Lee Magnet pressure proves decisive in Sugar Bowl Tourney win over LCA
WESTWEGO – Pressure is always important to impose on an opponent. Extreme pressure causes huge problems.
Lee Magnet pressured Lafayette Christian from start to finish and eventually, the pressure proved fatal for the Knights as the Patriots captured the Allstate Sugar Bowl Gold Bracket championship with a 45-38 victory over Lafayette Christian at the Alario Center.
The Patriots forced 21 turnovers which were the difference in the game while Lee Magnet won the battle of the boards 36-31.
Both teams struggled with turnovers in the quarter as Lee Magnet had six while Lafayette Christian had five. The Lady Knights had an 11-0 run to take a 13-4 lead by the end of the quarter.
The Patriots opened the second quarter on a 10-1 run to tie the game 14-14. Four lead changes followed before Lee Magnet took a 21-20 lead at halftime as the Patriots forced 12 turnovers by Lafayette Christian in the half.
The third quarter saw a pair of lead changes with Lafayette Christian opening up a 29-25 lead before Lee Magnet closed the frame on a 6-0 run to take a 31-29 going to the final quarter. Diamond Hunter scored seven points in the quarter for the Patriots. Lafayette Christian committed seven turnovers in the quarter.
The Patriots opened the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run to take a 38-29 lead and Lafayette Christian was never able to get closer than six points the rest of the way.
“I believe that our defensive pressure picked up in the latter part of the third quarter and that’s what helped us win,” Lee Magnet coach Valencia Wilson said. “We changed out press to a full-court press and that was very successful for us. This is a great, prestigious tournament. That’s just another step for us and hopefully we can go on to win a state championship.”
Diamond Hunter was the Most Valuable Player, scoring 19 points, pulling down nine rebounds and dishing out three assists. Bre’ Porter topped Lafayette Christian with 12 points, 13 rebounds and two assists.
“We just had to pull through because we saw that they wanted it,” Hunter said. “Coach (Wilson) called timeout and basically told us to get our heads in the game, to wake up so we can pull through and get the win. We like to get out and run. That is our personality. We just had to start doing it. Winning the MVP is great. Now, we want to win a state championship.”
Lafayette Christian 13 7 9 9 38
Lee Magnet 4 17 10 17 48
Bre’ Porter 12, Kam Borel 9, Janae Duffy 6, Zoe Wiltz 3, Tamera Johnson 2
Diamond Hunter 19, A’niya Lagarde 7, Raegan Williams 6, Makya Spears 5, Iviona Hatch 5, Paige Webb 2
Lafayette Christian 31, Lee Magnet 36
Lafayette Christian 21, Lee Magnet 14
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