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Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Girls Marsh Madness Finals Set for March 1-2 on CST

Twelve champions will be crowned in Louisiana high school girls basketball during the state finals on March 1-2 and all the exciting action can be found on CST.

For the best of the best in Louisiana, it all comes down to this. Teams have been vying for championships in their respective classes and divisions this week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Girls’ Marsh Madness at Rapides Coliseum in Alexandria.

Ten defending champions were in the 48-team field: No. 5 East Ascension (5A), No. 2 Warren Easton (4A), top-seeded Loranger (3A), No. 2 North Caddo (2A), No. 4 Delhi (1A), No. 1 John Curtis (Division I), No. 1 Plainview (Class C), No. 4 Ursuline Academy (Division II), St. Katharine Drexel (Division III) and Lafayette Christian (Division IV).

As of Feb. 28 at 3 p.m., eight defending champions remain standing. By Friday, the number of total teams will be narrowed down to 24 that will have their title aspirations intact.

Defending Class 3A champion Loranger edged Northwest 43-42 in the semifinals to reach the championship game against No. 2 Madison Prep.

“We knew it was going to be a dogfight,” Loranger coach Sean Shields said to The Advocate. “They had a great game plan in slowing us down. They looked like the veteran team on the floor and we didn’t.”

In Division I, two-time defending champion John Curtis defeated St. Joseph’s 61-45 in the semifinals as they strive for their spot in history with a three-peat. John Curtis will face Mt. Carmel in the championship game, who handed them a 45-44 loss earlier in the season.

“The loss to Mount Carmel I would hope humbled them to the point to know that if you don’t show up and you don’t execute (that) you give anyone a chance to beat you,” John Curtis coach Barbara Farris said to The Advocate. “That is something we’ve been drilling home over the years even though we’ve been very successful.”

Defending 4A champion Warren Easton beat Minden 53-39 and are confident they have what it takes to knock off No. 1 Benton in the title game.

“We’re going to get the job done. He believed we could do it, so we’re going to do it,” Warren Easton senior Kiana Anderson said to The Advocate. “We’ll bring it home, hold up No. 2. We’re greedy. We want it all, and we’re going to take what’s ours.”

 

Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Girls’ Marsh Madness Finals

March 1:

Division V (10 a.m.): No. 1 Claiborne Christian (18-16) vs. No. 2 Family Community (15-10)

Division IV (noon): No. 1 Lafayette Christian (32-5) vs. No. 3 Vermilion Catholic

Division II (2 p.m.): No. 1 Lee (32-2) vs. No. 2 St. Louis Catholic (30-6)

Class C (4 p.m.): No. 1 Plainview (37-7) vs. No. 6 Reeves (21-14)

Class 1A (6 p.m.): No. 3 Elton (29-3) vs. No. 4 Delhi (22-13)

Class 4A (8 p.m.): No. 1 Benton vs. No. 2 Warren Easton

 

March 2:

Division III (10 a.m.): No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas (19-10) vs. No. 2 Northlake Christian (24-4)

Division I (noon): No. 1 John Curtis (28-4) vs. No. 3 Mt. Carmel (22-9)

Class B (2 p.m.): No. 2 Anacoco (39-2) vs. No. 5 Hicks (34-8)

Class 2A (4 p.m.): Winner of No. 2 North Caddo/No. 6 Red River vs. winner of No. 4 Mansfield/No. 8 Rayville

Class 3A (6 p.m.): No. 1 Loranger vs. No. 2 Madison Prep

Class 5A (8 p.m.): Winner of No. 2 Walker/No. 6 Denham Springs vs. winner of No. 5 East Ascension vs. No. 9 Captain Shreve

 

Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Girls’ Marsh Madness Semifinals Results (per The Advocate and LHSAA)

Monday

Division V: (2) Family Community 52, (3) Family Christian 37

 

Division V: (1) Claiborne Christian 36, Grace Christian 25

 

Division IV: (1) Lafayette Christian 69, (5) Ouachita Christian 33

 

Division IV: (3) Vermilion Catholic 49, (2) Houma Christian 44

 

Class C: (6) Reeves 45, (2) Atlanta 31

Class C: (1) Plainview 68, (4) Ebarb 46

 

Tuesday

Division II: No. 2 St. Louis Catholic (29-6) 87, (3) University 86, OT

 

Division II: (1) Lee (31-2) 79, (4) Ursuline Academy 61

 

Class 1A: (4) Delhi 59, (1) East Iberville 57

 

Class 1A: (3) Elton 38, (2) KIPP B.T. Washington 34

 

Class 4A: Benton 47, (5) Ellender 46

Class 4A: (2) Warren Easton 53, (3) Minden 39

 

Wednesday

Division III: (2) Northlake Christian 59 (3) St. Katharine Drexel 49

 

Division III: (1) St. Thomas Aquinas 70 (5) Country Day 39

 

Class B: (5) Hicks 58 (9) Zwolle 49

 

Class B: (2) Anacoco 59 (3) Fairview 46

Class 3A: (1) Loranger 43, (4) Northwest 42

Class 3A: Madison Prep 59, Albany 46

 

Thursday

Division I: (2) Mt. Carmel 32 (3) Dominican 22

Division I: (1) John Curtis 61, (5) St. Joseph’s Academy 45