One fan in the Landry-Walker gymnasium held up a sign that read “I want a 3 Lamar.”
Lamar Peters gave her way more than just one.
The junior guard knocked down five 3-pointers to jumpstart Landry-Walker, and then they pulled away in the second half for an easy 75-57 victory over rival Karr.
Peters finished with a career-high 32 points for the No. 2-ranked Charging Buccaneers (17-9, 6-0 in District 9-4A).
The victory put Landry-Walker in the driver’s seat of the district race.
Peters scored 18 points in the first half when he knocked down five 3-pointers, including two from NBA range.
“I come in the gym and shoot every day during lunchtime and shoot,” Peters said. My coach told me it was going to pay off if I keep working at it.”
Landry-Walker coach Brian Gibson wasn’t surprised by Peter’s exploits in such a pivotal game.
“I expect it,” Gibson said. “Lamar is a big-game player, and I knew he wasn’t going to be afraid of the moment.”
Despite Peters’ first half performance, Landry-Walker led Karr just 32-26 at the half.
While Peters dominated the first half, it was sophomore Keytaon Thompson carrying the load for the Charging Buccaneers in the third quarter when they began to pull away. Thompson, the quarterback on the football team, dominated in the paint and scored 10 points in the quarter. He finished with 21 points.
“Keytaon and Lamar are the two starters back from the state championship team last year,” Gibson said. “We go as they go. They do what the team needs in any situation.”
Vince Phillips scored 12 points and Tyree Thompson scored 11 to lead the No. 3-ranked Cougard (24-4, 4-2).
It was Landry-Walker’s second straight double-digit win over its Algiers rival.
Landry-Walker won 70-59 in double overtime in the last meeting, while Karr won 56-52 in the Sugar Bowl Classic.
But Landry-Walker won the one that really mattered, pretty much sealing the district title.
“This team is not afraid of the moment,” Gibson said. “I knew they were going to come out and be ready to play.”
Karr 50, Landry-Walker 27: The Cougars outscored the Charging Buccaneers 31-10 in the second half to remain undefeated in district play.
“Credit Landry-Walker in the first half,” Karr coach Jessica Barber said. “We were doing everything we wanted to do but they were just stopping us. They did a good job on Rehema Franklin.
“She is our energy, and when we don’t get it to her, we struggle.”
Imani Mulmore and Paige Williams scored 12 points each for Karr (25-3, 7-0), ranked No. 3 in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10.
Franklin scored nine for Karr, which led just 19-17 at halftime.