Kalani Brown scored 15 of her 23 points in the first half to lead the Salmen Lady Spartans to a 74-42 thumping of the Loyola Prep Lady Flyers in a Class 4A regional game Thursday night in Slidell.
The Spartans (25-4) advance to the quarterfinals where they will host Rayne on Saturday where Salmen will continue its quest for a third straight state championship.
The game was originally scheduled for Monday night and then Wednesday night but was postponed both times because of the ice and snow storms in north Louisiana made it difficult to travel. Loyola (19-14) is located in Shreveport.
“They hit their outside shots early and we didn’t,” Loyola coach Kyle Tanner said. “You come in here and hope against hope they won’t be hitting their outside shots. Once they did, we knew we were in trouble.”
The Spartans led 4-3 early, but went on a 10-0 run over a three-minute span of the first quarter. Brown made two layups and Tiara Warren hit two 3-pointers to account for all 10 points.
Loyola answered with a 6-0 run to cut the deficit to 14-9 with 1:01 to go in the first quarter.
Salmen outscored the Lady Flyers 21-5 over the next 7:30 to take a 35-14 lead with 1:31 remaining in the first half.
A 5-0 run by the Lady Flyers got them within 35-19 at halftime.
“This was a total team effort,” Salmen coach Kevin Anderson said. “We played a good game. We played a zone and were able to close out on their shooters and helped each other.”
Loyola connected on 2 of 14 3-pointers in the first half and three of 24 for the game. Meanwhile, Salmen made four of 11 in the first half and eight of 17 for the game.
Salmen essentially put the game away with a 12-2 run to open the second half as it grabbed a 47-21 lead with 4:15 left in the third quarter.
“We played like a team and shared the ball well tonight,” Brown said. “We knew they had very good shooters, and with the game being postponed we worked hard on closing out on 3-point shooters.”
Brown also had 14 rebounds and three blocked shots. She made 11 of 15 field goals for the game. Warren had 15 points including hitting 3 of 6 on 3-pointers. Deja Starks added 13 for the Spartans.
Amber Smith led the Lady Flyers with 21 points with 16 coming in the fourth quarter.
Salmen made 30 of 62 field goals for the game for 48.4 percent. Loyola was held to 16 of 58 shooting for 27.6 percent.
The Lady Flyers also struggled from the free-throw line making just seven of 16 attempts, while Salmen made 6 of 9.
Salmen used their superior height to grab 12 offensive rebounds for the game and converted them in to 11 points.