LAKE CHARLES — The top-seeded North Central girls basketball team coasted through the first Class 1A semifinal with a 56-40 win against fourth-seeded Arcadia in the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Girls’ Top 28 tournament Tuesday at the Burton Coliseum.
After taking a 19-15 lead into halftime, North Central took control quickly in the second half, scoring the first 14 points of the third quarter in a matter of 3.5 minutes and jumping ahead 33-15.
“Usually at halftime, whether we’re up or down, I tell them we’re down by 25 points,” said North Central coach Vanessa Taylor said. “That’s how they came out, like they were down by 25.”
The Canes went on to outscore Arcadia 20-6 in the third quarter, allowing them to play with a comfortable lead for the remainder of the contest.
NCHS senior forward Jazlyn Robertson led the Canes (26-3) with a double-double, 17 points and 16 rebounds.
“Jazlyn needs to understand that she’s a beast,” Taylor said. “I just have to remind her.”
VERMILION CATHOLIC 57, WHITE CASTLE 46: No. 2 Vermillion Catholic joined North Central in the final with a convincing victory against No. 6 White Castle.
The Eagles doubled White Castle on the scoreboard in the first half with a 26-13 lead at halftime.
White Castle went on a tear led by senior Skylar O’Bear — who finished with a game high 25 points — in the third quarter that cut its deficit to eight points. The Bulldogs got as close as five in the fourth quarter.
But that’s as close as the Bulldogs would get, Vermillion Catholic scored six quick points midway through the fourth quarter to stretch their lead back to 11 and never looked back.
Vermillion Catholic will meet North Central in the state championship game at 2 p.m. Saturday .
SUMMERFIELD 50, PLAINVIEW 38: Top-seeded Summerfield never trailed as it defeated No. 4 Plainview in the first Class C semifinal.
Summerfield freshman Marcedes Coleman led the Rebels with a double-double, recording 19 points and more than 11 rebounds. Junior Nicole Bursey contributed 19 points to the win.
The Rebels (29-6) stifled Plainview’s offense, forcing 25 turnovers and limiting the Hornets to shooting less than 40 percent from the field.
PLEASANT HILL 30, EPPS 25: Samiah Scott’s and Laura Spann helped lead second-seeded Pleasant Hill to a victory over No. 6 Epps.
Scott gave the Eagles the lead with a layup at the 1:42 mark, and Spann added two free throws with 14.5 seconds left to help clinch the win.
Spann and Braylieh Brown each had eight points for PHHS (19-14), which advances to play top-seeded Summerfield in a 4 p.m. Friday’s final.