Simpson won its 15th game of the year behind a big second half after making adjustments on defense.

The Broncos outscored the Tigers 25-7 in the second half as they won their first round matchup of the Vernon Parish Tournament at Hornbeck High School.

"We had a couple of halftime adjustments, and they had some good shooters that were hot early on," Jade Losavio said. "We wanted to limit their touches to make them easier to defend. We finally turned it around on offense and we got a lot of and-1s when we were attacking the basket."

Pitkin trailed by just three points at halftime with its outside shooting, hitting five 3-pointers in the second half.

"Playing so many games in tournaments, it's hard to get in the gym and practice shooting," Pitkin coach Jake Greene said. "When they shoot it with confidence, they can really put it in. We've had a kid make seven in a game another make eight in a game. When they see one go in, they really get that confidence."

In the third quarter, Simpson (15-3) found success in the paint, hitting six layups and getting to the line four times.

"I tell them that we want to be the first team to get to the bonus by attacking the rim," Losavio said. "We wanted to score 2s every time instead of relying on 3s so much.

"Bettez hit some open shots and we had some good looks. We are an inside-out team."

The Broncos had four players in double figures, led by Tanner Yates (18) and Landon Hall (14.) Cameron Bettez hits four 3-pointers for 12 points, while Dustin Williams added 10.

Pitkin (7-11) was unable to keep up the offensive efficiency as Simpson made its run.

"We came out and tried to switch up our defense and we had a lack of communication," Greene said. "They ran some set plays and we didn't talk through it. They got some easy buckets. When you're playing a good team, you can't hang your head for a second. We felt sorry for ourselves and they took advantage."

Simpson outscored Pitkin 13-12 in the fourth quarter to seal the win as it advances to the second round of the tournament.

Pitkin was led by Garrett Edwards' 15 points and Gavin Schoener added 10 for the Eagles.