Curtis, West St John reach girls state championship games

john curtis christian school logoJohn Curtis returned only one starter from last year’s 2a girls state basketball championship team. But, that one is a dandy.

Junior Kolby Morgan scored 33 points as Curtis beat #1 seed University Lab 67-59 Thursday night in the 2a semifinals at Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond.

Morgan made 17 of 21 free throws. The Patriots made 26 of 31 free throw attempts.

Curtis led 31-24 at the half. A Morgan three pointer opened the scoring to start the third quarter. University closed to within 5 in the fourth quarter but could get no closer as the Patriots converted their free throw attempts.

Did head coach Barbara Farris think her team could get back to the title game? “I am going to give you the PC (politically correct) answer,” said Farris. “We worked hard to put ourselves in this position.” Farris then paused and added, “Yeah, I thought we would get back.”

In the 1A semifinals, West¬†St John, the top seed, beat Central Catholic 66-58. The Lady Rams avenged a playoff defeat to Central Catholic (Morgan City) in last year’s playoffs.

Jaylynn Gordon scored 32 points for the Rams, 10 above her seasons average.

Both Curtis and West St John will play for state titles next week at Fant-Ewing Coliseum in Monroe.