Top-seeded Zachary and second-seeded Broadmoor advanced to the final of the East Baton Rouge Parish Girls Basketball Tournament with hard-fought semifinal victories Friday at Broadmoor.
Zachary (8-1) outscored sixth-seeded Woodlawn 16-9 in the fourth quarter to come away with a 48-39 victory. Broadmoor (8-2) held third-seeded Baker to seven second-half points in a 38-25 victory.
Defending tournament champion Zachary and Broadmoor meet at 7:30 p.m. Saturday for the championship. Zachary edged Broadmoor 48-45 earlier this month.
“Zachary is a very good team with lots of returning players,” Broadmoor coach Terrence Gillette said. “It should be a nice battle. It’s going to be played in our house and we want to pack the stands.”
“Broadmoor is a very good team and we’re anticipating a good game,” Zachary coach April Brown said. “I’m proud of us finding a way to get it done tonight. Woodlawn was scrappy. They made us work for 32 minutes.”
Baker (6-4) meets Woodlawn at 5:30 p.m. for third place, Belaire battles Northeast at 2:30 p.m. for the consolation title and the fifth-place game will be played at 4 p.m. between the winners of Tara vs. Capitol (10 a.m.) and Scotlandville vs. McKinley (11:30 a.m.).
ZACHARY 48, WOODLAWN 39: Senior point guard Kasiney Williams led Woodlawn with 16 points and four assists. Mariah Wright added 17 points for ZHS, which hit 14 of 29 free throws in the game.
Brianna Smith scored 12 and Kuriyan Allen eight to pace Woodlawn (6-4). Smith and Maja Dupas led the Panthers in rebounding.
The game was tied three times in the third quarter. Woodlawn took a 38-37 lead with 3:47 remaining in the game on two free throws by Smith. With Williams scoring seven points and Bria Reed four, Zachary finished the game with an 11-1 run.
“Our guards stepped up and played good defense,” Woodlawn coach Dana Kohn said.
“Our girls did a good job of battling back. Our shots just didn’t fall when we needed them to fall. Williams is a very good ball-handler for Zachary and she stays under control.”
BROADMOOR 38, BAKER 25: Senior 5-foot-7 guard Keona Bobo sparked Broadmoor by hitting a 3-point shot in all four quarters to total 12 points with four assists. Honchea Thornton added 10 points and junior Shantrell Lumar had eight for the Lady Bucs.
Baker surged to an 8-2 lead early in the game. Bobo’s 3-pointer with 19 seconds remaining in the first quarter put the Bucs up for good at 9-8. Broadmoor started the second and third quarter with 9-0 runs. Baker rallied to tie things at 18-18 at halftime, but the Lady Buffaloes were held to two points in the third quarter as Broadmoor lead 27-20.
Baker got as close as 29-23 early in the fourth quarter. Bobo hit a 3-pointer and added two assists down the stretch as Broadmoor pulled away.
“Holding Baker to seven points in the second half speaks volumes to me about our effort,” Gillette said. “We don’t have a lot of size but we play with a lot of heart. Bobo is playing with confidence and really sparked us.”
“These are the kinds of games we need to get ready for district,” Baker coach Mike Stephens said. “We’re young with just one returning starter. We’re getting better.”