Parkway gains revenge against Ponchatoula in girls basketball title game

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HAMMOND – A year was a long time to wait.

The memory lingered.

Favored Parkway lost a heartbreaking 80-79 double overtime decision to Ponchatoula at University Center to cap last season.

While it was a thrilling game and euphoric night for the Green Wave, it was a devastating loss for the Panthers.

On a mission to erase the result and memory, Parkway was not going to be denied Saturday night.

The Panthers controlled play from start to finish in an 80-57 victory over Ponchatoula to win the Non-Select Division I state championship in the finale of the 2023 LHSAA Girls Prep Basketball State championships at Southeastern Louisiana.

LSU signee Mikaylah Williams was tremendous, scoring 34 points in a dominant performance. Williams added 11 rebounds and three steals.

Ponchatoula (25-9) kept it close early, trailing just 23-19 after one quarter but from that point forward, it was all Panthers. Parkway outscored the Green Wave 18-8 in the second quarter to take a 41-27 halftime lead.

The lead grew to 59-37 after three quarters.

Junior Chloe Larry added 17 points for Parkway (26-1) while Tylissa Henderson and Makenna Miles each scored nine points. Parkway shot 50 percent from the field, 79 percent from the free throw line and made seven 3-pointers. The Panthers controlled the boards by a 38-27 margin.

Taylor Jackson scored 20 points for Ponchatoula while Libby Thompson contributed 17 points and six rebounds.

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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, CCSE CEO Ken Trahan has been a sports media fixture in the community for nearly four decades. Ken started with Bill Hammack and Don Jones in 2008. In 2011, the site became On August 1, 2017, Ken helped launch Having accumulated national awards/recognition (National Sports Media Association, National Football…

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