Liberty High School Triumphs in Hannan High School Basketball Tournament

Published 11:47 am Sunday, December 24, 2023

HANNAN, La. — In a showcase of young basketball talent, Liberty High School clinched the championship title in a closely contested game against Mandeville, winning 56-51 at the Hannan High School tournament, which concluded on Dec. 23.

Liberty’s Whitney Hart was instrumental in her team’s victory, scoring 21 points in the final game and being named the Most Outstanding Player. Alongside Hart, Kaysharia Woods and Quiana Lavergne from Liberty shared a spot on the All-Tournament Team, highlighting their significant contributions.

Representing Mandeville on the All-Tournament Team was Alanna Benoit, whose consistent high-scoring games, including 16 points in the semi-final, were pivotal for her team’s runner-up finish.

Northshore took third place in the tournament, with Cherie Spencer’s impressive performance earning her a place on the All-Tournament Team. Dominican won the consolation bracket, with Kalie Tu representing them on the All-Tournament Team, thanks to her standout play.

The tournament started with an exciting start as Pine defeated Loranger 44-33. A. Phelps led Pine with 14 points, while Loranger’s top scorer was Cameron Covert with 10 points. This game set the stage for the intense competition that followed.

Mandeville displayed their dominance early with a resounding 78-20 victory over Kenner Discovery. Mandeville’s Hannah Benoit led the scoring with an impressive 21 points, while C. Alexander was the top scorer for Kenner Discovery with 11 points.

In another closely fought battle, Chapelle edged out Hammond 29-25. Kaylee Dublin and Madison Vaught were key players for Chapelle, scoring 9 and 7 points, respectively, while Jones led Hammond with 10 points.

Host team Hannan demonstrated strength with a commanding 55-19 win over Bogalusa. McKenna Sinon’s 21-point game for Hannan was a highlight, alongside Maren Baham’s 10 points.

On the second tournament day, Liberty defeated Lakeshore 60-16 in the second round. Whitney Hart’s 32 points were a tournament highlight, showcasing her skills that eventually earned her the Most Outstanding Player title.

Mandeville continued their strong performance in the semi-finals, overpowering Chapelle 54-27. Alanna Benoit’s 16 points were instrumental in securing their place in the final.

In addition to the main matches, several other games were notable for their competitive spirit and individual performances. Northshore’s win over Chapelle for third place, Dominican’s victory in the consolation round, and the impressive showings in other bracket games all contributed to the tournament’s excitement.

As the tournament concluded, the performances of players like Hart, Benoit, Sinon, and others provided thrilling basketball action and highlighted the depth of talent in regional high school basketball. The event showcased athletic prowess and fostered a spirit of sportsmanship and community among the participating teams.

 

