 53-19 win over Springfield.

HAMMOND—The Lady Falcons showed off a suffocating defense opening the contest with a 12-2 run. The Lady Bulldogs rallied a bit in the final minutes of the period cutting the deficit to eight as Saint Thomas led 20-12 after one. However, any hopes of a complete rally by Springfield were quickly dashed as the Lady Falcons held the Lady Bulldogs to just one field goal over the final three stanzas.
    “We played much better defensively in the second half to limit their points,” said Saint Thomas head coach Melanie Kramer.
    The third-ranked Lady Falcons are the 7-2A District champions with a perfect 10-0 mark for the second year in a row under Coach Kramer. The unofficial LHSAA Class 2A rankings show Saint Thomas just behind top ranked Pickering and second ranked Lake Arthur. Lady Falcon District foes Doyle and French Settlement are ranked eight and tenth respectively.
    
Ladies roll to double-digit win over rival Doyle.
Saint Thomas Ladies put five in double figures to score a 67-43 win.

HAMMOND—Despite managing only a slim 12-11 lead after one period, the Lady Falcons made it look easy the rest of the way outscoring the Lady Tigers 55-32 over the final three periods. Five Saint Thomas Ladies finished in double figures with sophomore Carly Drude leading with 17 followed by juniors Regan Bolton and Courtney Dawsey with 14 and 11 respectively and senior Jada Richard and sophomore Jordan Strahan each with 10.
    Leading by just one the Lady Falcons quickly increased their lead to ten as Richard hit a shot in the paint with 3:25 left in the second to give Saint Thomas a 24-14 advantage. The home-standing ladies would finish the first half with a 31-21 lead and increase it to 19 at 49-30 late in the third.
    The victory kept the Lady Falcons atop the District standings with a perfect 7-0 mark with three league games to go.
    
Ladies stay on top of District with rout of Saint Helena.
Saint Thomas Ladies remain perfect in league play at 6-0! Regan Bolton tosses in 14 to pace win.

HAMMOND—The St. Thomas Aquinas Lady Falcons put away St. Helena early with a 23-5 first-quarter run in a 65-25 District 7-2A victory. Regan Bolton had 13 of her game-high 14 points in the quarter as Saint Thomas maintained first place in the district.
    “Our girls did a really good job in the break so we scored a lot very quickly early in the game on the fastbreak,” said STA coach Melanie Kramer.
    Bolton connected on five field field goals in the opening quarter. Carly Drude and Jada Richard added four points each. Keamedra Self had all five points for St. Helena (3-13, 2-4) in the period. Meghan Becerra scored the first field goal for either team in the second quarter on a jumper at the 5:20 mark that gave St. Thomas a 28-6 lead. Yvette Miller and Haleigh Laylle knocked down a pair of 3s as the Lady Falcons took a 36-7 lead into the half. St. Helenas lone points came on free throws by Lynae Burton and Takesha Johnson.
    “We did a really good job rotating on their ball screens and we got steals off that and were able to capitalize on them,” Kramer said of her teams defensve effort in the first half.
    Courtney Dawsey found Drude inside to give St. Thomas a 40-7 lead early in the third before St. Helena got back on theb scoreboard on a jumper by Johnson at the 6:22 mark. Johnson, who also had a pair of layups, scored six of the Lady Hawks seven points in the quarter. Drude and Becerra hit 3s as the Lady Falcons took a 49-14 lead into the fourth.
    Drude added 13 points for St. Thomas, which had 12 different players score in the contest. Johnson and Self had 10 points each to lead St. Helena.

Ladies make three District wins in a row.
Lady stay atop the league standings with 53-43 win over French Settlement.

