The universe is aligned once again. Anacoco is headed to the state semifinals after a 10 year absence.


The universe is aligned once again. Anacoco is headed to the state semifinals after a 10 year absence.
Even though both teams were neck and neck during the first two quarters, the Anacoco Lady Indians turned up the heat in the second half to overcome the Weston Lady Wolves, claiming a 55-42 victory Monday night at Anacoco High School in the quarterfinals of LHSAA class B playoffs.?The Lady Indians will play in a semifinal game for the first time since  winning their fifth straight championship in the 2002 season.
Anacoco improved to 37-6 overall on the season. They will continue their quest for the championship when they play the Fairview Lady Panthers (37-5) on Thursday at 6 p.m. in Lake Charles Civic Center.?The Weston Lady Wolves finished out their season with a 25-9 record.?Before the Lady Indians stepped out onto the court, their teammate Angela Ortiz, out on an injury, said she was confident in her team.?“I definitely have confidence in what we are doing. We’re going to come out and do to the best of our abilities,” Ortiz said. “I believe we’re the better team and we’ll just see what happens tonight.”?The Lady Indians got off to a 5-0 start in the first quarter, with Nicole Wenthe shooting a two and Ashlie Dowden with a three. The Lady Wolves took their first lead of 10 points with only three minutes left in the quarter. Ashlie Dowden later shot a three with only a few seconds left to tie up the game 12-12, ending the first quarter.?Megan Stanley started the second quarter with a free throw, putting the Indians back in the lead followed by Wenthe shooting a two. The Lady Panthers moved out to a four point lead until Colleen Reese made a basket and Jenna Price shot a free throw, ending the second quarter 28-27 with Weston taking a one point advantage into halftime.?Starting the third quarter, both teams shot a three pointer back-to-back, getting the crowd on their feet as each team battled for the lead. The Lady Indians came out strong defensively and offensively, pushing out a seven point lead to end the third quarter 40-33.?Out of breath and red faces, Anacoco never rested, keeping Weston on their toes during the fourth quarter. Ariel Dowden and Price played hard-nosed defense, blocking shots and rebounding well. Stanley was on her game, shooting a pair of three’s for the Lady Indians to take a 13 point lead. With only 50 seconds left in the game, Stanley sunk two free throws, giving Anacoco a 16 points cushion until Weston's Allison Newton shot a three with only four seconds left. But it wasn’t enough to take the win and Anacoco celebrated their victory of 55-42.?Stanley led Anacoco with 21 points while Ariel Dowden scored 11. Wenthe added nine points to the Lady Indians’ win. Newton contributed 16 points for Weston followed by Kelsey Hicks, shooting 15 points.?Lady Indians’ head coach Michele Goins shed a few tears for her team’s victory and advancement to the state semifinals. She said she was never nervous for her team during the first two quarters because they kept the points close and she knew they would come out on top in the final two quarters.  ?“We are a second-half team,” Goins said. “I’m very proud of how they played tonight and excited to move on to the next game.”