Girls Basketball Playoff: Ponchatoula, Karr, Loranger, Albany, Amite, Curtis, Ursuline advance Thursday
Girls Prep Basketball Playoff Report for Friday, Feb. 19
Overall, area teams in the opening round of the LHSAA girls prep basketball playoffs fared well Thursday.
In Class 5A, top-seeded Ponchatoula remained unbeaten with a convincing 66-34 home win over No. 32 seed and 6-5A rival Fontainebleau.
Ponchatoula led 21-7 after one quarter and 37-14 by halftime. It was 50-20 going to the final quarter.
LSU signee Amoura Graves led the Green Wave with 20 points while Jaylee Womack added 15 points. Abby Faust added eight points. Laticia Silvan led the Lady Bulldogs with 14 points.
The Green Wave (29-0) advances to face the winner of No. 16 Pineville and No. 17 Ouachita Parish in the regional round. Fontainebleau concluded its season 8-16.
No. 3 Walker easily eliminated No. 30 Higgins 80-24 at home behind 27 points from superb freshman Jamiya Vann, including a trio of 3-pointers. Junior Lanie Miller scored 13 points with four rebounds and three steals while sophomore Keaira Gross finished with 10 points, seven steals and six assists for the Wildcats.
Walker (28-4) advances to the regional round to take on the winner of tonight’s matchup pitting No. 19 West Jefferson at No. 14 St. Amant, set for 7 p.m. The Hurricanes finished their season 11-7.
In Class 4A, No. 5 Karr advanced easily to the regional round with a convincing 60-28 win at home over No. 28 Pearl River 60-18. Yanila Morales led the Lady Cougars with 13 points.
Karr (18-6) advances to take on the winner of this evening’s meeting of No. 21 Assumption at No. 12 John F. Kennedy, set for 5 p.m.
In a rematch of the 2017 Class 4A title game, No. 6 Ellender eliminated No. 27 Salmen 74-34. Toni Robinson led the Patriots with 18 points.
Ellender (16-6) advances to the regional round to face the winner of defending state champion and No. 22 Booker T. Washington, who plays at No. 11 Northwood. The Spartans finished their season 6-11.
In 3A action, No. 9 Loranger handled District 9-3A foe and No. 24 Bogalusa 92-53 while No. 2 Albany drilled No. 31 Berwick 80-39. It was the third win for the Wolves over the Lumberjacks this season.
Loranger (10-6) will face the winner of No. 8 and No. 25 Church Point in the regional round while the Hornets (20-5) will take on the winner of No. 15 Pine Prairie and No. 18 Crowley in the regional round.
In 2A, No. 2 Amite blitzed No. 31 West St. Mary 98-11.
The Warriors (23-2) advance to the regional round to face the winner of No. 15 Kinder and No. 18 Welsh in the regional round.
In Division I, 4-time defending state champion and second seed John Curtis Christian whipped District 9-5A rival and No. 7 Archbishop Chapelle 67-27 in River Ridge in the quarterfinals. It was the third win for Curtis over Chapelle this season.
The Lady Patriots had great balance as five players scored in double figures.
Senior Alexis Lavarine paced the Lady Patriots with 21 points, Jordan Barfield and Heaven Jordan each scored 12 points and Terren Cofil and Jania Holmes both scored 10 points.
John Curtis (10-4) will meet the winner of No. 3 Dominican and No. 6 McKinley in the semifinals. The Chipmunks finish their season 9-16.
In Division II, No. 2 Ursuline Academy handled District 11-3A rival and No. 15 Haynes Academy 65-24.
Tyrielle Williams led the Lions with 19 points, Catherine Legendre had 17 points, Nicole Young finished with 12 points and Leah Hines had nine points.
Ursuline (19-6) advances to the quarterfinals to take on the winner of No. 7 De La Salle and No. 10 Loyola Prep in the quarterfinals. The Yellow Jackets end their season 5-11.
Girls Prep Basketball Playoff Results from Thursday, Feb. 18
#1 Ponchatoula 66, #32 Fontainebleau 34
#3 Walker 80, #30 Higgins 24
#15 Northshore 71, #18 Slidell 51
#1 LaGrange by forfeit over #32 Beau Chene
#5 Karr 60, #28 Pearl River 18
#13 South Lafourche 52, #20 Washington-Marion 35
#3 Neville by forfeit over #30 Rayne
#6 Ellender 74, #27 Salmen 34
#1 Madison Prep 53, #32 McDonogh 35 9
#9 Loranger 92, #24 Bogalusa 53
#4 Brusly 56, #29 Kenner Discovery 27
#6 Jennings 62, #27 Iowa 41
#2 Albany 80, #31 Berwick 39
#2 Amite 98, #31 West St. Mary 11
#2 John Curtis Christian 67, #7 Archbishop Chapelle 27
#2 Ursuline Academy 65, #15 Haynes Academy 24
Girls Prep Basketball Playoff Schedule for Friday, Feb. 20
#19 West Jefferson at #14 St. Amant, 7 p.m.
#26 Terrebonne at #7 Zachary, 6 p.m.
#21 Assumption at #12 J.F. Kennedy, 5 p.m.
#23 Westgate at #10 Belle Chasse, 6 p.m.
#25 Iota at #8 Church Point, 5 p.m.
#21 Booker T. Washington at #12 Donaldsonville, 6 p.m.
#19 Ville Platte at #14 St. James, 6 p.m.
#26 Baker at #7 Northwest, 6:30 p.m.
#27 Vinton at #6 Franklin, 6 p.m.
#18 Welsh at #15 Kinder, 6:30 p.m.
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