Country Day repeats as champ

By By Warren Arceneaux / American Press

McColl Simmons made two free throws with 31 seconds left for the go-ahead points in Country Day’s 50-47 win over Madison Prep

in the Class 1A state championship game Saturday at the Top 28 tournament at Burton Coliseum.

J.C. Younger added a free throw with 13 seconds left.

Madison Prep missed a 3-pointer on its final possession. Josh Anderson made one in the final minute to tie the score at 47

before the Simmons free throws gave the Cajuns the lead for good.

Country Day (25-7) repeated as champ. Madison Prep (25-9)

Michael Corchiani scored 14 to lead Country Day. Younger added 13. Brandon Sampson led Madison Prep with 16 points.

Sampson scored four points in the second half.

“We didn’t panic at halftime, we just had to figure out how to get some stops,” said Country Day head coach Mike McGuire.

“Trey Harell is a lockdown defender, he loves his role,” McGuire said. “When he went out Corchiani said he would take Sampson

and did a great job, I don’t think Sampson scored on him.”

Country Day led by six points after the first quarter after making 8 of 11 field goal attempts, but was held to four points

in the second on 1 of 8 shooting. The Cajuns made 2 of 8 free throws in the quarter.

Madison Prep outscored the Cajuns 13-4 in the quarter. Sampson scored 10 in the quarter, including a long 3-pointer at the

buzzer to give the Chargers a 26-23 lead.

Chargers head coach Jeff Jones said missed opportunities doomed his team.

“Missed free throws killed us and at the end of the third quarter we missed a bunch of point-blank layups,” he said.

“We had too many breakdowns and lapses. They exploited that.”