Top-seeded Christian Life pulls away to big win

Christian Life, the top seed in the Class 1A boys state basketball playoffs, led No. 32 Ascension Catholic just 14-11 after the first eight minutes and 26-17 at halftime Tuesday before pulling away for a 70-36 victory in the bidistrict round contest.

Jonathan Stove had 20 points to lead the Crusaders (25-5).

R.J. Hertzog added 14 points for CLA, while Khalid Smith had 11. Gilbert Allen led ACHS (12-19) with 15 points, followed by Caleb Westchester with 10.

Class 2A

UNIVERSITY 65, CHSNI 18: Wayde Sims poured in 22 points and Jalen Johnson had 12 as No. 2 U-High used smothering defense to overpower No. 31 Catholic-New Iberia.

The Cubs (29-2) gave up just five points in the first quarter, two in the second and none in the third.

Nick Geoffroy led CHSNI with nine points.

Class 1A

SOUTHERN LAB 64, GRAMBLING 55: Marquise Richard had 19 points and Ray White 13 as No. 15 Southern Lab turned back No. 18 Grambling.

Samuel Forest added 11 points for the Kittens.

WHITE CASTLE 80, ST. MARTIN 55: Diandre Vellock burned the nets for 27 points while Moses Young and Samson Westley added 15 each as the No. 21 Bulldogs (16-11) stunned No. 12 St. Martin.

EAST IBERVILLE 52, VARNADO 49: Darrell Ingram scored 15 points as No. 9 East Iberville outscored No. 24 Varnado 19-11 in the fourth quarter to pull out the win.

The Tigers improved to 16-11. Donte Carter led Varnado with 15 points.

Class B

MADISON PREP 121, FORREST 35: Prep All-American and LSU signee Jerrell Martin lived up to his billing with 28 points, as did top-seeded Madison Prep in its rout of No. 32 Forrest.

Delvin Spann added 20 for Madison, while Chad Williams had 18. Keith Marshall led Forrest with 14 points.

FAIRVIEW 88, HOSANNA 48: Tyler Maddox had 17 points and Brennan Maddox 15 as No. 2 Fairview rolled past No. 31 Hosanna. Monaterreo Whitfield had 19 points for Hosanna (8-27).

Class C

JEHOVAH JIREH 57, CALVIN 53: Cole Dunn knocked down 28 pionts as No. 13 Jehovah Jireh held off No. 20 Calvin. Cole Dunn had 28 points for Calvin.