Lakeview’s title dreams washed away by Amite


By LaMar Gafford
For the third straight season, Lakeview’s playoff run ends just shy of the Class 2A championship game.
The Gators fell in the Class 2A semifinals when they lost to No. 5-seed Amite, 73-69, in Burton Coliseum on Thursday.
Lakeview senior Javonte Howard led the way with 25 points, eight rebounds and going 5-for-7 beyond the 3-point arc, but it did not recover from a 16-point halftime deficit.

This article published in the March 17, 2022, print edition.

“At halftime, that was the whole talk,” Gators coach Brian Williams said. “At halftime, I said that we had to play as a team and the second half was totally different, but when you dig yourself a hole in the Top 28, you have to be a heck of a team to get out of that hole.”
The Gators led 8-2 to open the game, but Amite had other plans as it countered with an 15-0 run to close the first quarter. The Warriors then went on an 11-2 run to push its lead to 17 – the biggest lead of the ballgame.
Lakeview (29-5) opened the second half with a 6-0 run, but did not get it into double-digits until late in the fourth quarter as Amite (29-5) continued its hot shooting.
“Getting here is not the goal, winning a ring is the goal,” Williams said. “That first half was unbelievable. We didn’t have that type of half all season long. But those bright lights – you have to humble yourself.” 
Amite compounded matters by shooting 56.4 percent from the field, hitting eight 3-pointers and going to the free-throw line 36 times – making 21 of those. As a result, the Warriors are heading to their first championship game since 1985 when they take on Port Allen at 5 p.m. Saturday.
For Williams and the Gators, he loses Howard, who averaged 16 points and seven rebounds this year, but still has Alonzo Driver (11 points per game) and Andre Sowell (13 points per game).