LAKE CHARLES —Behind an 11-1 run to open the fourth quarter, the University High School defeated Mansfield 52-42 for the LHSAA Class 3A state championship Friday night.
University (28-2) was led by Alaine Fisher’s 21 points. Destiny Ephrom added 10 points and six rebounds.
Trailing for a majority of the first half, University Lab fell behind 37-30 with 6.5 seconds in the third quarter. The Cubs immediately responded by going on an 18-1 run, which extended all the way through the fourth quarter. Chelsea Verrett’s basket with 6:42 left in the third quarter gave University the lead for good at 39-37.
The Wolverines held an 11-4 lead at the end of the first quarter after a 3-pointer by Jacobs at the buzzer.
Mansfield’s lead grew to as much as 37-30 in the third quarter. The Wolverines (28-4) were led by Ashlyn Jacobs 18 points and eight rebounds. Kayla Drain added seven points.
It was the second straight state title for the Cubs and third overall for the school this season.
SUMMERFIELD 31, PLEASANT HILL 26, OT: In Lake Charles, the top-seeded Lady Rebels captured their first state championship since 1968, defeated the second-seeded Lady Eagles in overtime.
Summerfield (30-6) was led by Nicole Bursey’s game-high 15 points.
Sharneshia Levingston added nine.
The game was tied 21-21 after regulation. Bursey scored the first six points of overtime, giving Summerfield a 27-21 advantage.
Pleasant Hill (16-15) was led by Samiah Scott’s 12 points.
LACASSINE 54, STANLEY 43: In Lake Charles, after three consecutive state runner-up finishes, No. 2 seeded Lady Cardinals captured the state championship.
Capturing its first state title since 1981, Lacassine (28-5) was led by Madyson Brasseaux who had 17 points, 16 rebounds and five steals.
Haley Cooley added 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Lady Cardinals capped an impressive season which also saw them defeat eight-time defending state champion Fairview in the semifinals.
Lacassine trailed 24-16 at the half.
After falling behind 24-16 at halftime, the story of the game was the third-quarter performance by Lacassine, who shot 13.3 percent in the first half, the Cardinals hit 8 of 11 shots (72.7) and made four 3-pointers en route to outscoring Stanley 23-10 in the quarter.
Stanley got as close as 42-41 in the fourth quarter, but never take the lead in the final eight minutes.
Playing in the school’s first state championship game, Stanley (31-6) was led by Michee Alexander’s game-high 24 points and 13 rebounds with six blocks and four steals.