LAKE CHARLES — Top-seeded University High outlasted No. 5 Jewel Sumner 53-47 in a Class 3A semifinal Wednesday at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Girls Top 28 tournament.
The Cubs led for a majority of the contest, but Sumner refused to go away quietly, making multiple runs in the second half to keep the contest close.
With the victory, U-High (31-2) advances to play third-seeded Mansfield (30-3) in the 3A title game set for 8 p.m. Friday at Burton Coliseum.
Lacassine and Stanley advanced to the Class B title game set for 6 p.m. Friday.
Lacassine’s 63-43 semifinal win ended Fairview’s hopes of winning a ninth straight state title.
Alanie Fisher finished with 14 points, including two crucial fourth-quarter 3-pointers for University. Chelsea Verrett scored seven of her 13 points in the final period for defending 3A champion U-High. Mikayla Bates added 12 for UHS.
Bre’Ashlee Jones had game highs of 18 points and 14 rebounds for Sumner (29-4). Diamond Brooks added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Cowgirls, who scored the last seven points of the third quarter, cutting UHS’ lead to one at 38-37. The Cubs withstood two fourth-quarter rallies to close out the win.
MANSFIELD 60, VILLE PLATTE 44: Mansfield outscored VPHS (29-5) in every quarter but one and led by as much as 19 points in the second 3A semifinal .
Ashlyn Jacobs scored a game-high 30 points on 10-of-21 shooting from the floor with three 3-pointers for Mansfield. Keiona Ross added 12 for the Wolverines, who also got 10 rebounds from Kayla Drain.
Brianna Pete had 15 points and Deja McKinney finished with 13 for second-seeded Ville Platte (29-5), the 3A runner-up a year ago. VPHS made just 25.8 percent of its shots from the field (17 of 66).
LACASSINE 63, FAIRVIEW 43: Second-seeded Lacassine also took the lead early and never wavered.
The Cardinals (30-5) led by six at halftime and broke the game open in the third quarter with a 19-8 run. Lacassine led by as much as 23 points in the fourth quarter.
Haley Cooley led Lacassine with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Madyson Brasseaux and Lindsey Priola each had 14 points to help lead the winners. Brasseaux had 12 rebounds.
Callie Maddox led Fairview (38-6) with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Maddisen Martin added 14 and Laurenn Taylor had 10. Lacassine plays Stanley (33-5) in the Class B title game at 6 p.m. Friday.
STANLEY 43, FLORIEN 38: District 3-B co-champions Florien and Stanley played the ultimate tiebreaker to open Wednesday’s five-game session.
Top-seeded Florien (38-3) won three of the four games the teams played in the regular season, but fourth-seeded Stanley advanced.
Tykeisha Monroe finished with 12 points for Stanley. Sara Housley and Michee Alexander each had 11 points. Housley also had 13 rebounds, while Alexander had 11 rebounds.
Katie Alford led Florien (38-3) with a game-high 13 points. Aja Law had a game-high 14 rebounds and eight points in a game that featured 10 lead changes,