ABBEVILLE — The No. 31-seeded Logansport Lady Tigers seemed poised to pull off an upset early, but No. 2 Vermilion Catholic showed why four quarters are played with a 53-36 win Thursday night in a Class 1A bidistrict playoff game.
Vermilion Catholic (22-4) struggled with persistent Logansport (11-12) in the first half, but a 21-point third quarter broke the game open and sent the Eagles to the regional round.
“I thought we had the jitters in the first half, and we couldn’t possibly shoot any worse,” Vermilion Catholic coach Kim Guidry said. “I told them that the most important stretch was the first three minutes of the third quarter. That would dictate how the rest of the game went. We had to have a great third quarter and we went out and scored 21 points.”
Both teams opened the game ice cold, with the first basket coming two minutes into the game by Logansport’s Elizabeth Griffin.
The Eagles responded with an 8-0 run to take the lead and never relinquish it.
Vermilion Catholic led 10-6 at the end of the first quarter with all of its points coming from the senior duo of Kaylen Collins and Ashailee Brailey.
The tandem combined for 19 of the team’s 21 first-half points, as the Eagles went into halftime with a 21-9 advantage.
Vermilion Catholic came out hot after halftime, opening with an 11-2 run to go up 32-11 midway through the third quarter. Vermilion Catholic’s lead as large as 25 points.
Brailey scored 23 and Collins added 19 for the Eagles.
“They came through,” Guidry said of Brailey and Collins. “Ashailee hit a few key shots, and Kaylen was a force inside with her scoring and rebounding, which limited them (Logansport) to only one shot.”
Vermilion Catholic will be at home again in the regional round when they face No. 18 Plain Dealing, which took a 52-31 win over No. 15 Ouachita Christian on Thursday.