It took a memorable outing in order for Parkview Baptist to realize a program milestone.
To reach the school’s first Girls Top 28 Tournament the Lady Eagles were pushed to great lengths, but responded with a championship mettle that should benefit them going forward.
Senior forward Morgan Douglas keyed a dominating effort in a second overtime period, knocking down a wide-open 3-pointer with 2:07 to go that was the catalyst in the No. 4 Eagles’ 80-71 Class 3A quarterfinal victory Thursday over No. 12 South Beauregard.
“I knew I could make the shot,” Douglas said. “I knew my team needed it, so I stepped up and made it for my team.”
Parkview (24-10) will appear in its first semifinal against No. 1 Iota, a 70-48 winner over Madison Parish, next Wednesday at Southeastern Louisiana’s University Center.
“I told them if you’re a prize fighter, you have to be willing and able to take a punch and recover,” said Parkview coach Christina Anderson, whose team led 29-24 at halftime and 41-38 after three quarters.
South Beauregard (21-13) trailed for all but three minutes since the initial stages of the game. The Lady K’s pulled even at 61-61 with 1:06 left in regulation on Ashlynn Derouen’s 17-footer.
The Lady K’s took their biggest lead of the game a minute into the first overtime at 64-61 a minute when Parkview’s Stephanie Marshall answered with a 3-pointer. The game was tied twice more before the Lady Eagles opened a 69-66 lead with 6.4 seconds left on three free throws from Skylar Goodwin and Destaney Batiste. Goodwin led PBS with 28 points, while Leah Collins added nine.
Following a turnover Derouen, who also had 28 points, hit a pull-up 3-pointer with two seconds left to force a second overtime.
“I knew what kind of team they were,” Anderson said. “It wasn’t a surprise because we expected that.”
Parkview put the ball in the hands of Goodwin, whose three-point play with 3:44 showing, not only gave the Lady Eagles a 72-69 lead, but neutralized the momentum South Beauregard had after the first overtime.
Goodwin found a gap and knocked down a 15-footer from the side of the free throw line for a 74-71 before Douglas delivered her back-breaking 3-pointer that doubled her team’s lead to 77-71.
“Morgan’s a great outside shooter,” Anderson said. “People don’t expect it from her because she’s a big girl.”
Goodwin added three throws in the last 25.8 seconds, helping Parkview outscore South Beauregard 11-2 in the second overtime.
“We couldn’t get any momentum,” said South Beauregard coach Chris Greene, whose team was 1-of-9 in the second OT. “They hit two big buckets right off the bat and the momentum just shifted. They hit some big shots. Hat’s off to them.”