HAMMOND – In a classic battle of District 1-5A foes, Captain Shreve captured its second LHSAA Class 5A state championship in three years Saturday night in Southeastern Louisiana’s University as the last of 12 title tilts.
Captain Shreve (21-5) defeated Benton (17-7) won 50-39 in a game that probably should have been played in Bossier City’s Brookshire Grocery Arena.
The Lady Gators asserted themselves late in the third quarter behind Kyra Stokes and Kiayra Ellis, expanding to a 15-point lead to keep the Lady Tigers from repeating as state champs. Ellis, an Arkansas State signee, was selected the game’s MVP after posting a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Shreve’s Jordan McLemore and Benton’s Anna Robins were selected the Horizon Award winners from their schools for their commitment to community and scholastics.
The Lady Gators used their superior length to hold Benton’s Jada Anderson to just 11 points on a 4-of-16 shooting night before she moves on to ULM.
Although players on both sides are familiar with each other and the school’s principals have long ties, the game was a battle of the fittest from the opening tip. Benton struggled to adjust to Shreve’s reach in the early going, but the Lady Tigers were ignited by super sub Riley Grace Stanford (14 points) after Ellis gave the Lady Gators an early lead.
By halftime, Shreve led 19-16 as nerves and defense kept the offensive scoring to a minimum.
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