Girls Basketball: St. Thomas Aquinas, Northlake Christian, Loranger reach finals; John Curtis, Dominican, Mt. Carmel look to do same Thursday

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Three north shore schools have advanced to state championship games at the LHSAA Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament at Rapides Coliseum in Alexandria.

It will be top seed St. Thomas Aquinas taking on second seed Northlake Christian for the title at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

The Falcons advanced with an easy 70-39 victory over Country Day.

St. Thomas Aquinas took control from the start, taking a 24-5 lead after one quarter and led 38-14 by halftime. It was 60-28 after three quarters.

Jaylyn James led St. Thomas Aquinas (19-10) with 26 points, Jade Brumfield scored 15 and Lily Maggio added 12 points. Kaci Chairs carried the Cajuns (17-9), scoring 31 of the team’s 39 points in a brilliant effort.

Northlake Christian used a huge fourth quarter to defeat defending state champion and third seed St. Katharine Drexel 59-49.

The Yellow Jackets (21-8) started fast, taking a 14-11 lead after one quarter and led 25-21 at the half. St. Katharine Drexel still led 38-35 going to the decisive fourth quarter when the Wolverines outscored the Yellow Jackets 24-11.

Kyren Whittington was terrific with 27 points for the Wolverines (24-4) while Natalie Newberry chipped in with 18 points. Emmia Johnson led St. Katharine Drexel with 16 points while Taylor Vaughn had nine points.

St. Thomas Aquinas beat Northlake Christian 56-40 in Hammond on Dec. 4.

In a thriller, defending Class 3A state champion Loranger edged Northwest 43-42.

Northwest took an 8-7 lead after one quarter but the Wolves led 19-17 at the half. Northwest led 35-31 after three quarters.

J. Mingo-Young led Loranger (23-2) with 23 points while I. Karr had 14 points. M. Leday had 14 points and J. Thierry scored 12 for Northwest (23-9).

Loranger advances to the final to take on No. 2 Madison Prep Saturday at 6 p.m. for the title. Madison Prep downed No. 3 Albany 59-46.

The Chargers led 16-7 after one quarter and expanded the lead to 35-17 by halftime. The Hornets cut the deficit to 47-38 after quarters but could not close the gap.

Tarneisha Young led Madison Prep (18-13) with 18 points, Destiny Ellis had 17 and Braci Johnson finished with 14 points. Camryn Woods topped Albany (22-12) with 20 points while Maddy Oubre had eight points.

Today, it is the Division I semifinals with District 9-5A rivals squaring off again as No. 2 Dominican battles No. 3 Mount Carmel Academy at 11:30 a.m. before two-time defending state champion and top seed John Curtis Christian taking on St. Joseph’s Academy at 1:15 p.m.

Dominican and Mount Carmel split a pair of regular season meetings with Dominican winning 38-30 at home and Mount Carmel winning 32-31 at home.

Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament

All games at Rapides Parish Coliseum, Alexandria

Monday, February 25
Division V Semifinals
(1) Claiborne Christian 36, (5) Grace Christian 26
(2) Family Community 52, (3) Family Christian 37

Division IV Semifinals
(1) Lafayette Christian 69, (5) Ouachita Christian 33
(3) Vermilion Catholic 49, (2) Houma Christian 44

Class C Semifinals
(1) Plainview 68, (4) Ebarb 46
(6) Reeves 45, (2) Atlanta 31

Tuesday, February 26
Division II Semifinals
(1) Lee Magnet 79, (4) Ursuline Academy 61
(2) St. Louis Catholic 87, (3) University High 86 (OT)

Class 1A Semifinals
(4) Delhi 59, (1) East Iberville 37
(3) Elton 38, (2) KIPP Booker T. Washington 34

Class 4A Semifinals
(1) Benton 47, (5) Ellender 46
(2) Warren Easton 53, (3) Minden 39

Wednesday, February 27
Division III Semifinals
(2) Northlake Christian 59, (3) St. Katharine Drexel 49
(1) St. Thomas Aquinas 70, (5) Country Day 39

Class B Semifinals
(5) Hicks 58, (9) Zwolle 49
(2) Anacoco 59, (3) Fairview 46

Class 3A Semifinals
(1) Loranger 43, (4) Northwest 42
(2) Madison Prep 59, (3) Albany 46

Thursday, February 28
Division I Semifinals
(3) Mount Carmel vs. (2) Dominican, 11:30 a.m.
(5) St. Joseph’s Academy vs. (1) John Curtis Christian, 1:15 p.m.

Class 2A Semifinals
(8) Rayville vs. (4) Mansfield, 3 p.m.
(6) Red River vs. (2) North Caddo, 4:45 p.m.

Class 5A Semifinals
(9) Captain Shreve vs. (5) East Ascension, 6:15 p.m.
(6) Denham Springs vs. (2) Walker, 8 p.m.

Friday, March 1
Division V championship, (1) Claiborne Christian vs. (2) Family Community, 10 a.m.
Division IV championship, (1) Lafayette Christian vs. (3) Vermilion Catholic, noon
Division II championship, (1) Lee Magnet vs. (2) St. Louis Catholic, 2 p.m.
Class C championship, (1) Plainview vs. (6) Reeves, 4 p.m.
Class 1A championship, (3) Elton vs. (4) Delhi, 6 p.m.
Class 4A championship, (1) Benton vs. (3) Minden, 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 2
Division III championship, (1) St. Thomas Aquinas vs. (2) Northlake Christian, 10 a.m.
Division I championship, noon
Class B championship, (2) Anacoco vs. (5) Hicks, 2 p.m.
Class 2A championship, 4 p.m.
Class 3A championship, (1) Loranger vs. (2) Madison Prep, 6 p.m.
Class 5A championship, 8 p.m.

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