ALEXANDRIA – Despite a slow start, Hicks rebounded to earn a shot at its first state title in 22 years.
Behind 25 points from Rivers Day, the Lady Pirates defeated Zwolle 58-49 Wednesday afternoon at Rapides Parish Coliseum in Alexandria.
Hicks led 21-20 at halftime, and although it had the lead, was still having trouble getting into a rhythm.
"At halftime, we talked about getting back to doing what we do and what we've done all year," Hicks head coach Mike Charrier said. "We were playing a little bit on our heels, and they started being more aggressive and attacking. We got beat on the boards in the first half."
The Lady Pirates opened up the second half on a 8-2 run to go up 29-22, but Zwolle tied it up at 34 later in the quarter.
Day answered with back-to-back 3 to put Hicks ahead soon after. Day went 5-for-7 from behind the arc and 10-for-12 from the field.
"I had a lot to play for," she said. "It really kept me motivated.
"During warmups, I was thinking that I have to make a shot. I have to do it. I was missing everything in warmups, and when I shot the first 3, I was like, 'OK, I'm feeling it.'"
The Lady Pirates put the game to bed at the start of the fourth, going on a 12-0 run to lead 55-39.
With 50 seconds remaining, Chloe Wilbanks hit a pair of free throws to seal the win, and Hicks will play for the Class B Championship on Saturday.
"It meant a lot to me," Wilbanks said. "Like Coach said, we worked hard to get here, so we knew what was on the line. We kept pushing toward the goal."
Quinn and Wilbanks each added 14 for the Lady Pirates in the win.
"We've had games where we have seven different girls hit 3s," Charrier said. "It's like a box of chocolates, you never know which one you're going to get.
"They're very unselfish. You hear 'one more' all the time. They're looking not to just get a good shot but create a great shot for a teammate."