HAMMOND—Saint Thomas Aquinas used a suffocating defense to score a 53-43 victory over French Settlement in a battle for the District 7-2A lead. The Lady Falcons were able to create turnovers out of its press to jump-started their offense.
    “I think our girls really did a good job in the press and we were able to force some turnovers and get some easy layups out of it,” Saint Thomas head coach Melanie Kramer said. “That really helped us. And we did a great job of blocking out tonight. They (French Settlement) are very scrappy, but I think this was the one time that we out-sized them because were usually pretty little. I think we did a really good job on the boards tonight.”
    Saint Thomas (12-9, 3-0) will play Ellender in a makeup game on Thursday before hosting Runnels in district action on Friday. French Settlement (13-9, 2-1) hosts St. Helena.
    French Settlement rallied from an early 10-point deficit to tie the game at 26 on a jumper by Eden Case with 5:33 left in the third. Jordan Strahan regained the lead for Saint Thomas with two free throws 13 seconds later. Regan Bolton then found Carly Drude inside to give the Lady Falcons a 30-26 lead at the five-minute mark.
    Case answered with a layup for the Lady Lions. But STA came back with eight-straight points. Strahan scored off a Jada Richard pass, then found Drude for a pair of baskets. Richard knocked down a jumper from the top of the key to make it 38-28 with 2:14 left. Bolton added a 3 with 12 seconds left to give the Lady Falcons a 41-30 lead going into the fourth. French Settlement closed to within 45-38 as Alyssa Wheat scored off a steal with 3:33 left. But St. Thomas again answered with an 8-0 run with Strahan scoring off a Bolton pass to make it 53-38 with a minute left. Bolton finished with a game-high 17 points while Strahan added 16 and Drude 12.
    French Settlement was led by Case with 14 points and Ashton Gill with 11. French Settlement took its lone lead of the game at 4-2 on a Wheat layup. St. Thomas followed with an 8-0 run, going up 14-4 on a jumper by Bolton with 1:42 left. Gill scored off a Angel Letulle steal to pull the Lady Lions to within 14-8 at the end of the period.
    A trey by Bolton following a Meghan Becerra layup off a steal gave St. Thomas a 19-12 lead with 6:26 left in the half. Courtney Dawsey, who saw limited action in her return from a finger injury, found Strahan on the break to make it 24-19 with 1:20 left before Gill hit a 3 to cut the deficit to 24-22 at the half.

Ladies score key District 59-56 road win over rival Doyle.
Junior Regan Bolton tossed in 29 point to pace victory.

DOYLE—The Saint Thomas Ladies made it two District wins in a row improving to 2-0 in league play as junior Regan Bolton collected 29 points to pace a 59-56 win over rival Doyle.
    The two squads played to a 25-all tie at intermission, but the Lady Falcons outgunned the Lady Tigers 16-12 in the third and hung on in the final stanza to get the win as Doyle edged Saint Thomas 19-18 in the period.
    Carly Drude tossed in 11 for Saint Thomas and Jada Richard added seven more for the winners.

Ladies open District with 61-43 win over Saint Helena.
Senior Jada Richard led all scorers with 21 points.

HAMMOND—The Saint Thomas Ladies opened league play with a dominating performance notching an 18-point win over the visiting Lady Hawks of Saint Helena. Senior Jada Richard paced the offense with 21 points while junior Regan Bolton added ten. Sophomore Jordan Strahan and senior Taylor Kinnison each had eight for the winners.
    The Lady Falcons opened with a 21-14 run and extended their margin in the second holding the Lady Hawks to just four points while tossing in 15 to take a 36-18 lead at intermission.

Lady Patriots upset Saint Thomas.
Lady Falcons come up short in overtime thriller as John Curtis gets the win.

