The St. Thomas More Cougars became two-timers on Saturday night winning the Mary Anne Lawler Invitational at Northwood High School for the second consecutive year.
The defending Class 4A state champs topped Captain Shreve and Bossier in the opening rounds, then used their scrappy defense to get past Loyola 61-47 in the championship game.
“We love coming up here to this tournament to face quality competition and to see some teams we don’t normally see,” said STM coach Danny Broussard. “We appreciate Mr. (Joe) Lawler for hosting this tournament because having supporters like him is what high school basketball is all about.”
The Cougars (4-1) won thanks to 19 points apiece by UTEP-signee Trey Touchet and UL-Lafayette baseball-signee Orynn Veillon. The Flyers pulled within 10 points late in the third quarter following a three-point play by Logan Robertson, but couldn’t get the deficit down to single digits.
“We always expect to win when we step on the floor, but St. Thomas More is a very talented team and they are well-coached,” Loyola coach Bill Keel said. “We made some mistakes and they capitalized.”
Drekaleus Williams led the Flyers (5-2) with 13 points, while Logan Robertson tossed in 12.
Byrd 83, Southwood 73: The Yellow Jackets staved off a late Southwood rally to win the championship of the Haughton Tournament on Saturday afternoon. Chad Lott led four double-digit scorers for undefeated Byrd (9-0) with 19 points. Corey Ashley added 18, Trey Rogers 15 and Demetri Mahoney 11 for the Yellow Jackets, who withstood a 30-point fourth quarter by the Cowboys.
Daterrius Hubbard pumped in 24 points to lead Southwood, while Terion Bell added 19.
Bossier 56, Northwood 50: The Falcons put up a big fight in the consolation finals of their own tournament, but the Bearkats had too much firepower down the stretch. Devonte Hall topped Bossier with 27 points, while Kentrell Hardy added 15.
“One of the main reasons we come to this tournament is to play teams like St. Thomas More and Northwood,” Bossier coach Jeremiah Williams said. “We were lagging a bit early tonight but we picked it up.”
Martavious Washington scored 23 points and Marquez Stevenson 10 for the Falcons.
West Monroe 54, Mansfield 50 OT: The Lady Wolverines gave the highly regarded Lady Rebels all they wanted before falling in the championship game of the Lady Kats Invitational. Behind tournament MVP Abby Lee’s 22 points, along with 13 from Jasmyn Johnson and 11 from Desiree Lyons, WMHS was able to get control in the overtime. Ashley Jacobs dropped in 22 points for Mansfield.
Plain Dealing 35, Huntington 34: Drametria Thomas had 13 points to lead the 1A Lady Lions past 4A Huntington at Bossier. Kierra Sims had 18 points for the Lady Raiders, who played the majority of the game without Caitlin Jenkins.
Green Oaks 80, Bossier 68: Princess Davis had 18 points to lead four Lady Giants in double figures in the win over Bossier. Janey Jones added 17 points, Troynecia Wilson 15 and Jalisha Brown 13 for coach Shayla Canady. Tiffany Lynn led the Lady Kats with 20 points, while Necka Wynn added 12 and Gabriele Mason 10 for coach J.C. Dickey.