LAKE CHARLES — With Jasmine Thomas scoring a game-high 27 points and Ledetriha Sheppard adding 16, top-seeded North Caddo made its first game at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association-State Farm Top 28 Tournament a memorable one.
The Rebels used a 10-2 third-quarter run to pull away for a 57-36 victory over Pickering in Class 2A semifinal game played Wednesday night at Burton Coliseum.
“Last year we made it to the quarterfinals and felt like we belonged here,” NCHS coach Rickey Evans said. “We waited all year to get the opportunity and made the most of it.”
Thomas made 10 of 20 shots from the floor to pace the Rebels, who also got 10 points, 15 rebounds and five assists from Sumer Williams in their Top 28 debut.
Sami Thomas, who finished with 11 points, was the only Pickering player to score in double figures. The Reed Devils finish 27-5.
NORTH CENTRAL 61, ARCADIA 58: Top-seeded North Central (31-2) raced out to a 19-10 first-quarter lead, but had to withstand a late charge by fifth-seeded Arcadia (27-7).
AHS cut the lead to two points, at 53-51 late in the fourth quarter. Quaniqua Joseph scored a team-high 15 points to pace a quartet of double figures scorers for NCHS. Shavonta Bush added 13, while Sydney Martin and Jazlyn Robertson each had 11 points. Robertson had 10 rebounds, while Martin added nine.
Khelsa Foster scored a game-high 19 points and had 11 rebounds for Arcadia, which also got 15 points from D’Anquinette Henderson. Letricia Baker pulled down 20 rebounds for the Hornets.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 68, MERRYVILLE 51: Central Catholic advanced to the 1A final for the first time. The Eagles (28-3) claimed a 21-10 first-quarter lead and outscored previously unbeaten Merryville (31-1) in all but one quarter.
Randi Brown scored a game-high 29 points for CCMC on 8-for-19 shooting from the floor, while Meo Knight added 20. Gee Garrett finished with 12. Brown (12) and Knight (9) combined for 21 of the Eagles’ 33 rebounds.
Merryville made just 37 percent of its shots from the field (21-for-56). Peyton Cournoyer led Merryville with 18 points and Andrea Cournoyer finished with 16 for the Panthers.