It will be an all-Catholic League final when John Curtis takes on Mt. Carmel in the Division III girls’ basketball state championship at noon Saturday at Rapides Coliseum in Alexandria.
Top-seeded Curtis (28-4) reached the title game with a dominating 61-18 victory Thursday over St. Joseph Academy, the No.5 seed.
Mt. Carmel, the No. 3 seed, advanced to the finals with a win over another Catholic League rival on Thursday. Mt. Carmel (22-9) won 32-22 over Dominican, the No. 2 seed.
Curtis is a two-time defending state champion in Division I while Mt. Carmel won a Class 5A title in 2016.
In the Lady Patriots’ win over St. Joseph, Curtis scored the first 19 points of the game and didn’t allow the Red Stickers a single point in the second quarter.
Abryhia Irons had 17 points to pace Curtis while Jerkaila Jordan chipped in 16. Both players pulled down 10 rebounds.
Meanwhile, Mt. Carmel senior Jordan Berry took over in the fourth quarter of the Cubs’ win over Dominican.
Berry scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to rally Mt. Carmel.
In the low-scoring affair, Mt. Carmel led 4-2 after one quarter of play.
The start of the second half was a comparative shootout compared to the open two quarters of play as Dominican scored the first eight points of the third quarter to pull ahead.
Of Berry’s 14 fourth-quarter points, eight came from the free-throw line in the closing minutes.
Curtis and Mt. Carmel each had double byes and didn’t have to player their first games until the quarterfinals.
The Lady Patriots overwhelmed eighth-seeded Evangel Christian 84-24 in one quarterfinal game.
Mt. Carmel won its quarterfinal matchup with a 60-53 double-overtime win over Scotlandville, the No. 6 seed.
Curtis and Mt. Carmel split a pair of regular-season district games, each on the opponent’s home floor. Curtis was edged 45-44 on its home court in the first encounter while Mt. Carmel fell 39-24 at home in the second contest.