MONROE — Pelican All Saints erased an eight-point third-quarter deficit to notch a 61-59 victory over Atlanta in the Class C boys basketball title game.
Zikiteran Woodley scored 15 of his game-high 28 points in the fourth-quarter, including the game-winning three-point play Friday afternoon at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association/State Farm Top 28 Tournament at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
It was the second straight C title for the Jaguars and potentially the school’s final title. The DeSoto Parish School Board is scheduled to vote next week whether to keep the school open.
Woodley, the title-game Outstanding Player for the second straight season, made a short jumper in the lane with 12 seconds left and was fouled. He tacked on a free throw to complete the scoring.
In the Class C girls game earlier Friday, title-game Outstanding Player Sueterrica Key poured in 41 points to help Dubach edge Saline 60-58.
Jade Anderson made one free throw with 14.1 seconds left and Key added a free throw with 3.8 seconds left to provide another point for Dubach (31-1), which won its first state title in girls basketball since 1983.
PELICAN 61, ATLANTA 59: Woodley, who made 11-of-24 shots from the floor, was one of three double-figure scorers for Pelican (24-8). Carnelius Holmes (12) and Alize Elam (10) were other leaders for the Jaguars. Elam and Quartez Smith each had 11 rebounds.
“I think we were flat in the first half,” Pelican coach Richard V. Simmons said. “We were outrebounded. Alize changed the game with his rebounding and so did Zeke (Woodley). We outrebounded them in the second half. It’s always good to win the last one.”
Kentrel Sapp hit 7-of-12 shots from the floor and finished with 22 points to pace Atlanta (28-5). Steve Evans (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Taren Sapp I (14) also led the Bulldogs, who made their first title-game appearance in a decade.
Atlanta led 15-14 after one quarter and 28-24 at the half. A basket by Lashard Powell upped AHS’ lead to 34-26 with 5:26 remaining in the third quarter.
Pelican outscored Atlanta 16-4 from there and took a 42-38 lead into the fourth quarter. The lead changed hands 10 times in the fourth quarter before Pelican notched the win.
DUBACH 60, SALINE 58:Key made 14-of-34 shots from the floor and 11-of-17 free throws to go with 12 rebounds for Dubach. The victory avenged Dubach’s semifinal loss to Saline a year ago at ULM.
While Key was the lone player in double figures for Dubach, Saline (30-6) had three players in double figures. KeAnna Rainwater finished with 22 points, while Diamond Bradley (19) and Madysen Watts (10) were other leaders for the Bobcats. Bradley also had a game-high 14 rebounds. Carletta Thomas added eight points and 12 rebounds for Dubach.
Saline took a 45-41 lead into the fourth quarter. Key erased that lead to sinking two long 3-pointers to open the final period. Dubach led by as much as five points in the last quarter before Saline tied it on a layup by Rainwater with 22.8 seconds remaining.
“I told you from the beginning it was going to be a thriller,” Dubach coach Theodis Johnson said. “You saw her (Key’s) ability today. She was poised. Since we lost to Saline last year we’ve doing everything we can to get back here.”