Two area teams play for titles, St. Louis goes for three-peat
Published 11:00 am Saturday, March 4, 2023
St. Louis Catholic is looking to extend its state championship run while Rosepine is seeking its first on the final day of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Marsh Madness closes out today at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.
Both teams overcame early deficits to reach today’s finals.
No. 3 St. Louis Catholic (27-6) will face fellow state power No. 1 Lafayette Christian (28-1) in the Division II select final at 2 p.m.
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Both teams have star power on the court in St. Louis’ Paris Guillory, a Louisiana Tech signee, and LCA’s Jada Richard.
Guillory set a Class 3A/Division II semifinal scoring record on Wednesday with 41 points, breaking the old mark set in 1980 by LSU head coach Kim Mulkey (Hammond HS). The Saints trailed Vandebilt Catholic in the semifinals until the third quarter when they went on a 23-0 run.
Guillory will play in her fourth state championship game which includes state titles in 2021 and ’22.
Richard is the state’s top-rated junior and scored 16 points in LCA’s 50-13 rout of Peabody on Thursday in the semifinals.
LCA is making its sixth consecutive finals appearance after winning back-to-back Division III titles in 2021 and ’22. The Knights have won five state championships since 2017.
LCA’s lone loss was by one point to Fairview, who played for the Division V non-select state championship late Friday night. The Knights have won 27 consecutive games.
St. Louis is playing in the finals for a fifth consecutive season.
Rosepine, the top seed in Division III non-select, is back in the finals for the first time since a 42-36 loss to Washington in the Class B state title game in 1977.
After falling behind 7-0 to No. 5 Union Parish in the semifinals on Wednesday, the Eagles rallied for a 35-14 halftime lead.
The Eagles are led by a trio of juniors in Addison Fruge, Kelly Norris and Nevaeh Rivera, who combined for 47 points in the semifinals.
Rosepine (28-7) faces No. 2 Amite (27-4) at 4 p.m. in the finals.
Amite claimed the Class 2A state championship last season with a 64-44 win over Rayville.