Basketball: Catholic, Scotlandville, Riverside and hosts advance to Country Day semifinals

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And then there were four.

A pair of defending state champions and a pair of state title contenders, an unbeaten nationally ranked squad and a title contender have advanced to the semifinals of the Country Day Tournament in Metairie.

In quarterfinal action Thursday, host Country Day was impressive in a 66-47 victory over St. Paul’s.

Center Justin Ibieta, who returned recently from an injury, led the way with 14 points. The Cajuns led 17-7 after one quarter and 32-20 at halftime and never looked back. Shawn Royal added nine points for Country Day (8-3). The win was the fifth straight for the Cajuns. St. Paul’s (9-2) saw its eight game win streak come to an end.

Country Day advances to take on Catholic of Baton Rouge in the semifinals Friday at 7 p.m.

The Bears fought off McDonogh 35 by a 55-47 margin.

The other semifinal will pit traditional powers Riverside and Scotlandville against each other at 8:30 p.m.

The Rebels remained unbeaten with a 61-45 victory over Landry-Walker.

Alabama signee Jared Butler pumped in 32 points to lead Riverside (12-0). The Rebels led 10-9 after one quarter and expanded the lead to 10 points by halftime. It was 48-38 going to the final quarter. Semaj Matthers had 18 for the Chargin’ Bucs (8-4).

The meeting is the second this season between the Rebels and Hornets. Riverside won a 75-73 thriller at Scotlandville on Dec. 11.

Area Prep Basketball Results from Thursday, Dec. 21


New Orleans Area

Country Day Tournament


Country Day 66, St. Paul’s 47

Catholic (BR) 55, McDonogh 35  47

Scotlandville 72, Crescent City Christian 57

Riverside 61, Landry-Walker 45

Consolation Bracket

John Curtis 61, Northshore 54

De La Salle 54, Hahnville 53

Karr 50, St. Charles Catholic 37

St. Thomas More 52, Archbishop Rummel 46


Franklinton 67, Brother Maritn 66 (OT)

Jesuit 51, Warren Easton 50

Lafayette Christian 78, West Jefferson 48 (Lafayette Christian Tournament)

Newman 46, Archbishop Shaw 29

Slidell 56, Archbishop Hannan 40

St. James 65, West St. John 27

Baton Rouge Area

Denham Springs 64, Amite 48  (Walker Tournament)

Dutchtown 79, Lutcher 37  (Walker Tournament)

Live Oak 77, Ponchatoula 69 (Walker Tournament)

Walker 81 Jehovah-Jireh 58  (Walker Tournament)

Ascension Catholic 55, Albany 52  (French Settlement Tournament)

Dunham 82, Springfield 33

East Iberville 70, Highland Baptist 11

Madison Prep 60, Westgate 57 (Lafayette Christian Tournament)

Port Allen 70, Maurepas 22 (French Settlement Tournament)

St. Michael 49, Central 28

Thibodaux 66, Plaquemine 46

University 69, Opelousas 66 (Lafayette Christian Tournament)

Bayou Area

Assumption 64, Central Catholic 60  (Central Lafourche Tournament)

Centerville 68, Ascension Episcopal 56

Central Lafourche 64, Chalmette 39  (Central Lafourche Tournament)


New Orleans Area

Archbishop Chapelle 41, Franklinton 38

Archbishop Hannan 35, Ascension Episcopal 22

Ascension Episcopal 45, Grand Isle 27

Dominican 41, St. Joseph’s Academy 25

Mandeville 65, Covington 46

Newman 44, Lusher 12

Northlake Christian 30, Archbishop Chapelle 21

Northlake Christian 39, Cohen 29

Scotlandville 51, Lake Area New Tech 43

South Terrebonne 60, Destrehan 44

Baton Rouge Area

Dunham 56, Broadmoor 18

East Iberville 50, Baker 35

Glen Oaks 59, Dutchtown 52

Lee 53, Fontainebleau 39

Lutcher 56, St. Amant 43

McKinley 50, Landry-Walker 34

Mentorship Academy 64, Capitol 11

Salmen 74, Parkview Baptist 54

St. John 42, Brusly 33

Wossman 59, University Lab 55

Bayou Area

Abbeville 55, Patterson 33

Central Catholic 56, Franklin 37

South Lafourche 71, Terrebonne 16

E.D. White Catholic 58, H.L. Bourgeois 56

Area Prep Basketball Schedule for Friday, Dec. 22


New Orleans Area

Country Day Tournament

Northshore vs. Archbishop Rummel, 10 a.m.

Hahnville vs. St. Charles Catholic, 11:30 a.m.

Crescent City Christian vs. Landry-Walker, 1 p.m.

McDonogh 35 vs. St. Paul’s, 2:30 p.m.

De La Salle vs. Karr, 4 p.m.

John Curtis Christian vs. St. Thomas More, 5:30 p.m.

Country Day vs. Catholic (BR), 7 p.m. (semifinal)

Riverside vs. Scotlandville, 8:30 p.m. (semifinal)


East Feliciana at Jesuit, 6 p.m.

Franklinton at Bogalusa, 7 p.m.

M.L. King Charter at Lake Area New Tech, 6 p.m.

Lusher at Fontainebleau, 7:15 p.m.

McMain at Ben Franklin, 7:15 p.m.

Phoenix at John Ehret, 3 p.m.

Riverdale at Higgins, 6 p.m.

Sci Academy at West St. John, 6 p.m.

St. Martin’s Episcopal at Ecole Classique, 5 p.m.

Teurlings Catholic at Holy Cross, 6 p.m.

Baton Rouge Area

Amite at Live Oak, 4 p.m.

The Church Academy at

Denham Springs vs. Dutchtown, noon at Walker Tournament

Glen Oaks at Broadmoor, 5:30 p.m.

St. Helena at Kentwood, 7 p.m.

St. John at Episcopal of Acadiana, 7 p.m.

Bayou Area

Central Catholic vs. Chalmette, 5 p.m. at Central Tournament

Patterson vs. DeQuincy, 6 p.m. at South Beauregard Tournament


New Orleans Area

Cabrini at Warren Easton, 6:15 p.m.

De La Salle at Grace King, 5 p.m.

Fontainebleau at Ursuline, 3:30 p.m.

Franklinton at Bogalusa, 6 p.m.

Hammond at Ponchatoula, 5:30 p.m.

McMain at Ben Franklin, 3:30 p.m.

Thibodaux at East St. John, 5 p.m.

West St. John at Karr, 6 p.m.

Baton Rouge Area

The Church Academy at Livonia, 5 p.m.

Episcopal at Parkview Baptist, 6 p.m.

St. Helena at Kentwood, 6 p.m.

Wossman at Madison Prep, 6:30 p.m.

Bayou Area

Riverside at Houma Christian, 6 p.m

David Thibodaux at Berwick, 5:30 p.m.

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