Zachary High sophomore guard Rayah Haynes scored on a driving layup with 3.7 seconds remaining to lift the Broncos to a 56-55 victory over Parkview Baptist in the title game of Broadmoor High’s Jewell S. Kelly girls basketball tournament.
Parkview’s Skyler Goodwin missed a difficult running 3-pointer at the buzzer to close out the exciting back-and-forth game that featured multiple lead changes.
Zachary (4-1) led 30-26 at halftime. Parkview (4-1) switched to a 2-3 zone defense and outscored Zachary 18-6 in the third quarter. Parkview led by as much as nine points in the fourth quarter before Zachary rallied.
“It was an exciting game,” Zachary coach Mike Stephens said. “Parkview is well coached. What it came down to was the penetration and stopping the penetration. Rayah Haynes is quick and really played well.”
Haynes, the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player, scored 10 of her team-high 17 points in the first half. Zachary sophomores Bree Langford and Jamecia Profit added 15 and 9 points, respectively.
“This game will absolutely help us down the line,” noted Parkview coach Jessica Shelton, who led the Eagles into the second round of the playoffs last season and returns the same core players. “We really came out focused in the third quarter and our zone worked good. I was pleased with how well we transitioned. We really rebounded well.”
Parkview outrebounded Zachary 55-39, including 25-15 on offensive rebounds. Parkview’s Leah Collins and Megan Hatch were a force on the boards as Parkview had multiple shots on many possessions.
Goodwin scored 14 of her game-high 26 points in the second half. Collins added 14 points and senior guard Destaney Batiste contributed 9 for the Eagles.
Goodwin put the Eagles up 49-42 with a layup at the midpoint of the fourth quarter. Zachary went on a 6-0 run with senior Tamia Veal scoring 4 points and Haynes 2. But Goodwin hit two free throws with 2:14 remaining to put the Eagles up 51-48.
Haynes hit a 3-pointer from the top of the circle with 1:52 remaining to tie it at 51-51. Zachary’s Langford banked in a left wing 3-pointer to put her team up 54-51 with 1:19 remaining.
Parkview’s Batiste and Hatch missed shots but Collins was fouled on a follow. Collins, who hit 6 of 7 free throws, converted both attempts to cut the ZHS lead to 54-53 with 55.0 remaining.
Zachary turned the ball over on its next possession and Goodwin was fouled on a drive. Goodwin hit both free throws with 11.6 seconds remaining to put Parkview up 55-54. Zachary quickly inbounded the ball to Haynes, who burst up the right side for the winning layup.
Zachary hit 22 of 63 field goals and Parkview 17 of 16. Zachary led 13-7 in steals. Parkview had 22 turnovers to 16 for Zachary.
“We have the same starting five as last season,” said Stephens, who was named the head coach last month. “Most of the players are seniors and sophomores and they’ve grown up a little bit. We like to run. We want to take steps toward a championship this season.”
Others on the all-tournament team were Zachary’s Langford, Parkview’s Goodwin, Port Allen’s Alissa Springer, Southern Lab’s Caillain Williams, Broadmoor Kamryn Alexander, Baker’s Carlisa Bell, Lee’s Jalin Walker, Mentorship’s Ebony Jones, West Feliciana’s Devena Smith and Jamesha Duncan of Glen Oaks.
In other consolation games, Southern Lab defeated Port Allen 70-32 and Baker defeated Lee 49-8. Bell scored 30 points for Baker (3-2).
Parkview outscored its four tourney foes 228-133 and picked up quality wins over Southern Lab and East Ascension. Zachary held its two previous tourney foes to 39 total points.
This was the fourth Jewell S. Kelly tournament. Broadmoor won the first two titles and Redemptorist won in 2014.
Wednesday’s three games were the final games to be played at Broadmoor High this season. The Bucs gym will be closed as a new air conditioning system will be installed. Broadmoor’s home games will be played at Broadmoor Middle.