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HAMMOND – Four teams were locked in for this weekend’s state championship contests as the semifinal rounds of the LHSAA Girls Non-Select Basketball Championships wrapped up Thursday night on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana.
GAME ONE: ELLENDER 56, BASTROP 44
Ellender will get a shot at a sixth state title following its 56-44 defeat over No. 2 Bastrop Thursday afternoon.
The Lady Patriots were led by Jasi Jenkins’ double-double (11 points and 13 rebounds) while two more players recorded double-digit efforts.
Bastrop was led by Jaleya Peoples’ 10 points and five steals.
GAME TWO: WARREN EASTON 59, HUNTINGTON 55
Warren Easton is back in the championship picture for the fourth time in five years after taking down Huntington, 59-55, in the second game on the afternoon.
Imani Rothschild led the Eagles with 18 points and seven rebounds while Kamryn Washington recorded 13 points in the game.
Kalea Dean scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Huntington.
GAME THREE: PARKWAY 55, LAFAYETTE 54
For the first time in school history, Parkway is headed to the state championship game.
The Lady Panthers battled all game long, against a tough Lafayette team, leading by only two points entering the fourth quarter.
Mikaylah Williams, a finalist for the Gatorade Louisiana Player of the Year, led with 33 points and nine rebounds on the evening. She was efficient at the charity stripe, hitting eight of nine attempts.
For Lafayette, Jahnya Brown score 19 points to lead her team along with eight boards and four steals.
GAME THREE: PONCHATOULA 69, WALKER 59
In front of one of the biggest crowds of the week, Ponchatoula picked up a monumental victory in order to punch its ticket to the championship game for the first time since 2015.
It just so happened to be against the same team it defeated for its last title as the Green Wave took down Walker, 68-59.
Three different players finished in double-digits for Ponchatoula as Tulane signee Jaylee Womack led with 22 points and 13 rebounds while Taylor Jackson scored 20 points and Elizabeth Thompson recorded 11 points in the victory.
Walker also had three players finish in double-digits with Ja’Miya Vann leading the way with 15 points and two assists. Caitlin Travis (11) and Kennedy Ard (10) also finished with 10 or more points.
Class C State Championship • 1 p.m.
No. 1 Hicks vs. No. 2 Gibsland-Coleman
Class 1A State Championship • 4 PM
No. 1 Northwood-Lena vs. No. 2 North Central
Class B State Championship • 7 PM
No. 2 Fairview vs. No. 5 Oak Hill