  • Game 1: Pine vs. Loranger
    • Date: Dec. 21
    • Score: Pine 44, Loranger 33
    • Leading Scorers: A. Phelps (Pine) 14, Cameron Covert (Loranger) 10
  • Game 2: Mandeville vs. Kenner Discovery
    • Date: Dec. 21
    • Score: Mandeville 78, Kenner Discovery 20
    • Leading Scorers: Hannah Benoit (Mandeville) 21, C. Alexander (Kenner Discovery) 11
  • Game 3: Chapelle vs. Hammond
    • Date: Dec. 21
    • Score: Chapelle 29, Hammond 25
    • Leading Scorers: Kaylee Dublin (Chapelle) 9, Jones (Hammond) 10
  • Game 4: Hannan vs. Bogalusa
    • Date: Dec. 21
    • Score: Hannan 55, Bogalusa 19
    • Leading Scorers: McKenna Sinon (Hannan) 21, W. Pam (Bogalusa) 6
  • Game 6: Northshore vs. Mt. Carmel
    • Date: Dec. 21
    • Score: Northshore 42, Mt. Carmel 33
    • Leading Scorers: Graham (Northshore) 13, Fowler (Mt. Carmel) 15
  • Game 7: Dominican vs. Lakeshore
    • Date: Dec. 21
    • Score: Lakeshore 44, Dominican 36
    • Leading Scorers: K. Tu (Dominican) 20, O. Turkin (Lakeshore) 16
  • Game 8: Fontainebleau vs. Parkview Baptist
    • Date: Dec. 21
    • Score: Fontainebleau 46, Parkview Baptist 41
    • Leading Scorers: I. Chevalier (Fontainebleau) 18, Ad. Bernhard (Parkview Baptist) 18
  • Game 9: Liberty vs. Lakeshore
    • Date: Dec. 22
    • Score: Liberty 60, Lakeshore 16
    • Leading Scorers: Whitney Hart (Liberty) 32, Myiah Flournoy (Lakeshore) 6
  • Game 10: Northshore vs. Fontainebleau
    • Date: Dec. 22
    • Score: Northshore 43, Fontainebleau 33
    • Leading Scorers: Cherie Spencer (Northshore) 26, I. Chevalier (Fontainebleau) 11
  • Game 11: Pine vs. Mandeville
    • Date: Dec. 22
    • Score: Mandeville 60, Pine 37
    • Leading Scorers: Alanna Benoit (Mandeville) 21, A. Thomas (Pine) 17
  • Game 12: Chapelle vs. Hannan
    • Date: Dec. 22
    • Score: Chapelle 42, Hannan 37
    • Leading Scorers: Madison Vaught (Chapelle) 10, McKenna Sinon (Hannan) 14
  • Game 14: Loranger vs. Kenner Discovery
    • Date: Dec. 22
    • Score: Loranger 52, Kenner Discovery 28
    • Leading Scorers: Kenli Reid (Loranger) 12, C. Alexander (Kenner Discovery) 10
  • Game 15: Mt. Carmel vs. Parkview Baptist
    • Date: Dec. 22
    • Score: Parkview Baptist 38, Mt. Carmel 28
    • Leading Scorers: Fowler (Mt. Carmel) 15, Richerson (Parkview Baptist) 19
  • Game 16: Hammond vs. Bogalusa
    • Date: Dec. 22
    • Score: Hammond 44, Bogalusa 12
    • Leading Scorers: J. Francis (Hammond) 17, J. Godbolt (Bogalusa) 8
  • Game 19: Lakeshore vs. Fontainebleau
    • Date: Dec. 23
    • Score: Fontainebleau 59, Lakeshore 27
    • Leading Scorers: Chevalier (Fontainebleau) 17, Flournoy (Lakeshore) 9
  • Game 20: Pine vs. Hannan
    • Date: Dec. 23
    • Score: Pine 60, Hannan 54
    • Leading Scorers: A. Thomas (Pine) 17, McKenna Sinon (Hannan) 17
  • Game 21: Dominican vs. Parkview Baptist (Consolation Semi)
    • Date: Dec. 23
    • Score: Dominican 53, Parkview Baptist 49
    • Leading Scorers: K. Tu (Dominican) 20, Richerson (Parkview Baptist) 15
  • Game 22: Loranger vs. Hammond (Consolation Semi)
    • Date: Dec. 23
    • Score: Hammond 54, Loranger 46
    • Leading Scorers: Miller (Loranger) 15, Francis (Hammond) 14
  • Game 23: Liberty vs. Northshore (Semi Final)
    • Date: Dec. 23
    • Score: Liberty 62, Northshore 44
    • Leading Scorers: W. Hart (Liberty) 30, C. Spencer (Northshore) 25
  • Game 24: Mandeville vs. Chapelle (Semi Final)
    • Date: Dec. 23
    • Score: Mandeville 54, Chapelle 27
    • Leading Scorers: A. Benoit (Mandeville) 16, A. Stein (Chapelle) 7
  • Game 26: Lakeshore vs. Hannan (7th Place)
    • Date: Dec. 23
    • Score: Hannan 58, Lakeshore 50
    • Leading Scorers: Cecilia Travers (Hannan) 18, Flournoy (Lakeshore) 19
  • Game 27: Parkview Baptist vs. Loranger (11th Place)
    • Date: Dec. 23
    • Score: Parkview Baptist 60, Loranger 38
    • Leading Scorers: Ad. Bernhard (Parkview Baptist) 23, Covert (Loranger) 11
  • Game 28: Mt. Carmel vs. Kenner Discovery (13th Place)
    • Date: Dec. 23
    • Score: Mt. Carmel 55, Kenner Discovery 18
    • Leading Scorers: Killian (Mt. Carmel) 17, C. Alexander (Kenner Discovery) 7
  • Game 29: Fontainebleau vs. Pine (5th Place)
    • Date: Dec. 23
    • Score: Pine 60, Fontainebleau 54
    • Leading Scorers: A. Thomas (Pine) 19, Chevalier (Fontainebleau) 13
  • Game 30: Dominican vs. Hammond (Consolation)
    • Date: Dec. 23
    • Score: Dominican 50, Hammond 43
    • Leading Scorers: Mitchell (Dominican) 16, Francis (Hammond) 24
  • Game 31: Northshore vs. Chapelle (3rd Place)
    • Date: Dec. 23
    • Score: Northshore 34, Chapelle 27
    • Leading Scorers: Spencer (Northshore) 17, Dublin (Chapelle) 14
  • Game 32: Liberty vs. Mandeville (Championship)
    • Date: Dec. 23
    • Score: Liberty 56, Mandeville 51
    • Leading Scorers: W. Hart (Liberty) 21, A. Benoit (Mandeville) 18

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