Basketball: Thanksgiving Hoopfest today at Xavier; Curtis girls win showdown with Ursuline
Perhaps it will be a turkey day tradition.
The Thanksgiving Hoopfest is underway this morning at the Xavier Convocation Center.
The event features 18 top boys teams from the area, all of whom play one game.
Top teams in the event include defending Class 1A state champion Crescent City Christian, Bonnabel, McDonogh 35, St. Augustine, Helen Cox and Warren Easton.
In girls action, it was the first big showdown of elite teams in the area. For one champion, it was a huge statement.
Sophomore Jerkaila Jordan pumped in 29 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to pace defending Division I state champion John Curtis Christian to a convincing 67-49 win over 2015 Class 4A state champion Ursuline at the Ursuline Tournament Wednesday night.
The first half was closely contested with the Patriots taking a 14-13 lead after one quarter and Curtis led 27-23 at halftime.
The Lady Patriots broke it open in the third quarter, dominating the Lions 25-13 and never looked back. Florida State signee Kourtney Weber kept Ursuline (4-1) in the game, netting 28 points. Tulane signee Dynah Jones added 12 points for John Curtis while Giordin Johnson chipped in with nine points for Ursuline.
The two teams will meet again on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at River Ridge. Curtis will next host St. Thomas Aquinas next Tuesday at 5 p.m. while Ursuline will host John Ehret next Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Area Prep Basketball Results from Wednesday, Nov. 22
New Orleans Area
Chalmette 64, Bogalusa 46
Cohen 53, Ben Franklin 45
Episcopal 48, Holy Cross 47
Fontainebleau 76, Tara 37
Jesuit 67, St. Charles Catholic 50
Lusher 62, Warren Easton 55
Newman 42, East Jefferson 38
Ocean Springs, MS 58, Lakeshore 47
Salmen 78, Hancock (MS) 40
Slidell 70, East St. John 44
St. Martin’s Episcopal 48, Pope John Paul II 38
Sophie B. Wright 75, Northshore 57
Baton Rouge Area
Baker 67, Assumption 60
Comeaux 68, Broadmoor 48
Livonia 82, Catholic (NI) 35
McKinley 60, Carencro 52
Robertsdale (AL) 46, Parkview Baptist 44
University 47, Port Allen 44
White Castle 49, Plaquemine 48
Berwick 87, Erath 31
Centerville 74, Westminster Christian 49
Central Lafourche 75, Ellender 72
South Lafourche 61, St. James 36
Peabody 102, H.L. Bourgeois 65
Thibodaux 75, Terrebonne 60
New Orleans Area
Amite 71, Donaldsonville 48
Caldwell Parish 59, Covington 57
Helen Cox 49, St. Louis Catholic 44
John Curtis Christian 67, Ursuline 49
De La Salle 43, Grace King 37
East St. John 67, Washington (TN) 48
Fontainebleau 52, Chalmette 21
Ben Franklin 43, McGehee 40
Grace King 52, Academy of Sacred Heart (NO) 41
Mandeville 60, Pearl River 12
Mount Carmel 38, Landry-Walker 36
Salmen 63, Cabrini 59
Baton Rouge Area
H.L. Bourgeois 54, White Castle 28
East Ascension 63, Southern Lab 36
French Settlement 37, North Central 31
Lake Charles College Prep 41, Brusly 18
South Beauregard 66, University 50
Houma Christian 55, Loreauville 4
Mansfield 43, Assumption 25
South Lafourche 67, Southwood 40
Area Prep Basketball Schedule for Thursday, Nov. 23
Thanksgiving Hoopfest Tournament at Xavier
8:45 a.m.: Sci Academy vs. KIPP-Booker T. Washington
10:15 a.m.: Cohen vs. Carver
11:45 a.m.: Hahnville vs. Lake Area New Tech
1:15 p.m.: McMain vs. KIPP Renaissance
2:45 p.m.: Ben Franklin vs. Hammond
4:15 p.m.: Helen Cox vs. East St. John
5:45 p.m.: McDonogh 35 vs. West Jefferson
7:15 p.m.: Crescent City Christian vs. Bonnabel
8:45 p.m.: St. Augustine vs. Warren Easton
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