ALEXANDRIA — Ursuline senior Kourtney Weber missed her junior season with a torn ACL.
She more than made up for lost time as a senior.
Weber put the exclamation point on her high school career Friday by getting off to a scorching hot start that not only delivered the early knockout but also brought a second state championship in three years to the uptown school.
Weber poured in a game-high 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in No. 3 Ursuline's easier-than-expected 70-43 victory over No. 4 Lee Magnet in the Division II title game of the LHSAA girls state tournament.
"It's a lot of hard work I put in," said Weber. "It feels great. Last year was hard to sit down and watch. This year I wanted to come out strong."
Weber, who also had four steals and four assists, took home her second Most Outstanding Player in three years as well after powering the Lions to a Class 4A title in 2016.
Ursuline (24-3) sprinted out to a 14-0 lead and led from start to finish. Weber had a hand in the first 11 points. The 5-foot-10 guard started with a base-line jumper, hit a pair of 3-pointers and dished out three assists in the first three minutes. It was just the type of start the Florida State signee was hoping for after shooting well in the morning shoot-around.
"It was good to see my 3-point shot falling because it wasn't falling the last couple games," Weber said.
She finished 11 of 16 from the floor, including 4 of 5 on 3-pointers.
"These are the games she lives for," Ursuline coach Andrea Williams said. "She doesn't live for district games. She doesn't live for regular-season games. She lives for the playoffs. This is where she always shines. She always puts this team on her back, and I always tell her we are going to go as far as she takes us."
Lee didn't score until Reagan Williams hit a free throw with 3:31 left in the first quarter. Their first field goal came with 1:28 left in the quarter on Diamond Hunter's short jumper. Ursuline led 18-3 lead after one and never looked back.
Lee (26-9), seeking its first state championship, shot a dismal 4 of 33 from the field in the first half.
"We've been preaching that you put teams away in the first quarter," Williams said.
It was Ursuline's second win of the season over Lee after winning 56-44 in the U-High Tournament in December. This one wasn't nearly as close.
"My team came out a little flat," Lee coach Valencia Wilson said. "It was nervous jitters. That comes with a young team. I was very surprised. With a young team, sometimes you just don't know what you're going to get."
Hunter scored 17 to lead the Patriots.
Ursuline senior Giordin Johnson finished with 14 points and Kiersten Nelson scored 11 points to go with six rebounds. Kennedi Jackson snatched down 10 rebounds and also had six points, matching the six points scored by Tai Sherman.
Ursuline senior Brooklyn Mitchell, a Kansas signee, did her part as well, cheering her team on from the bench — or "coaching" as she calls it — while missing the season with an torn ACL.
"That's my best friend," Weber said. "I did this one for Brooklyn. I know how that feels."
The victory helped amend last season when the Lions fell in the semifinals to Parkview Baptist.
"Last year left a sore taste in our mouths," Williams said. "I told my seniors it was their last time. Our whole theme this year has been "Unfinished Business." Are you going to compete. Or are you going to dominate? And we wanted to dominate. "