From a six-point loss to a five-point victory.
That’s the route St. Michael the Archangel took to claim a berth in the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Girls Top 28 tournament.
The second-seeded Warriors ousted No. 7 Warren Easton 53-48 in a Class 4A quarterfinal game played Thursday night at Mount Carmel Academy. With the win, St. Michael advances to play No. 3 Rayne (30-2) in the semifinals at SLU’s University Center.
Madison Prep in Class 2A and Holden in Class B also were among the area teams to advance with quarterfinal wins.
“We just believed,” SMHS coach Tami McClure said. “That was the key. When they beat us in the Nakia Sugar Bowl, we got into foul trouble. We stayed away from that this time. This is huge.”
Easton beat St. Michael in the Sugar Bowl tournament in January. McClure said that win provided the Warriors with confidence they needed to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2013.
Guard Tyler Morrison scored 16 points, leading three players in double figures. Guard
Essa Badon scored 11 for St. Michael, and power forward Jordan Schexnayder had 10. The win was the 13th in a row for the Warriors (29-8), who went 10-0 in District 6-4A.
Point guard Kichelle Figueroa scored 21 points to lead Easton (24-12), and center Kianna Anderson had 12.
MADISON PREP 88, JONESBORO-HODGE 52: In Jonesboro, sixth-seeded Madison Prep (30-6) put three players in double figures to advance to the LHSAA state tourney for the first time. MPA faces No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas in the Class 2A semifinals.
The Chargers got a game-high 19 points and 14 rebounds from Alexis Augustus. Desmonique Gaines added 14 points and a game-high 16 rebounds, while Sherry Porter contributed 13 points, nine assists and six steals.
“This means a lot to our school and for this program,” MPA coach Dwayne Hayes said. “This is only our third year as a team and we’ve taken some lumps along the way. But these girls have put in a lot of work and it’s really paying off.”
HOLDEN 51, MIDLAND 34: In Holden, the fourth-seeded Rockets (24-6) of Class B set the tone by limiting No. 5 Midland (23-8) to just 11 first-half points. With the victory, Holden advances to the tourney for the first time since winning the state title in 2006.
Sydney Hayden had 12 points to lead a balanced attack for HHS, which plays top-seeded Lacassine in the semifinals. Kaylee Hughes, KK Kropog, Montori Weber and Amanda Fekete each had eight.
“This means the world,” Holden coach Pam Forbes said of her team’s Top 28 berth. “I thought we played the best defense we’ve played all years. They like to shoot outside and we limited their chances to do that.”