It didn’t matter.
The Lady Wildcats made enough plays to overcome a second-half drought and came away with a 37-27 win over Acadiana at the Vermilion Catholic Yuletide Classic.
“We started really well,” Abbeville head coach Ward Courville.
The Lady Wildcats surged to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter with the help of a pair of three-point shots from Jasmine Dozier, who hit four threes on the way to 17 points.
Abbeville took a 22-11 lead into the locker room. Offense didn’t come easy in the third quarter.
“We hit a lull,” Courville said. “Acadiana had something to do with that. They played physical. It was a real physical game.
“Once the game tightened up, we played much better.”
Rechelle Bessard put back a rebound with 3:38 to play to put Abbeville up 30-24. Sloan Larriviere hit a three to bring Acadiana within three at 30-27. But Dozier answered with her fourth trey moments later.
“We made plays when we had to,” Courville said.
That included on the defensive end.
“Our defense played exceptional,” Courville said. “We had 15 steals.”
Bessard, Ashantae Thibodeaux and Wayna Briggs led Abbeville with three steals apiece. Bessard scored 12 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. Thibodeaux scored six and blocked five shots.
“It wasn’t pretty,” Courville said. “But it was a W.”
The win is the Lady Wildcats’ third in a row. They will try to make it four today at 2:30 p.m. when they take on Carencro. The winner of that game will advance to Thursday’s 7 p.m. championship game.
“We’re doing the things we need to do,” Courville said of his team having a chance to get back to the Yuletide final. “We slowly coming together.”