MONROE (AP) — Behind the 1-2 punch of Damian Jones and Brian Bridgewater, Scotlandville Magnet defeated Ouachita Parish 80-71 in overtime to capture the 2013 Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 5A boys state championship Saturday night.
Jones scored 21 points and recorded 10 rebounds for Scotlandville (34-3), and Bridgewater finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
Cameron Sims led all Ouachita (31-5) scorers with 24 points and 10 rebounds
Leading 31-30 heading into the second half, Scotlandville outscored Ouachita 27-19 in the third quarter as Bridgewater ignited an 11-4 run to start the third.
Ouachita went on a late run to put the game into overtime as Chris Sumbler hit a 3-pointer with under a minute left in regulation.
The 2013 championship marks back-to-back titles for the Hornets, the first for a 5A program since Brother Martin captured back-to-back crowns in 2004 and 2005.
Ellis, Southwood down Natchitoches Central 62-34
Jessica Ellis scored 20 points as top-seeded Southwood dominated Natchitoches Central 62-34 to win the 2013 LHSAA Class 5A state championship Saturday night in Monroe.
Senior forward Kourtney Pennywell also had 18 points in the win for the Cowboys and forward Keona Favis added 10 points.
Gabriella Cortez led Natchitoches Central (27-5) with 12 points to go along with seven rebounds. Senior guard Victoria Rachal also had eight points and seven rebounds for the Lady Chiefs.
This is the 11th state title for the Lady Cowboys (31-1) in the state’s highest classification since the 1992 season and first since the 2006 season.
Never trailing in the game, Southwood outscored Natchitoches Central 18-4 in the second quarter for a commanding 34-12 halftime lead.
The Southwood lead ballooned to as many as 34 in the final quarter en route to another state championship.
Riverside wins Louisiana boys’ 2A crown
Cory Costanza had 15 points as Riverside defeated St. Thomas Aquinas 60-49 in the 2013 LHSAA Class 2A boys state championship Game Saturday in Monroe.
Herb McGee added 13 and Charvon Julien had 11 points as the Rebels (28-5) captured their first state championship in two years.
Vincent Walker led St. Thomas Aquinas (27-7) with a game-high 17 points. Kaylan Richardson had 11 for the Falcons.
Riverside broke out to a 12-3 advantage and led by as much as 12 in the first half.
However, St. Thomas Aquinas took a 44-42 lead with 5:21 to go in the game after a pair of Walker free throws.
With 3:09 to play, Riverside went on a 7-0 run behind a pair of 3-pointers by Costanza to take a 54-47 lead.
St. Thomas Aquinas
captures 2A crown
Amber Donnes scored 14 points to lead the St. Thomas Aquinas Lady Falcons in a 49-42 victory against John Curtis in the 2013 LHSAA Class 2A girls championship game Saturday afternoon in Monroe.
Carly Keller also had seven points and seven rebounds to help St. Thomas Aquinas (30-5) capture its first state championship since 2010.
Kolby Morgan led John Curtis (24-8) with a game-high 16 points and Tia Charles had 11 points and four rebounds.
John Curtis would get as close as 41-40 late in the fourth quarter on a Morgan basket with 2:06 remaining, but Keller hit a pair of free throws to put the game out of reach and give the Lady Falcons the championship.
St. Thomas More beats Northside 51-43 in 4A final
Behind senior Matt Roberts’ 15 points, St. Thomas More defeated Northside 51-43 in the LHSAA Class 4A boys championship game Friday night.
Trey Touchet also scored 15 points for the Cougars (33-4), who captured their first state title since 1986.
Northside (27-6) was led by Gerard Andrus, who finished with 17 points.
In the third game of the season between the district rivals, St. Thomas More took the lead coming out of halftime on back-to-back buckets by Roberts and Touchet, which gave the Cougars a 21-18 advantage. It was a lead they never relinquished.
Northside got as close as 31-28 near the end of the third quarter, but the Cougars answered with a 6-0 run to extend the advantage to 37-28 at the start of the final quarter to all but put the game out of reach.
Salmen girls slip past St. Thomas More 40-39
A pair of free throws by junior guard Megan Brown with six seconds left led the Salmen Lady Spartans a 40-39 victory against St. Thomas More in the 2013 LHSAA Class 4A State Championship game.
Trailing 39-38 with 6.2 seconds remaining in regulation, Brown attempted a 3-pointer that was blocked, but a foul was called on Cougars guard Jodi Quinn that sent Brown to the free-throw line for three attempts.
After missing the first, Brown hit the next two to give the Spartans the 4A title, their first since winning back-to-back championships in 1996 and 1997.
The Spartans (29-5) were led by Kalani Brown’s 12 points and 17 rebounds, and Hayley Pichon scored 11 points.
Allison Derise scored 12 points and Jodi Quinn chipped in 10 for St. Thomas More (30-6).
Pelican wins second straight boys’ Class C title
Pelican All Saints High School won its second consecutive boys’ basketball state championship Friday, and it could be the school’s last.
Zikiteran Woodley led all scorers with 28 points and hit a crucial jump shot and an “and-1” with 12 seconds left to lift No. 2 Pelican to a 61-59 win against top-seeded Atlanta in the Class C title game at Fant-Ewing Coliseum in Monroe.
Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley said Feb. 14 that the DeSoto Parish school would close amid budget woes. The Jaguars (22-8) haven’t lost since the announcement was made.
Atlanta (26-5) was led by Kentrel Sapp’s 22 points, while his brother and teammate, Taren Sapp, missed a potential game-winning 3-point shot with four seconds left. Steve Evans added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs.
Dubach gets 60-58 win for girls’ Class C title
For Dubach, it was a clean sweep.
The Lady Hornets held on for the team’s third victory in three tries against Saline this season with a 60-58 win in the Louisiana Girls’ Class C State Championship game Friday at Fant-Ewing Coliseum in Monroe.
Sueterrica Key scored 41 points and led Dubach (26-2) with 12 rebounds. No other Dubach player scored in double digits, but Carletta Thomas matched Key’s 12 rebounds.
Saline (26-6), who only played five players in the game, was led by KeAnna Rainwater’s 22 points, while Diamond Bradley added 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Dubach trailed 45-41 entering the fourth quarter but started the period with a 10-1 run. Saline tied it at 58 with 22 seconds left but failed to get another shot off before time expired.