HAMMOND — Relying on a fourth-quarter comeback, Jewel Sumner captured the school’s first state championship in girls basketball with a 60-50 win over Parkview Baptist in the Class 3A state championship game on Saturday night at the University Center.
Diamond Brooks led Jewel Sumner with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Bre’Ashlee Jones had 12 points and 13 rebounds, Kiara Williams had 11 and Amy Brumfield added 10 points.
The win completes a perfect 36-0 season for the Cowgirls.
Down 34-24 with 3:16 to go in the third quarter, Jewel Sumner went on a 15-4 run which extended into the fourth quarter to take a 39-38 advantage.
Trailing the entire first half, Parkview Baptist opened the second half on a 14-0 run to take a 34-22 lead with 3:49 to go in the third quarter.
Having never made it past the second round of the playoffs until this season, Parkview Baptist finished 25-11.
The Eagles were led by Skyler Goodwin’s 17 points. Leah Collins had 14 points and 16 rebounds.
NORTH CADDO 56, MADISON PREP 48: Top-ranked North Caddo captured its third straight state championship, defeating Madison Prep.
North Caddo was led by Jasmine Thomas’ 17 points and nine rebounds. Sumer Williams had 12 and Destiny Rice had 11.
A back-and-forth first quarter saw North Caddo (35-1) hold a 12-10 lead after the first eight minutes. Leading 15-14 with 5:22 to go in the first quarter, the Rebels went on an 8-0 run to grab a 23-14 advantage.
The story of the first half was second-chance points. North Caddo outrebounded Madison Prep (31-5) 26-16 in the first half.
The Chargers opened the second half scoring the first four points of the third quarter, cutting the North Caddo lead to 27-25. Madison prep would tie the game early in the fourth quarter and take a brief 43-40 lead with 4:42 remaining. North Caddo immediately responded, scoring seven of the next nine points of the game to take a 47-45 lead.
Seeking its first-state championship in girls’ basketball, Madison Prep was led by Kennedi Green and Alexis Augustus, who each scored 10 points.
ARCADIA 66, MERRYVILLE 62: Arcadia (32-1), the top seed, handed No. 6 Merryville (32-1) its first loss. to open Saturday’s action.
Title-game MVP Letricia Baker led Arcadia with 27 points, Khelsea Foster had 23 and DeAndre’a Alexander finished with 10. The Hornets won their first 1A state title since 2010.
Sophomore Andrea Cournoyer finished with 35 points for Merryville. Her 69 combined points in the semifinals and championship game broke a 1A record set in 1967.
A back-and-forth first half, Arcadia held a 16-12 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Down 20-18 with 4:59 to go in the first half, a 7-0 run for Merryville gave the Panthers a 25-20 lead with 3:38 to go in the second quarter.
Arcadia outscored Merryville 20-16 in the quarter to take a 44-43 lead. The Hornets opened the final period scoring the first four points of the quarter, extending their lead to 48-43 with 6:05 to go in the game.
Merryville cut the Arcadia lead to 48-45 with 5:36 to go in the game, but Foster scored the next six points of the game to put the Hornets back in front 53-45, all but putting the game out of reach.