HAMMOND—The Lady Falcons and Lady Patriots needed an extra period to determine a winner Tuesday night as John Curtis got a short jumper from junior Lacee Ancar with 23 seconds left in overtime to put the Lady Patriots up 55-54 and freshman Dynah Jones hit one of two free throws with seconds left to secure a 56-54 win. Jones would finish with 25 points leading all scorers.
    The Saint Thomas Ladies traded baskets with the visiting Lady Patriots for three periods taking a 42-36 lead heading into the final stanza. John Curtis rallied, however, outscoring the Lady Falcons 14-8 down the stretch and took the contest into overtime on the strength of a pair free throws by sophomore Dee Dee Brown with two seconds left. Saint Thomas had trailed 48-47 with less than thirty seconds left when junior Regan Bolton tossed in a three-pointer from the parking lot to put the Lady Falcons up by two at 50-48.
    Courtney Dawsey led Saint Thomas with 22 points followed by Bolton with 10 and Carly Drude with nine. Brown had 15 for John Curtis.

Lady Falcons score at charity stripe to hold off surging Lady Warriors.
Saint Thomas Ladies end year with 47-33 win over parish rival Amite.

HAMMOND—The Lady Falcons ran into a pesky Amite team Tuesday night that would not yield despite an opening period 21-8 run by Saint Thomas. The Lady Warriors fell behind by as much as 17-points at the five minute mark of the second period, but rallied to close to within five at intermission and trailed only by one with four minutes left in the third stanza. The Saint Thomas Ladies used a late surge at the charity stripe going 9-of-13 in the final period to finally pull away for a 47-33 win.
    Courtney Dawsey led the Lady Falcons with 15 points going 5-for-12 (42%) from the field while also sinking 62% (5-for-8) of free throws attempted. Regan Bolton notched three treys scoring 14 points total. Carly Drude added 6 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal, 4 blocks, Jordan Strahan 5 points, 5 rebounds, and a steal), while Jada Richard tossed in 4 points, 10 rebounds, 1 steal, and collected 10 blocked shots.   
    
Lady Falcons defeat West Monroe in overtime 60-57!
Saint Thomas Ladies start Walker Tourney in impressive passion.

WALKER, LA—The Saint Thomas Aquinas Ladies defeated 7th-ranked West Monroe 60-57 in overtime on Friday in their opening contest of the annual Walker Tourney. An 18-point second quarter allowed Aquinas Lady Falcons Varsity to pull ahead early on the heels of a 12-3 run, eventually claiming a 28-23 lead by halftime.
    Regan Bolton was successful from the field, making 53% (8-for-15) of shots attempted as well as 60% (3-for-5) of threes attempted. She also shot well from the line, making 75% (3-for-4) of free throws attempted.
    Courtney Dawsey scored in double digits, scoring 19 points for Saint Thomas Aquinas (8-for-12). Jada Richard sank two three-pointers and scored six points total. Also chipping in for the Lady Falcons were Jordan Strahan (6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal) and Carly Drude (4 points, 1 steal, 1 block). Richard was a big defensive contributor as well, racking up six rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
    Saint Thomas Aquinas finished the game with 29 rebounds (seven offensive/22 defensive), six blocks and nine steals.

Richard scores 15 as Lady Falcons edge Byrd 51-46.
Saint Thomas Lady rally for win with big third period.

BATON ROUGE—Senior Jada Richard tossed in a pair of three pointers collecting 15 points to help pace a 51-46 win over Byrd in the St. Michaels Tourney. Junior Regan Bolton kept the hot hand scoring 16 point to give her two double-digit point outputs in a row.
    The Lady Falcons fell behind early, trailing 22-19 by the halftime, but rallied back in the final two quarters cemented their lead in the third quarter, scoring 20 points.
    Courtney Dawsey had 10 points, while Meghan Becerra added 5 points, 10 rebounds, and 1 steal. Taylor Kinnison had 2 point sand Carly Drude 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, and 3 blocks .Richard was a big defensive contributor as well, racking up 10 rebounds, four steals and six blocks. Saint Thomas finished the game with 36 rebounds (13 offensive/23 defensive), 15 blocks and 14 steals.
    
Lady Falcons SMACK St. Joseph’s 63-43!
Bolton collects 25 points to pace victory.

