Call it a bit of role reversal.
Instead of seeing its season continue in the quarterfinals for the third straight year St. Michael the Archangel watched upstart Breaux Bridge reach that juncture for the first time in school history.
No. 11 Breaux Bridge erased a 10-point halftime deficit with a strong second half of play that was too much for cold-shooting St. Michael.
The final result was a 47-44 Class 4A regional playoff victory for Breaux Bridge on Monday night at SMHS.
“Our threes were falling in the second quarter, but they weren’t falling in the third,” St. Michael coach Tami McClure said. “Those things happen, and you have to adjust and we kept settling for outside shots.”
Louisiana Tech signee Jasmine LeBlanc led all scorers with 27 points, helping Breaux Bridge (28-3) extend its win streak to 19 games.
The Lady Tigers meet the winner of Tuesday’s Edna Karr-Huntington game in quarterfinal action.
“We’re very excited,” Breaux Bridge coach Chana Jordan said. “Our goal was to get to the Sweet 16, and we’re a little bit closer.”
St. Michael (23-11) was trying to earn its third straight quarterfinal berth and eighth in nine years.
The Lady Warriors simply couldn’t overcome 26 percent shooting in the final two quarters — including 2 of 15 from 3-point range.
Alex Wicker was the lone double-digit scorer for St. Michael with 12 points with Tyler Morrison and Essa Badon adding nine apiece.
Breaux Bridge, which outscored St. Michael 27-13 in the final 16 minutes of the game, sliced the Lady Warriors’ 31-21 halftime lead to 38-33 entering the fourth quarter.
“We just told the girls at halftime we were only down 10 points,” Jordan said. “As long as we took it one possession at a time, try and get the lead back and try and hold it for a while.”
While St. Michael missed its first four shots of the final quarter, Breaux Bridge took its first lead since the opening minutes of the game on LeBlanc’s 17-footer with 4:08 remaining.
Wicker’s own jumper stopped the Lady Warriors scoreless stretch, touching off a span of three consecutive lead changes with the Lady Tigers taking the lead for good at 41-40 on Caitlin Davis’ driving lay-up with 3:07 left.
Breaux Bridge shot 53 percent in the second half and capped a 12-2 run for a 45-40 advantage on LeBlanc’s free throw with a minute left.
Sabree Wilson’s potential go-ahead 3-pointer with less than two minutes to play rolled around the inside of the rim and came out for St. Michael. But the junior responded with a successful 3-pointer that left her team trailing 45-43 with 32 seconds to go.
The Lady Warriors faced a 47-44 deficit when their full-court pressure produced a turnover with 2.1 seconds left. However, Wicker had her 3-point try blocked by LeBlanc.
“The girls fought the entire game,” McClure said. “We got the turnover and a great look at the three, but it doesn’t come down to one play.”