LHSAA Girls State Championship’s

Loyola Prep’s (5) Sarah Siharath looks for a pass as Ursuline Academy’s (12) Tai Sherman gaurd’s her during the LHSAA Girls State Championship’s in Alexandria on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. —Tia Owens Powers/ The Advocate

Tia Owens Powers

ALEXANDRIA —  Simply put, Ursuline Academy was too much for Loyola Prep.

Too big.

Too strong.

Too talented.

Three players recorded double- doubles and No. 3 Ursuline had little trouble in a 57-28 victory over No. 2 Loyola Prep in the Division II semifinals of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Marsh Madness Girls State Championship Tournament at Rapides Coliseum.

Now for the second time in three years, Ursuline Academy will play for a state championship.

This time, the Lions will look to bring home a Division II trophy to place beside the Class 4A hardware it brought Uptown in 2016.

Ursuline senior Kourtney Weber, the Most Outstanding Player in the tournament two years ago, led the way.

The Florida State signee finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds in her return to the tournament after missing last season with a torn ACL.

"I'm on full throttle this year," said Weber. "I can't go out without a ring. It felt good (to be back). Last year was heart breaking sitting on the bench cheering my team on and knowing I could have made a difference."  

Ursuline advances to Friday's 4 p.m. championship game to play Lee Magnet, which beat U-High59-54 in overtime in  Tuesday's other semifinal .

Ursuline beat Lee Magnet 56-44 in the U-High Tournament in December.

"It's going to come down to who wants it the most," said Ursuline coach Andrea William.

The Lions, making their third straight trip to the State Tournament, had to get there this year without guard Brooklyn Mitchell. The Kansas signee and key part of the 2016 championship run, has been sidelined all season with a knee injury. She cheered from the bench and had plenty to cheer for in this one as her teammates racked up double doubles.

Kiersten Nelson finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Kennedi Jackson had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Loyola Prep, which finished 27-4, had to play without one of its key players as well. Reagan Washington, a 6-foot-3 junior, tore her ACL in practice last week and also had to watch from the bench.

The Flyers could have used her inside presence.

Ursuline outrebounded Loyola Prep 48-26.

"They beat us on the boards and we didn't shoot the ball well," said Flyers coach Steve McDowell. "We got beat by a good team."

The Lions outrebounded the Flyers 20-11 in the first half on their way to building a 30-21 lead. Nine of those rebounds were on the offensive end.

Ursuline extended the lead in the third when they limited the Flyers from Shreveport to just two points in the quarter. Ursuline outscored Loyola 12-2 to build a commanding 42-23 lead and put the game out of reach.

K.C. Sims scored 11 points and was the only Loyola Prep player in double figures.

Ursuline, meanwhile, had four players in double figures as senior point guard Giordin Johnson chipped in 10 points.    

But it was Weber and the inside duo of Jackson and Nelson  that did the most damage.

"That  No. 10, Kourtney Weber, she's something else," McDowell said. "And the big girls are rough and tough."

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