LAKE CHARLES — Top-seeded Madison Prep has a reputation for scoring plenty points. The Chargers have scored 90 or more points 14 times this season.
But it was suffocating defense that set the tone for Madison Prep’s 47-32 victory over Metairie Park Country Day in the Class 1A semifinal that opened Wednesday’s action at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Boys Top 28 tourney.
“They couldn’t get in a rip and run thing with us, so using their offense as a stall was smart,” Madison Prep coach Jeff Jones said. “When you hold a team to 27.9 percent shooting and then make 69 percent yourself that’s a strong statement.”
With the victory, Madison Prep (34-1) advances to play the Lafayette Christian-Arcadia winner in Saturday’s Class 1A title game set for 2 p.m. at Burton Coliseum.
Seniors Brandon Sampson and Christion Thompson teamed with freshman Joshua LeBlanc to lead the Chargers, who have not lost to a Louisiana opponent in 2014-15.
Sampson finished with 13 points, making 6 of 9 shots. Instead of settling for pull-up jumpers, the St. John’s signee was aggressive in transition and in cutting through the lane for easy shots.
The 6-foot-6 LeBlanc also had 13 points and four blocked shots. Michael Corchiani led Country Day (22-8) with 13 points. J.C. Young had 11 for the Cajuns.
ANACOCO 65, FAIRVIEW 55: Third-seeded Anacoco made its move in the fourth quarter.
The Indians trailed by nine points going into the fourth quarter, but they used a 14-4 run to take a 55-54 lead with 2:48 remaining.
Will Reese provided the spark the Indians the Indians needed with 13 points in the fourth quarter to finish with 26 points. Fairview junior Brennan led the Panthers with 25 points.
AHS returns to the Burton Coliseum to take on No. 4 Midland in the Class B state championship game 6