HAMMOND — Rayne High’s dream of a state title in girls basketball came so close to reality.

The sixth-seeded Wolves and No. 8 Ursuline Academy played toe-to-toe for three quarters. Rayne even led 48-47 with 5:51 left.

But title-game MVP Kourtney Weber helped fuel a decisive 14-0 fourth-quarter surge that lifted Ursuline Academy to a 61-48 victory over Rayne in the Class 4A title game that closed out the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Girls Top 28 tournament on Saturday night.

Weber finished with a game-high 29 points for the Lions (27-5), who won their first basketball title.

Weber scored six points during the final surge at Southeastern Louisiana’s University Center.

Charlesha Dugas led Rayne (31-3) with 17 points.

A crowd of 20,948 attended the five-day tourney.

The teams looked evenly matched from the opening tip. Rayne’s Whitley Larry scored first, but the score was tied three times in the first quarter.

Dugas stole the ball and drove in for a quick layup that put Rayne ahead 17-15 with 12.2 seconds remaining.

Ursuline’s Kiersten Nelson was fouled at the buzzer and made both free throws to tie it.

Larry opened the second-quarter scoring with two free throws. Weber quickly tied it with a jumper.

Weber finished with 14 points in the opening half. Baskets by Larry, who had 10 first-half points, and Amari Collins gave Rayne a degree of separation.

But the Wolves never extended their lead beyond four points until late in the half. Dugas scored on another layup that gave Rayne a 31-25 lead at the 1:03 mark.

Ursuline had one last answer. This time Giordin Johnson made a jumper from the right side of the key.

Rayne led 31-27 at halftime and the issue was hardly settled.

Class 1A

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 (32-1) 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.

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Letricia Baker led Arcadia with 27 points, Khelsea Foster had 23 and DeAndre’a Alexander finished with 10.

The win for the Hornets (32-1) is their first state championship since 2010.

Sophomore Andrea Cournoyer finished with 35 points in a losing effort. Her 69 combined points in the semifinals and championship game broke a Louisiana Class 1A record set back in 1967 by Vida Foster of Walker High School.

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 responded in the third quarter, outscoring 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.

Suffering their first loss of the season, Merryville (32-1) was seeking the school’s first-ever state championship in girls’ basketball.