The Lady Colts (13-13) took on the Deer Creek Lady Warriors (20-5) and the Colts battled with the Greenville Christian Saints.
The Colts played a great game and defeated the Saints 48-46 to win the District 2-A Championship. The Lady Colts got off to a good start, but could not finish as the Lady Warriors won the contest 37-28.
In boy's action the Colts found themselves trailing throughout the night as Greenville Christian showed great patience against the Bayou zone defense.
The Saints led the Colts 13-9 after the first quarter and 29-21 at halftime. As the game fell into the fourth quarter, Greenville Christian led Bayou 40-32.
In the fourth Bayou head coach Winn Scott made an adjustment and went from zone to man-to-man.
"We changed to man defense because they wanted to hold it out on the zone. When we changed to man we got them out of their game," said Scott.
The defense from Bayou was so strong that they held Greenville Christian scoreless for the first four minutes of the fourth quarter.
During that span Bayou managed to score eight points, with Caleb Pilgrim scoring five of those points to tie the game at 40-40.
Two free throws from Greenville Christian increased the lead to 42-40, but with 3:22 left in the game Tyler Kitchings made two free throws to tie the game up at 42-42.
The Saints responded with a basket for a 44-42 lead, but Payton Aldridge answered with a big three-point basket with 1:00 on the clock to give Bayou a 45-44 lead.
"That three by Peyton Aldridge changed the momentum of the game," said Scott.
Down the stretch, Bayou managed to hit 3-of-6 free throws to secure the victory. Greenville made 2-of-3 from the charity stripe in the last minute, but it wasn’t enough as Bayou held on for the 48-46 victory.
"I told my kids to keep fighting. I knew we could beat them on the boards because we were bigger. We had to start playing our game and not there's," said Scott.
Michael Portner led Bayou with 13 points and was named Tournament Most Valuable Player. Pilgrim finished with 11 points and was named to the All-Tournament Team. Tyler Kitchings had 10 points in the win. Bayou's Grey Clark also made the All-Tournament Team.
In girl's action the Lady Colts were doing all the right things as they led the Lady Warriors 16-11 at halftime.
In the third quarter the Lady Colts led 19-13, but Deer Creek close the gap by scoring the last four points of the quarter to go into the fourth quarter down 19-17.
Deer Creek continued to play well in the second half as they outscored Bayou 20-9 in the quarter.
The big story for Deer Creek was the play of Haley Hobart who was scoreless in the first half, but scored all 11 of her points in the second half. Christin Manor finished the night leading the Lady Warriors with 12 points.
Anna Grace Cummins and Caroline Salley led Bayou with eight points each.
Cummins and Taylor Ann Bailey were named to the All-Tournament Team.
In Friday’s semifinal action, the Bayou Academy Lady Colts defeated the Strider Academy Lady Rams 61-49 in girl's action, while the Bayou Academy Colts defeated the Deer Creek School Warriors 39-25.
In the girls game, the Lady Colts trailed 27-23 at halftime, but they outscored the Lady Warriors 38-22 in the second half.
Anna Grace Cummins led the Lady Colts with 22 points, followed by Taylor Ann Bailey with 21 points and Haley Sbravati with 11 points.
In the boys game, Michael Portner and Caleb Pilgrim scored nine points each to lead the Colts, followed by Tyler Kitchings with eight.
Both the Colts and Lady Colts will playing in the North A State Tournament on Wednesday. The Colts will play DeSoto at 7:45 p.m., while the Lady Colts will play Tunica at 6:30 p.m. at Delta Academy