After a slow start, see how Southern Lab girls ran away with a semifinal win

After a slow start, see how Southern Lab girls ran away with a semifinal win
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A slow start was no problem for top-seeded Southern Lab.

The Kittens trailed in the first quarter and led by only seven at halftime.

Southern Lab upped its defensive intensity, ultimately forcing 34 turnovers in a 54-23 victory over No. 4 Sacred Heart-Ville Platte in a Division IV select semifinal that helped highlight Tuesday’s action at the LHSAA Girls Basketball tournament.

“Northwood-Lena Friday … let’s go,” Southern Lab coach Quinna Chaney said as she drummed on the table at the postgame news conference. “Let’s go … let’s talk about.”

With the win, the Kittens (27-7) advance to face Northwood (19-12) in a the Division IV select final rematch set for 2 p.m. Friday at Southeastern Louisiana’s University Center. Northwood beat Hamilton Christian 48-41 in Tuesday’s first game. A year ago, the Gators came from behind to beat the Kittens 54-51 in overtime in the final.

There was, of course, no chance for overtime Tuesday. Southern Lab made sure of that by outscoring Sacred Heart (26-6) by a 37-13 margin in the second half.

Kinsley James scored a game-high 13 points for SLHS, with Asia Patin and Jamya Cain chipping in 11 points each. No player for SHVP scored in double figures.

“It was about playing the game at our pace, not their pace,” James, a BRCC signee, said.

Patin added, “We are are fast-paced team … we can’t play their style. We had to keep pushing.”

Despite making just three of 10 shots from the field, the Kittens led 9-6 after the first quarter. Sacred Heart scored first points of the game and led 6-2 after a putback by Alyssa Brignac with 3:15 remaining.

But the Trojans did not score again. James’ 3-pointer from the left wing with 14.4 seconds to go put SLHS up by three.

Southern Lab scored six of the first eight points in the second quarter. A putback by James, who scored 11 first-half points, put the Kittens ahead 17-8 at the 2:17 mark. SLHS led seven at halftime.

The Kittens did not come out of the locker room at halftime until there was less than a minute left before play resumed. Asked about what she told her team, Chaney noted, “Basically, I told them we needed to come out and play the way we know how to play.”

Gabriell Hill opened the third quarter with a floater in the lane after a steal by Patin. From there, Southern Lab scored 13 third-quarter points off turnovers and eight on putbacks. The Kittens added 10 fourth-quarter points off turnovers.

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