ALEXANDRIA — Just call it the Revenge Game.
John Curtis and McKinley will both be looking for it at 4 p.m. Saturday when they meet in Rapides Coliseum for the Division I state championship.
No. 2 McKinley (30-3) is looking to avenge its loss from last season's championship game.
Top-seed Curtis (29-1) is looking for a little payback for the only team to put a blemish on its record this season.
"I feel like it's a war," McKinley's Erica Lafayette said.
Curtis is going for its fifth state championship to go with the titles won in 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2017.
It would be the Patriots' third under Barbara Farris.
"It's going to be a great matchup," Farris said. "I hope these young ladies are prepared and have the mental fortitude to be able to prepare ourselves for whatever. At the end of the day, if we do what we are supposed to do we usually do a good job."
Farris, also won two state titles as a player before going on to play in the WNBA, points to three keys for her team being successful. It's the same three points her former WNBA coach would emphasize every game.
"Control the offensive boards, make free throws and limit your turnovers," Farris said. "I learned that from Bill Laimbeer. If you do a good job with that, the other stuff kind of falls in place."
Dynah Jones has been the Pariots' heart and soul. She scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the semifinals against Evangel Christian. She is joined in the starting lineup by sophomore Jerkaila Jordan, who was the Most Outstanding Player in last year's tournament, along with Abryhia Irons, Salma Bates and Da'Jha Virgil.
McKinley counters with a team led by sharp-shooting guard Alexius Horne, Caira Wren and Lafayette.
Horne made five 3-pointers, including three in the first 90 seconds in the Panthers' easy semifinal win over Dominican.
"They took our heart last year," Horne said. "It's time to take it back."
The loss from last year is still fresh on McKinley's mind, much like Curtis still remembers its loss from December 1.
Dating to last season, it's the only loss Curtis has in its last 43 games.
"We have played them before, and we know what they do," Curtis sophomore Irons said. "It's just a matter of stopping what they do."