HAMMONDAP) — With three players finishing in double-digits, top-seeded New Living Word easily defeated Grace Christian 74-27 Friday to capture the 2017 Louisiana High School Athletic Association Division V girls basketball state championship at Southeastern Louisiana University.
The Lions (22-13) broke out early to a 22-13 advantage against Grace Christian (16-16) at the end of the first quarter. Forcing 25 turnovers, the Lions’ lead only expanded after that, as they held the Warriors to single-digit scoring in the remaining three quarters.
Grace Christian only managed 14 points the rest of the game, while New Living Word put up 52, including a 25-2 fourth quarter to capture the state crown.
Senior forward Jessica Onwuzulike led the way for New Living Word with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Tania Roper had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Rickeria Williams finished with 15 points, six rebounds and seven assists.
Grace Christian was led by senior center Nikki Wood, who finished with 12 points and seven rebounds.