Zachary High School hit six free throws in the final two minutes and survived a furious rally by Broadmoor in the final of the East Baton Rouge Parish Girls Basketball Tournament played on Saturday night.
Tournament most valuable player Kasiney Williams scored eight of her 14 points in the fourth quarter to pace Zachary to a 51-49 victory at Broadmoor.
Baker edged Woodlawn 43-41 in the third-place game, Scotlandville defeated Tara 52-46 in the fifth-place game and Belaire defeated Northeast 50-27 in the consolation game.
Zachary (9-1) led 14-7 after one quarter. Broadmoor (8-3) outscored the Broncos by five points in the next two quarters to take a 34-33 lead after three on a 3-point baseline shot by Royneccia Abbott. Williams drove for a layup and Broadmoor regained the lead at 36-35 on a follow shot by Honchea Thornton. Zachary’s 6-0 run was capped by a 3-pointer by Mariah Wright off a Williams assist.
Broadmoor stormed back within two points on a 3-pointer by Keona Bobo at the midpoint of the fourth quarter. Wright scored four straight points as Zachary pulled ahead 47-41 with 1:39 remaining. Broadmoor all-tourney selection Shantrell Lumar scored six of her 12 points in the final two minutes. The Bucs got as close as 50-49 in the final seconds on a layup by Royneccia Abbott.
“I’m proud of the way we fought tonight and in the entire tournament,” said coach April Brown, who led Zachary to its second straight EBR Parish tourney title. “Kasiney Williams and Mariah Wright really sparked us. We showed some resilience. I’m proud of the team.”
All-tournament selection Wright scored 19, senior Bria Reed scored 8 of her 10 points in the first quarter and Lillie Snowden added 8 for ZHS. Lumar, Bobo and Royneecia Abbott scored 12 each for Broadmoor. Bobo and Abbott each hit two 3-pointers. Zachary hit 15 of 31 free throws, while Broadmoor was 11 of 15.
Zachary also defeated Broadmoor by 3 points in the semifinals of the Zachary tourney.
“I commend both teams for putting on a good performance,” Broadmoor coach Terrence Gillette said.
“My hat goes off to Zachary. On the bright side it was our first parish tourney finals appearance in five years. A one bucket loss is not easy to take. We’ll come back to practice on Monday and get ready to move on.”
BAKER 43, WOODLAWN 41: Baker’s Ashante Brown hit two free throws with 35 seconds remaining for the decisive points. Tesha Smith scored 9, Brown and Dayshanny Rossell 8, Jacques Dodson 7 and Antria Whitfield 6 for Baker (7-4).
“The defense Jacques Dotson played against Woodlawn’s Kuriyan Allen was real important to the outcome,” Baker coach Mike Stephens said.
“Our bigs played well today and rebounded with authority. We shot free throws well (13-of-17). Everybody contributed tonight.”
Andria Hilton scored 10, Allen 9 and Brianna Smith and Maja Dupas had 8 each for Woodlawn. Woodlawn led 23-17 at the half.