Lady Gators turn away Live Oak to advance to championship

Peter Silas Pasqua
St. Amant’s Kaitlin McClure pump fakes Live Oak’s Brooke Morris into the air in the first half of the Lady Gators’ 39-32 semifinal victory at the Holiday Classic in the Gold Dome Monday night.

ST. AMANT?– St. Amant built a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter and held off Live Oak late for a 39-32 victory in the semifinals of the Lady Gator Holiday Classic at the Gold Dome Monday night.

The host Lady Gators advanced to the championship where they fell to Central Tuesday night. St. Amant opened the tournament with a 48-39 victory over French Settlement Monday afternoon.

Kaitlin McClure led St. Amant (12-10) with 11 points against Live Oak, while Elena Villar added 10 and Kandace Boudreaux provided six.

Brooke Morris scored a game-high 15 points for Live Oak (6-12), while Macy Levert added nine.

Morris’ floater in the lane and dish to Casey Adams for a 3-pointer on the left wing opened the contest before Kalyn Acy’s baseline drive put St. Amant on the board.

McClure and Boudreaux’s jumpers knotted it up after Morris’ layup off a steal gave the Lady Eagles a 7-2 lead. Acy’s free throw tied it 9-9 going into the second quarter after Levert’s inside bucket.

Boudreaux fed Villar inside to open the second frame. After Villar’s putback, Morris converted a lay up off a steal. Kacie Watson’s dish to Monica Wright inside cut it to 17-13 at halftime after Bria Turner fed Villar down low.

St. Amant opened the second half on a 7-0 run kick started by Boudreaux’s 3-pointer from the left wing. Acy’s putback and dish to Villar inside preceded Levert’s putback.

Turner’s 3-pointer from the left wing just before the buzzer gave the Lady Gators a 29-17 lead going into the fourth quarter after Boudreaux fed McClure for a 19-footer and Morris pulled up along the baseline.

McClure’s free throw gave St.?Amant their biggest lead 34-18 after Kourtney Gautreaux fed her off an inbounds pass.

Morris’ bank shot in transition preceded a string of free throws before she nailed a 3-pointer from the right wing fed Elizabeth Ford for another in the left corner and connected on two free throws on a 8-0 run in the closing minutes to cut it to six.

The Lady Gators trailed French Settlement 8-6 going into the second quarter before knotting it up 18-18 at halftime. St. Amant outscored the Lady Lions by 10 points in the third quarter and kept up the pace in the final frame.

McClure and Boudreaux each had 13 points, while Acy provided six and Haley Lavigne provided five.

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St. Amant's Elena Villar shoots against Live Oak.