Ponchatoula (29-3) was led by Arianna Hamilton’s game-high 18 points. Kayla Lee added 13 points and four rebounds.

Up 31-21 after three quarters, the Green Wave lead would never get below five points as the defense paced the effort, forcing Ponchatoula into 33 turnovers on the night.

It took nearly three minutes before either team got on the scoreboard and a bucket by Baylie Stears gave their only lead in the game at 2-0. It would be the only bucket of the quarter for the Wildcats as Ponchatoula held a 9-2 lead.

The Green Wave lead grew to as much as 13-2 in the second quarter. Relying on an outstanding defensive effort, Ponchatoula forced Walker into 18 first-half turnovers.

Walker (30-6) was led by Jamie Gibson, who finished with 13 points and seven rebounds.