BATON ROUGE—The Lady Falcons improved to 4-3 Friday night with a 63-43 win over St. Joseph's on Saturday on the strength of junior Regan Bolton, who scored 25 points as they continued play in the Saint Michaels Tourney in Baton Rouge.
    Saint Thomas concluded the first half 36-16 on the heels of a 26-4 run. Bolton found success all over the court for Aquinas Lady Falcons Varsity, making 77% (10-for-13) of shots attempted while also sinking 100% (4-for-4) of free throws attempted.
    Jordan Strahan scored eight points and had five rebounds, and a one steal while, Carly Drude added seven points, four rebounds, and three steals. Meghan Becerra tossed in six points, four rebounds, seven steals and had one.block. Jada Richard had six points, three rebounds, three steals, and two blocks), while Courtney Dawsey tossed in six points and collected 3 steals.
    The Lady Falcons finished the game with 25 rebounds (eight offensive/17 defensive), three blocks and 21 steals.

Lady Falcons knock off rival Albany 64-53!
Courtney Dawsey tossed in 25 points.

ALBANY—Junior Courtney Dawsey tossed in 25 points to pace the Lady Falcons to a 64-53 victory over Albany on Saturday in the annual Tres Bridges Classic hosted by Albany. Dawsey hit a jumper to put the Lady Falcons up in the third quarter and secure the win.
    The Saint Thonas Ladies scored early, claiming a 29-25 lead at the half. The Lady Falcons Varsity solidified their lead in the final quarter, scoring 21 points. Dawsey led the charge for Saint Thomas offense, scoring 25 points, with 13 points during the fourth period. She also contributed six rebounds and three steals.
    Regan Bolton had 12 pointsand Jada Richard added 10. Also chipping in for Saint Thomas were Carly Drude (9 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 3 blocks) and Jordan Strahan (8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal). Richard was a big defensive contributor as well, racking up five rebounds, two steals and four blocks.
    The Lady Falcons finished the game with 33 rebounds (11 offensive/22 defensive), eight blocks and 11 steals.

Saint Thomas Ladies make it two in a row.
The Lady Falcons defeat Kentwood 52-21 on Day 2 of the annual Veritas Challenge.

HAMMOND—The Lady Falcons made it two in a row Tuesday rolling past the visiting Lady Roos of Kentwood 52-21. Junior Regan Bolton tossed in 17 points to pace a fast start as the Saint Thomas Ladies took a commanding 21-8 first period lead and never looked back.
    The Lady Falcons limited the Lady Roos to just eight points in the second period and only two in the fourth. Sophomore Carly Drude had 12 points and junior Courtney Dawsey added 11 and freshman Haleigh Laylle had six for the winners.

Saint Thomas Ladies open season with win!
The Lady Falcons defeat Evangel 49-40 on Day 1 of the annual Veritas Challenge.

HAMMOND—The Lady Falcons opened their new campaign with a 49-40 win over the visiting Evangel Lady Eagles on day one of the annual Veritas Challenge hosted by Saint Thomas Monday night. The Saint Thomas Ladies produced a balanced scoring attack as Carly Drude dropped in 13 points followed by Regan Bolton with nine and Courtney Dawsey with eight.
    The Lady Falcons opened with a 6-1 run as senior Jada Richard hit a jumper in the lane. Evangel answered, however, rallying to within one at 8-7 at the end of the first period.
    The second period would mirror the first as the two squads traded defensive blows with Saint Thomas managing just 11 points and Evangel 10 giving the Lady Falcons a slim 19-17 advantage at intermission.
    The Lady Falcons picked up their offensive tempo in the third stanza tossing in 17 points, but the Lady Eagles kept it close scoring 16 to trail by only a trey at 36-33.
    Saint Thomas opened the final period with a 6-0 run taking a 40-33 lead and finished the quarter out-scoring Evangel 13-7 to secure the win.
    Richard led the Lady Falcons defense blocking four shots in the paint collecting nine rebounds and a pair of steals while tossing in five points. Tiara Young paced the Lady Eagles with 14 points and six rebounds.




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