Destrehan, MCA, Easton Advance to Title Games at Top 28

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It will be all New Orleans metro area finals in class 4A and 5A in the Girls Top 28 in Lake Charles.

Thursday night, Easton beat DeRidder 63-51 to reach the championship game.

Easton will play defending state champion Salmen Saturday night at 8 at Burton Coliseum.

In 5A, either Destrehan or Mount Carmel will win its first girls state basketball championship.

In the semifinals, freshman Cara Ursin matched her career high with 31 points as Destrehan subdued Helen Cox 70-57. Ursin made 10 of 18 shots, and was 11 of 14 from the free throw line.

Destrehan jumped to an early 14-7, thanks in part to three three point baskets by senior guard Jordan Dabney.

“I tell the girls all the time, set the tone early,” said Destrehan head coach Angi Butler. “You score first. You set the tone and its your game to play. Today they did what I asked them to do.”

Destrehan put the game away by outscoring Cox 23-10 in the third quarter. Danayea Charles led Helen Cox with 13 points.

In the second 5A semifinal, Mount Carmel got 21 points from Jennifer Clark in a 70-52 win over Denham Springs.

The Cubs picked apart Denham Springs’ zone defense. Paige Franckiewicz hit 5 three pointers for Mount Carmel, 4 in the first half.

Destrehan will face Mount Carmel at 6 pm Saturday in the 5A championship.

In class 3A, John Curtis Christian school fell to University 70-61.

The Patriots had a 43-33 lead in the third quarter after a three pointer by Kolby Morgan. Morgan scored 28 points for the Patriots.

But, a short bench and University’s dominance on the boards sunk Patriot hopes for a spot in the finals.

University outscored John Curtis 20-8 in the final quarter.

“They played off of certain players and doubled key ballhandlers for us,” said Curtis head coach Barbara Farris.  “ And, we just weren’t comfortable or confident enough for some reason we confident enough to get the ball where it needed to be or take a dribble.”