Ponchatoula defeats Walker to win LHSAA 5A Girls Basketball Championship

LAKE CHARLES, LA (WAFB) - Ponchatoula forced Walker into 18 first half turnovers while allowing only three baskets. The Green Wave never looked back as they captured the LHSAA 5A Girls State Championship 49-29 Saturday night in Lake Charles.

Arianna Hamilton scored a game-high 18 points for the Green Wave, whose team finished the season with a 29-3 record. Walker's Jamie Gibson was the only Wildcats player in double figures with 13 points.

The game proved to be a defensive struggle for both teams, producing 63 turnovers, 33 for Walker and 30 for the Wave. Ponchatoula's Kayla Lee added 13 points as the Green Wave stormed out to a 9-2 first quarter lead, and then later added onto it with 13 unanswered points.

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