By Neal mcclelland
The Daily Iberian
Trey Amos led a trio of Catholic High players in double figures as the Panthers held off Notre Dame and beat the Pioneers 53-51 Friday in the LHSAA Division III playoffs.
After beating Notre Dame 50-40 in the regular season back on Jan. 24, the rematch a month later was for higher stakes as the winner advanced to the quarterfinals and a date with top seed Dunham.
Amos had a team high 17 points for Catholic High while Kolbe Chretien added 12 and Javian Willis pumped in 10 for the Panthers, who trailed by one point at halftime but took the lead for good in the third quarter when they outscored Notre Dame 16-12.
Notre Dame rallied in the final period but Amos connected on 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch to seal the win for CHS.
With the win, No. 8 seed Catholic High (22-12) travels to Baton Rouge Tuesday to face Dunham (20-4) for the right to advance to the semifinals which will be held March 4-7 at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles.
No. 9 seed Notre Dame (11-13) was led by Kaizer Lamm with a game-high 18 points, including five 3-pointers while John Williams Lamm added 13 points.
Jeanerette 70, Pickering 67
PICKERING — Jared Drexler scored a game-high 31 points as No. 18 seed Jeanerette beat No. 15 seed Pickering 70-67 in the opening round of the LHSAA Class 2A playoffs Friday.
Taylor Tallmore added 17 points and Shonathon Sparrow chipped in 10 as the Tigers used a 22-5 third quarter run to take the lead and held off a fourth quarter rally from the Red Devils for the win.
With the win, Jeanerette (15-13) will play host to No. 2 seed Red River (31-3), a 61-49 win over St. Helena, in the second round Tuesday.
Jeanerette led 31-11 at the end of the first quarter, 27-23 at halftime and a whopping 49-28 at the end of the third quarter before the Red Devils rallied and outscored the Tigers 39-21 in the final quarter for the final margin.
Darcyun Hargrove led Pickering (17-16) with 17 points and Glen Anderson added 14 points in the losing effort.
FRANKLIN — Ja’Michael Gray scored 13 of his 22 points in the first half as Franklin bolted out to a 23-12 first quarter lead and blew past Oakdale 100-44 Friday in the opening round of the LHSAA Class 2A playoffs Friday.
Zy’Quan Webber added 15 points, Kylun Peters also had 15 points, Travis Zeno, Jr. added 12 points, Kim Michael Provost had 11 points, Braydon Ward added 10 points and Gharin Stansbury finished with 10 points as the Hornets held leads of 48-21 at halftime and 69-34 at the end of the third quarter in the rout.
It was Franklin’s first home playoff game since beating Plaquemine 54-44 in the 2011 Clas 3A first round.
Oakdale (15-10) was led by John Davis with 12 points.
No. 8 seed Franklin (20-9) travels to No. 8 seed Welsh, a 67-59 winner over Lakeside, Tuesday in the second round.
Cedar Creek 58,
Highland Baptist 43
RUSTON — Landon Spillers led the way with 27 points as Cedar Creek beat Highland Baptist 58-43 Friday in the opening round of the LHSAA Division IV state tournament.
Christian Norris added 15 points for the Cougars, who advance with the win to face No. 2 seed Central Catholic in the regional round Tuesday.
Individual statistics for Highland Baptist were not available.
West St. Mary 29
BALDWIN — No. 21 seed Capitol High upset No. 12 seed West St. Mary 46-29 Friday in the opening round of the LHSAA Class 2A state tournament Friday.
With the win, Capitol will play host to No. 5 seed Lakeview in the second round Tuesday.
WSM ends its season with a 15-9 record.
Individual statistics from the game were not provided to The Daily Iberian.
CENTERVILLE — No. 10 seed Centerville advanced to the second round of the LHSAA Class A playoffs with a 91-58 win over No. 23 seed Northwood-Lena Friday.
With the win, Centerville advances to the second round and will travel to face No. 7 seed Logansport, a 65-37 winner over J.S. Clark.
Individual statistics from the game were not provided to The Daily Iberian