UPDATED: 14 area teams qualify for state basketball playoffs



Each season, every high school basketball team dreams of making a run to a state championship.

But only a select few will get that opportunity each season.

On Friday, 14 area teams found out that they will have a chance to make that dream a reality, as the Louisiana High School Athletic Association released playoff brackets in all classes for boys and girls basketball.

Locally, eight boys teams and six girls teams earned a spot in the state playoffs.

The bi-district playoff matchups are:

BOYS

CLASS 5A

--No. 26 South Lafourche at No. 7 Natchitoches-Central, 7 p.m. Tuesday

--No. 27 H.L. Bourgeois at No. 6 Westgate,7 p.m. Monday

--No. 30 Terrebonne at No. 3 Airline, 7 p.m. Tuesday

CLASS 4A

--No. 24 Belaire at No. 9 Vandebilt Catholic, 4 p.m. Monday (tentative)

--No. 20 Plaquemine at No. 13 Ellender, 7 p.m. Tuesday

CLASS 3A

--No. 26 Caldwell Parish at No. 7 E.D. White Catholic, 6 p.m. Tuesday

--No. 30 St. James at No. 3 Carroll, 7 p.m. Tuesday

CLASS 1A

--No. 22 Mt. Hermon at No. 11 Houma Christian

GIRLS

CLASS 5A

--No. 21 Terrebonne at No. 12 Sulphur, 7 p.m. Monday

CLASS 4A

--No. 31 Tara at No. 2 Vandebilt Catholic, 1 p.m. Monday

--No. 21 Washington-Marion at No. 12 Assumption, 6 p.m. Monday

--No. 23 Ellender at No. 10 Beau Chene, 6:30 p.m. Monday

CLASS 3A

--No. 30 E.D. White Catholic at No. 3 St. James, 7 p.m. Monday

Bi-district playoff games must be completed by Monday for the girls and Tuesday for the boys. The playoff’s regional round must be completed by Feb. 24 in the boys and girls brackets. The quarterfinals must be completed by Feb. 27 for the girls and Feb. 28 for the boys.

Under the LHSAA’s new playoff format for all classes, the boys and girls semifinal games will be played from March 1-3 at three locations — Southeastern Louisiana University’s University Center in Hammond, University of Louisiana-Monroe’s Fant-Ewing Coliseum in Monroe and the Lake Charles Civic Center.

The boys and girls state championship games will be played from March 8-10 at Louisiana Tech University’s Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston.