The Higgins Hurricanes are back in the state quarterfinals after defeating the Carencro Bears 41-28 at home in a Class 5A regional round playoff game Tuesday night.

It is the second straight year Higgins has advanced to the quarterfinals.

Higgins will face Ouachita in the quarterfinals.

“We’re trying to go further than we did last year,” Higgins coach Marshall Jackson said. “But, of course, it feels good going back.”

Melvin Frazier led Higgins with 12 points.

“Feels good, but we’re trying to take it further,” Frazier said.

Frazier had a dunk in the second quarter that seemed to energize the Hurricanes. He caught an errant shot off the backboard and slammed it down. Frazier said the play was not by design.

“It was just heat of the moment,” he said. “It just happened, so I had to finish it.”

Carencro’s offense got off to a slow start. The Bears were shut out for nearly the first five minutes, and their first points came on a steal and uncontested fast-break shot.

Those were their only points of the first period. The Bears fared little better the rest of the game and scored many of their points on free throws.

Jackson praised his team’s defense.

“That’s what we bank everything on, our defense,” he said. “Our defense has been carrying us all year.”

The Hurricanes have held their past two opponents to less than 35 points.

Higgins struggled from the field early on as well. The Hurricanes put up just nine points in the opening period. They were able to open things up in the second quarter to take a 22-8 lead into the half, with Frazier chipping in 10 points.

The sloppiness continued into the second half. There were 12 team fouls called in the third quarter alone.

The Bears made one last push late in the game. They cut the Hurricanes’ lead down to 35-26 with just over two minutes remaining, but failed to get any closer.