Hanson Memorial, which strung together its second consecutive Louisiana High School Athletic Association victory, will battle No. 1 West St. John, who beat No. 16 White Castle in the quarterfinals next week.
Different players took turns scoring to lead the No. 8 seeded Hanson Memorial Lady Tigers to an early lead over the No. 9 seeded Country Day Lady Cajuns.
“We played hard and there wasn’t anybody on our team that was outstanding offensively tonight or outstanding defensively as we worked as a team and it was a team effort that enabled us to get the job done,” HMS Coach Dustin Cole said. “There was no one person, it was the six or seven girls we played. We all got together and got the win.”
The Hanson Lady Tigers secured a 17-9 first quarter lead before stretching their cushion to 27-19 at the half.
Hanson managed to nurse a 35-29 advantage over Country Day before salting away the hard-fought 47-43 triumph.
The Hanson Lady Tigers built up an eight-point lead at 35-29 at the 2:06 mark of the fourth stanza period before holding off a late-game charge from the Lady Cajuns.
“We never quit and we hustled as our offense wasn’t fluid like I planned when we had the seven or eight point lead with about 4 minutes left to go, so we just hustled and our defense stood strong,” Cole said.
Country Day managed to gain its only lead early in the game at 3-2 in the opening moments of the first stanza..
The Hanson Lady Tigers benefited from good defense, rebounding and free throws to turn back Country Day and record their second straight playoff win.
In the privotal fourth quarter, Country Day’s Victoria Waguespack knocked down both ends of a one-and-one to knot the game at 41-41 with a mere 46.5 seconds remaining.
The Hanson Lady Tigers quickly regained the lead at 43-41 on a layup by leading scorer Katie Sonnier off a dish from Brittney Broussard with 34.5 ticks left to play.
Waguespack later missed the front end of a crucial one-and-one and the result was Hanson’s Emily Sonnier going glass for a layup, giving the HMS Lady Tigers a 45-41 lead.
A short time later, Hanson’s Macie Guillotte calmly stepped to the charity stripe and drained a pair of freebies, handing HMS a 47-41 cushion with 10 seconds blinking on the clock.
Waguespack scored on a short jumper with 2.7 seconds left to play but it was too little and too late as the HMS Lady Tigers strolled away with the resounding 47-43 victory.
Katie Sonnier and Brittany Broussard led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 14 points apiece. Sonnier bagged a trio of 3-pointers and a pair of deuces along with 1 of 2 free throws. Broussard made good on five floor shots and 4 of 6 charity shots.
Emily Sonnier fired in 11 points on one trey and four deuces to round out the double-digit scorers.
Macie Guillotte finished with seven points while Haley Bollinger tossed in one point for the HMS Lady Tigers.
Country Day’s Victoria Wasguespack and M. Waguespack finished in double digit scoring with 16 and 15 points respectively.