Huntington returns to Marsh Madness with win

JOURNAL STAFF

Huntington’s girls basketball team will be returning to the LHSAA state tournament following its convincing victory at South Lafourche 69-42 in the Class 4A quarterfinals Thursday night.

The Lady Raiders will be making a third consecutive trip to Marsh Madness thanks to a smothering defense that resulted in a dominating win. The Raiders have lost in the semifinals and finals the previous two trips, so maybe the third time can be the charm.

Huntington’s pressure resulted in a 22-7 first-quarter lead that sparked the visitors. The Tarpons used free throws in the second quarter to cut into that lead and trailed by just 28-19 at halftime.

An even bigger second half for Huntington resulted in a 42-29 lead after three quarters and the margin grew to more than 20 points in the final period.

Kalea Dean scored 19 points for Huntington (20-6). Jayla Allen added 13 and Nijeh Grant scored 12.

The fifth-seeded Raiders will be matched up with a familiar foe in No. 1 Warren Easton (22-9) in the semifinals. Huntington fell to the Eagles in the 2020 semifinals.

LAFAYETTE 65, SOUTHWOOD 42: The Lady Cowboys couldn’t pull off a second consecutive road upset, dropping the Class 5A quarterfinal game to the No. 3 Lady Lions (29-4). Southwood finished its year 24-11.

Baseball

TEXAS HIGH 6, CAPTAIN SHREVE 4: At CS, the Tigers used a 3-run sixth inning to rally past the Gators (2-1). Shreve got all of its runs in the second inning on an error, an RBI double from Bryce Powell, and RBI singles by Cole Criswell and Hunter Willis. Willis suffered the defeat in relief of Sutton Oathout who pitched the first five innings, allowing three earned runs of four allowed on 7 hits.

EVANGEL 6, LOYOLA 5: At Evangel, the Eagles used a 2-run sixth inning to take a 6-3 lead and held on for the win. Peyton Fulghum was 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs for ECA. Tristan Beaty got the win in relief for the Eagles. He gave up one run on two hits in 2 1-3 innings. Parker Fulghum worked the final inning to get the save. Peyton Thomas led Loyola with two hits in four at bats.

BENTON 8, PLEASANT GROVE (Texas) 2: At Marshall, Texas, the Tigers used a 6-run fourth inning to defeat the defending Class 4A state champions in Texas. Brady Blaylock had the big hit for the Tigers in the fourth with a 2-run double.

Softball

CALVARY 5, WEST OUACHITA 4: The Cavs were led by Molly Woodle who was 2-for-3 and an home run and D.J. Lynch with a double. Kynzee Anderson picked up the win in the circle.

STANLEY 8, CAPTAIN SHREVE 3: The Gators’ Mikel-Ann Ricardo was 3-for-3 with a double and Addison Smith tripled in the first two runs in the sixth inning. Shreve drops to 3-2 on the season.