It will be Scotlandville against Broadmoor in the final of the East Baton Rouge Girls Basketball Tournament at Belaire on Saturday after Broadmoor dropped McKinley 41-31 in the first semifinal game on Friday night, and Scotlandville held off Belaire 67-59 in the nightcap.
In consolation action, Istrouma defeated Glen Oaks 63-50 and Northeast ran past Tara 46-31.
BROADMOOR 41, McKINLEY 31: Broadmoor held McKinley to 11 second-half points to pull away from the Panthers.
Broadmoor coach Terrence Gillette credited strong defense and good free-throw shooting as the key to the Lady Bucs’ success.
“It was defense that did it,” he said. “They had the size inside, and our girls were focused. They knew what we had to do. We were patient on offense.
“We work hard and put a lot of emphasis on free-throw shooting,” he said.
“Overall, no one player stood out. It was a team effort.”
Mikayla Crockett and Asia Hayes sparked the Broadmoor (8-2) in the fourth quarter with nine points and 4-for-5 free-throw shooting as the Lady Bucs outscored the Panthers 12-7 to cement the win.
Honchea Thornton led Broadmoor with 13 points, and Shantrell Lumar added nine.
McKinley (7-2) didn’t get the performance coach Corey Grant hoped for from its inside duo of 6-foot-1 Angela Udofa and 6-0 Rolanda Bryant.
“We couldn’t impose our will inside tonight,” he said. “We couldn’t get the ball inside and do anything with it. We’ve been flat in the third quarter all year, and overall we didn’t play well tonight.”
McKinley scored only four points in the third quarter, and Broadmoor had only four until Ericka Teschke hit a shot at the buzzer.
Bryant was the leading scorer for the Panthers with 12 points.
SCOTLANDVILLE 67, BELAIRE 59: It was tooth-and-nail from the opening tip in the second semifinal game, and it wasn’t until the Hornets went on a 13-6 run to end the fourth quarter that the issue was decided. The Lady Bengals’ quick guard combination of Terralynn Dominick (20 points) and X’Zalyn McGarner (12 points) hounded Scotlandville on defense and scored on a variety of drives and long-range shots to keep Belaire ahead until the Hornets finally tied the game at 48 and went on to a 52-48 lead after three quarters.
In the fourth quarter, Belaire pulled within one at 54-53 before Scotlandville went on its final run, largely behind the inside play of Daylin Boatner and six quick points off the bench by Celica Sterling, her only points of the night.
Boatner finished with 19 points and was nearly unstoppable around the basket.
“She had excellent moves around the goal tonight,” coach Cedric Hill said. “Our team is a real work in progress and this was a real big win for us. We’re just learning how to get into the flow of the game.
“We know we’ll have our hands full in the finals against another quick team in Broadmoor. We’ll just try to come back and play good team ball.”
Kanya Dixon added 15 for Scotlandville and Nicole Lang had 13, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter.