Wintry weather Friday forced a juggling of the schedule at the annual Livingston Parish basketball tournament, wiping out Day 4 of the five-day affair at Denham Springs High and pushing the tournament's semifinal action into Saturday afternoon.
That meant two games in one day for the teams that reached Saturday night's championship games.
But when the smoke — and the snow — cleared, the results were familiar.
Just like last year, the Walker boys stormed past Live Oak to win the boys championship. Just like last year, Holden controlled Denham Springs to bring home the girls hardware.
Walker's 85-61 win over Live Oak wasn't quite as lopsided as its 77-35 victory in the 2016 final, but the Wildcats once again made it look easy as they won their third straight Livingston Parish tournament. Holden overcame an early deficit, then took command in a 51-39 triumph to claim its second straight tournament title and third overall.
Walker defeated Doyle earlier Saturday in a semifinal while Holden knocked off Walker in the girls bracket.
The third-place games were canceled.
"Playing two games in one day is really hard," Holden coach Pam Forbes said. "I know they do that in baseball and softball, but we don't traditionally play twice in one day."
Holden nonetheless remained perfect on the season by beating Denham on its home floor and improving to 12-0. Walker also stayed unbeaten, moving to 8-0 and adding to the great expectations that will await coach Anthony Schiro's veteran squad when district play arrives.
Both teams were the top seed in their respective bracket.
WALKER BOYS 85, LIVE OAK 61: Two years ago, Walker capped a wild rally in the final minute against Denham Springs to win a one-point nail-biter and celebrate the school's third parish tournament championship.
The same nucleus of players from that team two years ago were back at it again Saturday as the Wildcats showed why they are expected to continue building on back-to-back 20-win seasons.
Le Davis got Walker off to a 6-0 lead by draining a 3-pointer from the wing and then scoring three more points on a layup and a free throw. Live Oak battled to tie the game at 8-8 before the Wildcats went on a 14-2 run to finish the first quarter.
"Basically, this one group of guys has won it three years in a row," Schiro said. "It's a big deal in the parish. Our whole community comes out to support it. It means a lot. It's just a testament to my guys and how much they've worked over the past three or four years."
Davis led the Wildcats with 20 points, followed by sophomore Jalen Cook with 17 and seniors Dalton Moore and Jalen Perkins with 13 apiece.
Walker knocked down five 3-pointers in the second quarter.
Darian Ricard led three Live Oak players in double figures with a game-high 24 points. Lawrence Pierre added 14 for the Eagles and Dada Capling had 12.
HOLDEN GIRLS 51, DENHAM SPRINGS 39: Holden's guards were able to force the action with a pressure defense that caused 23 turnovers and an up-tempo offensive attack that neutralized Denham's sizable advantage on the interior.
After trailing throughout the first quarter, Holden took its first lead on an Amanda Fekete putback with 6:34 left in the first half and never looked back.
Finishing the second quarter on a 10-0 run, the Rockets led 27-16 at intermission.
The lead grew to as much as 34-19 in the third.
"We wanted to get the game as close to 60 (points for the winning team) as possible," Forbes said. "We knew we couldn't win if the game was in the 40s because that would mean the (Denham) post players were in charge."
Denham's trio of imposing post players produced for the Yellow Jackets as Kate Thompson (15 points), Desiree Jones (11) and Maia Robinson (nine) combined for 35 of the team's 39 points. But Holden kept the game on its terms by forcing turnovers that led to instant offense.
K.K. Kropog had 17 points for the Rockets, followed by Jaycee Hughes with 12.
Kaylee Hughes scored four of her six points during the pivotal 10-0 run late in the second quarter.
"The parish tournament is about pride," Forbes said. "We know this game is great for pride, and for Livingston Parish basketball."