No. 11 Parkway’s had No. 6 Sulphur’s guards locked down most of the game, so the Tors turned to its inside duo of Raegan Ojoro and Moe Patterson and rallied for a 48-44 win Monday night in the regional round of the Class 5A playoffs.
“They (Parkway) were not letting our guards (shoot),” Sulphur head coach Helen LeFevre said. “The man they were playing was not allowing us to get any of the open looks that we got in the past.
“We said that our strength is our inside right now, and we needed to go inside. We started to pound the ball inside and was able to get back into the game. We hung in there and found a way to win at the end. I felt like some of our experience paid off late in the game for us.”
Patterson had a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Ojoro had 15 points, eight rebounds and four steals.
The win puts the Tors (29-5) in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2014. Sulphur will play No. 19 Natchitoches Central (17-11), who upset two-time defending state champ and No. 3 Captain Shreve (21-5) 45-44 Monday night. Game time is set for Thursday at 6 p.m.
“It is about time (to reach quarterfinals),” LeFevre said. “Hopefully, we are not satisfied with this. Hopefully, we figure out a way to keep going.”
Early in the fourth quarter, Parkway (23-9) pushed its lead to 37-31 on a steal and layup by Sh’Diamond McKnight. But Ojoro scored six consecutive points to tie the game at 37-37 with 5:21 left. She dribbled in from the top of the key to make a layup off the glass, hit a pair of free throws and got a steal and went coast to coast.
Senior Addy Tremie didn’t match her first round haul of eight 3-pointers but the one she did make was huge. With 4:54 left in the game, she drilled a three from the corner for Sulphur’s first lead of the game.
Parkway briefly tied the game at 40-40 on a 3-pointer by McKnight, but Ojoro went 3 for 4 from the free-throw line over the next minute and a half to put Sulphur on top for good.
Sulphur never lead in the first half and started the second half down three points. The Panthers quickly pushed their lead to 29-22 early in the third quarter, but Patterson scored seven points in the quarter to keep Sulphur within striking distance. Patterson scored 12 points off of offensive rebounds.
The Panthers led by as many as nine points in the first half as Mikaylah Williams scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half. But Sulphur’s Gabby Gunter held Williams to two points in the second half.
“Gabby has been sick and running a fever, but we told her she had eight more minutes get after it and she did,” LeFevre said. “Gabby showed a lot of guts tonight.”
Parkway (23-9): Mikaylah Williams 14. Sulphur (29-5): Moe Patterson 20, Raegan Ojoro 15.