TALLULAH — Top-seeded Iota jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in advancing to next week’s Girls Top 28 Tournament with a convincing 70-47 Class 3A quarterfinal victory over No. 24 Madison on Thursday.
The Lady Bulldogs (27-5) will face Parkview Baptist, an 80-71 winner over South Beauregard in double overtime, next Wednesday at Southeastern Louisiana’s University Center.
“I think we played well, but I think we’re going to have to dig a little deeper to get past Parkview,” Iota coach Meghann LeJeune said. “My girls are hungry and determined. They’re very excited.”
Iota jumped out to a 21-10 first quarter lead and built a 36-20 halftime advantage.
Madeline Gatte was one of five players in double figures with 17 points followed by Cambri St. Andre with 14.
Whitney Landry added 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Becca Fantroy had 12 and Avery Wriborg 10 on the strength of three 3-pointers.
“That’s what makes us so dangerous,” LeJeune said. “If you take one away, someone else steps up.
“We always have that advantage. We can put five people on the floor that can score at any time.”
Za Terrica Williams’ 16 points topped Madison (13-10).
Rayne 57, Fair Park 50: In Shreveport, a year after falling in the quarterfinals, the sixth-seeded Wolves pushed through to the Top 28 tournament.
Guard Charlesha Dugas had a game-high 24 points to lead Rayne (29-2), which extended its win streak to 25 games. The Wolves will play No. 2 St. Michael the Archangel in next Thursday’s state semifinal.
Rayne extended its lead to 27-20 at halftime and held a 37-31 margin heading into the fourth quarter.
Whitley Larry and Tajana Butler each added nine points for the Lady Wolves.
Mandeville 48, New Iberia 42 (2 OT): In New Iberia, a magical ride for the No. 24 Yellow Jackets ended in a double-overtime quarterfinal loss to the top-seeded Lady Skippers.
“Just too many turnovers in too many bad spots,” New Iberia coach Jeremy Bonin said. “We stayed focused and fought until the very end. It just took two more periods to do it.”
Guard Morgan Carrier sent the game into a second overtime for New Iberia (17-15) with a 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining that tied it at 41.
Leading scorer Elisa Reilly scored six of her game-high 22 points in the second overtime to lead Mandeville (30-1).
Bailey Antoine led the Yellow Jackets with 14 points.