REPLAY: Amite uses bit second half to down OCS for Sugar Bowl Gold Bracket title

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Replay of both girls bracket finals in the 2020 Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic

WESTWEGO – It was a battle of top-ranked teams.

Amite is No. 1 in the most recent LHSAA Class 2A power rankings while Ouachita Christian tops the Division IV power rankings.

The Warriors turned it on in second half to down Ouachita Christian 66-54 to win the 11th Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic Gold Bracket at the Alario Center in a game aired live Saturday afternoon at Crescent City Sports.

Diminutive senior point guard Jalencia “Jen” Pierre came up huge, as she frequently does.

The Southeastern Louisiana signee exploded for 31 points, seven steals, six rebounds and five assists to earn Most Outstanding Player honors in the bracket. Sophomore Hai’ley Brumfield was outstanding as well with 18 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Madison Jennings chipped in with nine points, five rebounds and three assists.

The first half was a see-saw affair, with 12 lead changes.

After Amite jumped out to a 4-0 lead, the Eagles got hot, and outscored the Lady Warriors 18-8 the rest of the period to take an 18-12 lead.

The second quarter saw Amite score the final four points to take a 33-31 lead at halftime.

The Lady Warriors (16-2) basically won the game in the third quarter, opening the frame on an 11-0 run to take a 44-31 lead and maintained a solid edge the rest of the way. Amite led 53-38 going to the final quarter.

The Eagles got within 10 points on a couple of occasions in the final quarter but would get no closer.

Amite girls basketball

Seniors led the way for OCS (19-2). Avery Hopkins paced her squad with 17 points and six rebounds. Mackenzie Lips finished with 13 points and three rebounds and Jayden Ellerman had 11 points, nine rebounds, six assists, three blocks and two steals.

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