LAKE CHARLES — Mansfield High made its intentions clear right away. The third-seeded Wolverines took the lead early and never let up while claiming a 60-44 victory over second-seeded Ville Platte High in a Class 3A semifinal game at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Girls Top 28 tournament.
With its Wednesday victory, Mansfield (30-3) advances to play top-seeded U-High (31-2) in the 3A title game set for 8 p.m. Friday at Burton Coliseum.
Lacassine and Stanley advanced to the Class B title game set for 6 p.m. Friday. Lacassine’s 63-43 semifinal win ended Fairview’s hopes of winning a ninth straight state title, while Stanley upended top-seeded Florien in its semifinal.
Wednesday’s five-game session attracted 5,260 fans. The tourney’s two-day total at Burton Coliseum is 7,361.
Pickering also advanced, winning a 2A semifinal that concluded the five-game schedule. The tourney continues at 1 p.m. Thursday with five more semifinal games.
Mansfield outscored VPHS in every quarter but one and led by as much as 19 points in the game played Wednesday night at Burton Coliseum. MHS faces No. 1 University High (31-2) in the 3A final set for 8 p.m. Friday.
Ashlyn Jacobs scored a game-high 30 points on 10 of 21` shooting from the floor with three 3-pointers for Mansfield. Keiona Ross added 12 for the Wolverines, who also got 10 rebounds from Kayla Drain.
Brianna Pete had 15 points and Deja McKinney finished with 13 for Ville Platte (29-5), the 3A runner-up a year ago. VPHS made just 25.8 percent of its shot from the field (17 of 66) for the game.
LACASSINE 63, FAIRVIEW 43: Second-seeded Lacassine also took the lead early and never wavered.
The Cardinals (30-5) led by six at the half and broke the game open in the third quarter with a 19-8 run. Lacassine led by as much as 23 points in the fourth quarter.
Haley Cooley led Lacassine with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Madyson Brasseaux and Lindsey Priola each had 14 points to help lead the winners. Brasseaux had 12 rebounds.
Callie Maddox led Fairview (38-6) with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Maddisen Martin added 14 and Laurenn Taylor had 10. Lacassine plays Stanley (33-5) in the Class B title game at 6 p.m. Friday.
STANLEY 43, FLORIEN 38: District 3-B co-champions Florien and Stanley played the ultimate tie-breaker to open Wednesday’s five-game session.
Top-seeded Florien (38-3) won three of the four games the teams played in the regular season, but fourth-seeded Stanley advanced.
Tykeisha Monroe finished with 12 points for Stanley. Sara Housley and Michee Alexander each had 11 points. Housley also had 13 rebounds, while Alexander had 11 rebounds.
Katie Alford led Florien (38-3) with a game-high 13 points. Aja Law had a game-high 14 rebounds and eight points in the game that featured 10 lead changes,
PICKERING 49, LAKEVIEW 38: Amy McKellar and Ashley Sheppard combined for 24 points to lead top-seeded Pickering (29-4) in the 2A semifinal.
McKeller scored a game-high 13 points and had 10 reounds; Sheppard scored 11 points for the Red Devils, who meet the winner of Thursday’s semifinal between North Caddo and St. Thomas Aquinas.
Ny’Keria Jones finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds for No. 29 Lakeview (11-18), the lowest seed in the tourney. LaTara Brumfield added 10 rebounds for LHS.