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Lady Spartans advance to Class 5A basketball state championship game over Zachary

ALEXANDRIA – East Ascension High School advanced to the Class 5A state championship game with a 61-41 semifinal victory over Zachary Thursday night at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Girls Basketball Tournament in Rapides Parish Coliseum.

The Lady Spartans (23-2), coached by Dennis Chandler and seeded No. 8, advance to the championship game for the first time in school history and will play ninth seeded Natchitoches Central, who defeated Captain Shreve in the semifinals, for the title Saturday at 6 p.m.