There’s already been plenty of intrigue surrounding the District 7-3A girls race through two weeks.
Parkview Baptist wrestled first place away from previous leader Brusly with a tremendous finish for a 51-43 home victory Friday.
“My blood pressure still hasn’t gone down,” PBS coach Jessica Shelton said. “They are excited about this opportunity. They’re coming together and playing as a team. They know this is a big opportunity for them and want take full advantage of it.”
Brusly’s boys withstood a furious fourth-quarter charge and held off Parkview 59-54 in the 7-3A doubleheader.
“I think our kids played through a tough environment,” Brusly coach Harold Boudreaux said. “Parkview’s kids played hard at home, and that’s what we expected. I think my kids came in with the right mentality, knowing we had to do all of the right things to walk out of here with a victory.”
PARKVIEW (girls) 51, BRUSLY 43: Forward Leah Collins powered Parkview’s final five minutes of play, breaking a 42-all tie with a putback to give the Eagles (15-5, 3-0) the lead for good.
Collins, the younger sister of former LSU All-American offensive tackle La’el Collins, finished with a game-high 19 points and 17 rebounds.
PBS, which extended its win streak to eight, outscored Brusly 9-1 during the last 4:31 with guard Skyler Goodwin fueling that run with six of her 14 points.
Brusly scored only six points — all on free throws — in the fourth quarter and missed all 14 of its shot attempts.
Caitlyn Williams led Brusly (13-7, 3-1) with 17. Goodwin helped limit senior Madison LaPrarie, who scored 20 against U-High, to four points and no 3-pointers.
“They were ready to go and I couldn’t be more proud of the way they played,” Shelton said.
BRUSLY (boys) 59, PARKVIEW 54: Brusly (13-5, 1-1) appeared headed for a runaway victory with a 26-8 lead 10 minutes into the game. Center Darien Jones scored 10 of his 16 points in the first half, and Jasper Queen completed an 11-0 opening run in the second quarter with three straight points.
PBS (9-7, 1-1) went on a 12-2 run midway through the second quarter and later scored seven straight points early in the third to trail 37-29.
Senior Colby Harrison helped PBS nearly erase a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit, scoring 14 of his team’s 16 points in a 16-4 blitz that included four 3-pointers, drawing the Eagles to within 53-52 with 25 seconds left.
Harrison led all scorers with 24 points.
Brusly, which made 21 of 36 free throws in the game, overcame four straight misses during PBS’ run to make 9 of 20 in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Jason Holiday was 5 of 6 on free throws in the final 21 seconds and wound up with 14 points while Michael Bryant had 12.
“We stress the importance of free throws and how they can win or lose a game for you,” Boudreaux said. “We missed some big ones, but we made some big ones also and I credit my kids for that.”