HAMMOND — Relying on a fourth-quarter comeback, Jewel Sumner captured the school’s first state championship in girls basketball with a 60-50 win over Parkview Baptist in the Class 3A final at the Girls Top 28 tournament Saturday night at the University Center.
Diamond Brooks led Jewel Sumner (36-0) with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Bre’Ashlee Jones had 12 points and 13 rebounds, Kiara Williams had 11 and Amy Brumfield added 10 points.
In other title games at the Girls Top 28 tournament Saturday, North Caddo downed Madison Prep 56-48 in Class 2A and Arcadia edged Merryville 66-62 in Class 1A.
Down 34-24 with 3:16 to go in the third quarter, Jewel Sumner went on a 15-4 run that extended into the fourth quarter to take a 39-38 advantage.
Trailing the entire first half, Parkview Baptist opened the second half on a 14-0 run to take a 34-22 lead with 3:49 to go in the third quarter.
Having never made it past the second round of the playoffs until this season, Parkview Baptist finishes 25-11.
The Eagles were led by Skyler Goodwin’s 17 points. Leah Collins had 14 points and 16 rebounds.
NORTH CADDO 56, MADISON PREP 48: Madison Prep converted plenty of skeptics with an eye-popping playoff run that included multiple double-digit wins.
This time, the sixth-seeded Chargers just couldn’t convert enough fourth-quarter shots.
Top-seeded North Caddo seized the opportunity and a state title by scoring 13 of the final 16 points to claim a victory over Madison Prep in the Class 2A title game.
“We had a chance to win the ballgame,” Madison Prep coach Dwayne Hayes said. “We didn’t score as well as we usually do. It was a very physical ballgame. I think we played hard. I thought North Caddo played hard. Their experience made a difference.”
Title-game MVP Jasmine Thomas scored a game-high 17 points and made several key shots down the stretch to help the Rebels (35-1) win their third straight Class 2A state title.
Kennedi Green and Alexis Augustus each had 10 points for Madison Prep (31-5), which was making its first tourney appearance in only its third varsity season for girls basketball.
“We played with intensity, and they attacked,” North Caddo coach Sandra Dennis said. “We were a little sluggish in the beginning, but they came out on top.
Thomas scored on a jumper off a Charger turnover to make it 47-45 with 3:06 remaining. That play ignited the decisive final run.
ARCADIA 66, MERRYVILLE 62: Arcadia (32-1), the top seed, handed No. 6 Merryville (32-1) its first loss. to open Saturday’s action.
Title-game MVP Letricia Baker led Arcadia with 27 points, Khelsea Foster had 23 and DeAndre’a Alexander finished with 10. The Hornets (32-1) won their first 1A state title since 2010.
Sophomore Andrea Cournoyer finished with 35 points for Merryville. Her 69 combined points in the semifinals and championship game broke a 1A record set in 1967.
In a back-and-forth first half, Arcadia held a 16-12 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Down 20-18 with 4:59 to go in the first half, a 7-0 run for Merryville gave the Panthers a 25-20 lead with 3:38 to go in the second quarter.
Arcadia outscored Merryville 20-16 in the quarter to take a 44-43 lead.
The Hornets opened the final period scoring the first four points of the quarter, extending their lead to 48-43 with 6:05 to go in the game.
Merryville cut the Arcadia lead to 48-45 with 5:36 to go in the game, but Foster scored the next six points of the game to put the Hornets back in front 53-45, all but putting the game out of reach.