Country Day's Scott Plaisance dunks in the third quarter of a Class 1A semifinal against Arcadia Wednesday at Burton Coliseum. Plaisance is a 6-foot-9 Louisiana-Lafayette signee. (Rick Hickman / American Press)
Last Modified: Thursday, March 13, 2014 4:09 PMThe No. 4-seeded Metairie Park Country Day Cajuns weathered every Arcadia push, keeping control of the game and hitting clutch free throws down the stretch to upset the No. 1-seeded Hornets 53-46 and advance to the Class 1A final Tuesday at the Top 28 tournament.
J.C. Younger led Country Day with 14 points and made all eight of his free throws — 6 of 6 in the fourth quarter — to give the Cajuns (24-7) a lift with star center Scott Plaisance, a 6-foot-9 Louisiana-Lafayette signee, playing with a sprained ankle.
Ankle and all, Plaisance slammed home a one-hander to give Country Day a 43-32 lead in the fourth quarter.
“Dunks like that, they definitely change the tempo,” Plaisance said. “I feel like it definitely kick started us and gave us what we needed to finish.”
Arcadia (24-4) struggled to find a rhythm, going 5 of 11 from the line and getting outrebounded 25-18.
Tracy Hampton led Arcadia in scoring with 14 points.
Country Day will play Madison Prep at 2 p.m. Saturday in the championship game.
#3 Madison Prep .............. 61
#2 Lafayette Christian ..... 50
Junior guard Brandon Sampson scored 26 points, the only Charger to score in double digits, to lead Madison Prep.
Sampson, who scored 17 points in the first half, came out with intensity that indicated he wouldn’t let his team falter in its first year in Class 1A. Madison Prep (22-8) had lost a four-point game to Lafayette Christian (24-4) in December
“I knew coming out we had to have the right mind-set,” he said. “Back in December we didn’t have that. We had to have the attitude to get every board (and) every loose ball.”
After falling behind 44-27 at the end of the third quarter, the Knights cut the margin to seven points in the fourth quarter behind Jordan Ledoux, who scored 19 points.
It was the Chargers’ use of Sampson as a decoy that sprung Jalen Brown to a pair of layups at that point to put the game out of reach.