LEESVILLE – Behind 20 points from forward Trace Williams, Hicks was crowned the champions of the parish.

The Pirates came up with big free throws down the stretch to defeat Leesville 68-64 in double overtime in the finals of the Vernon Parish Tournament.

"I thought we played really well, especially in the first half," Hicks head coach Neil Standifer said. "We came out really patient and did a good job getting a lead. In the second half, they came back and made a run. We held our composure through double overtime and came out with the win."

Hicks led 25-17 at the half, but Leesville tied it up at the end of the third quarter on a layup by Jamille Cannon.

With 3:23 left in regulation, Leesville guard Seginald Bryant converted on a layup to give Leesville its first lead since the opening minute of the game.

"From the second half on, our effort was tremendous," Leesville head coach Troy Grigg said. "They played hard and together as a team. Unfortunately, the first half we didn't. That is the major deciding factor in the outcome of this game.

"I told them at halftime that we need to come together as a team and quit fighting amongst ourselves about helping out here or there."

Hicks forward Trey Norris hit a layup with 17 seconds left in the fourth quarter to put the Pirates up 3, but Cannon hit a 3-pointer in the corner with five seconds remaining to force overtime.

The full-court pressure of Leesville took over to start overtime, as Carloe Sepulvado recorded two steals and two layups to put the Wampus Cats up four.

"We did a pretty good job with their press," Standifer said. "A lot of it was mental errors, but for the most part, we handled it well. Even in the late stages, we were able to withstand the pressure to get good shots or to the foul line."

Hicks guard Zach Harper hit two free throws with 10 second left in the first overtime to tie it up 58, and Leesville was unable get the game-winner to fall as they went to double overtime.

With 38 seconds left in the second overtime, Sepulavado tied it up with a layup, but Hicks hits four free throws in the final 24 seconds – as Leesville was unable to register a point – to seal the win.

"Even though they are missing football players, they are a very good team," Standifer said. "They're very athletic. We knew going in that it was going to be a battle, but we got the job done."

Mitchell Kinchen scored 17 for Hicks, and Norris recorded 14, while Zach Harper notched 11 points.

Sepulvado led Leesville with 24 points and Cannon and Bryant each scored 14.

"I have a number of guys that any given night can be the high scorer and lead the team," Grigg said. "There are a number of them. You can look at my first four that start out of the five and one off the bench that can. We just have to play together as a team and let the game come to you instead of forcing it.

"They're young men that every now and then, they are going to force stuff. As long as they can see it afterward and understand that they are forcing it, we are going to be alright."

Girls Championship

Anacoco 55, Hicks 24

Anacoco: Ellie MacDonald11, Kayley Procell 12, Cally Hooks 17, Payton Miller 10

Hicks: Lauren Quinn 14

Girls Consultation

Pitkin 42, Rosepine 36

Pitkin: Shelby Lentz 20

Rosepine: Trinity Walker 12, Laken Stephens 10

Boys Consultation

Hornbeck 79, Pickering 71

Hornbeck: Cooper Smith 27, Micah Crittenden 13, Grady Mitcham 15, Trace Nicholas 11Jaren Mitcham 10

Pickering: DeShawn Jackson 16, Zion Barrett 14, Xavier Evans 11, Glenn Anderson 10, Keddric Cook 12

ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM

Boys

Pickering – DeShawn Jackson

Pitkin – Garrett Edwards

Leesville – Jamille Cannon

Hicks – Austin Merchant

Simpson – Cameron Bettez

Hicks – Trace Williams – Tournament MVP

Girls

Anacoco – Payton Miller

Hicks – Lauren Quinn

Evans – Riley Haus 

Simpson – Ally Berry 

Leesville – Jairielle James 

Anacoco – Cally Hooks – Tournament MVP