by Hunter Bower // GeauxPreps.com
LAKE CHARLES – Four schools captured state championship victories on the first day of Marsh Madness finals at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles.
In the first game of the day, Jehovah-Jireh captured its fourth consecutive state title with a 60-57 win over Family Christian in the Division V title game.
The Warriors were led by the game’s Most Outstanding Player, Michael Brandon, who had 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Another school continued its streak of championship wins as Crescent City took down Calvary Baptist by 10 points to capture the Division IV state championship.
Thursday afternoon’s win marked the third straight state title for the Pioneers and head coach Shaun Dumas while sophomore John Kelly was award Most Outstanding Player with 13 points, six rebounds and five assists.
In Class 3A, Madison Prep took home its seventh state title in 10 years after having defeated St. Martinville, 52-47.
The Chargers finished the season with a 24-3 overall record.
Madison Prep has now won state titles in the sports of football, girls basketball and boys basketball this sports season.
In the final game of the evening, it was a battle of the Class C schools as Ebarb and Simpson traded leads the entire game that eventually led to overtime action.
However, it was the Broncos of Simpson who survived with a 73-65 win to take home its first state title since 2019. The finals appearance was Ebarb’s first since 1970.
Zach Vargas was named the Most Outstanding Player for Simpson.
The finals resume at Burton Coliseum on Friday as Division III, Class 1A, Class 2A and Class B champions will be crowned. First game is set to begin at Noon.
LHSAA MARSH MADNESS FINAL SCORES – THURSDAY
Jehovah-Jireh 60, Family Christian
Crescent City 59, Calvary Baptist 49
Madison Prep 52, St. Martinville 47
Simpson 73, Ebarb 65 (OT)