Prep Basketball Report


GAMES OF THE WEEK

It's playoff time!

Fourteen local boys and girls high school basketball teams will begin hopeful roads deep into the postseason when the playoffs start this week.

The action starts today with first-round playoff games.

In boys action, No. 27 H.L. Bourgeois will travel to face No. 6 Westgate in New Iberia at 7 tonight.

The two District 7-5A rivals split their district meetings this season.

On the girls side, No. 31 Tara will travel to No. 2 Vandebilt Catholic at 1 p.m., No. 21 Washington-Marion will play No. 12 Assumption at 6 p.m., No. 23 Ellender is at No. 10 Beau Chene at 6:30 p.m., No. 21 Terrebonne heads to No. 12 Sulphur at 7 p.m. and No. 30 E.D. White Catholic will travel to No. 3 St. James in a battle of District 7-3A rivals at 7 p.m.

The action continues on Tuesday with seven boys first-round playoff games.

In Class 5A, No. 26 South Lafourche travels to No. 7 Natchitoches-Central at 7 p.m., and No. 30 Terrebonne plays No. 3 Airline at 7 p.m.

In Class 4A, No. 20 Plaquemine heads to No. 13 Ellender at 7 p.m., and No. 24 Belaire meets No. 9 Vandebilt Catholic at 7 p.m.

In Class 3A, No. 7 E.D. White Catholic hosts No. 26 Caldwell Parish at 7 p.m., while No. 30 St. James travels to No. 3 Carroll at 7 p.m.

In Class 1A, No. 22 Mt. Hermon will play No. 11 Houma Christian at Terrebonne High at 7 p.m.

Bi-district playoff games must be completed by today for the girls and Tuesday for the boys. The playoff's regional round must be completed by Friday 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.

 

BOYS AND GIRLS TEAMS OF THE WEEK

This honor goes out to all 14 boys and girls basketball teams for the local area that qualfied to the playoffs.

 

STARS OF THE WEEK

-- Assumption's Jasmin Mills led the Lady Mustangs with a game-high 15 points in Tuesday's special playoff game against Ellender.

-- Ellender's Cameron Parfait sparked the Patriots with a game-high 19 points against Comeaux on Monday.

-- Thibodaux's Darius Coleman paced the Tigers with 16 points in their win over South Lafourche on Monday.

-- H.L. Bourgeois' Marlin Bonvillain scored 20 points for the Braves in their regular season loss to Westgate on Monday.

-- Houma Christian's Nate Frye scored 21 points in the Warriors loss to St. Martin's on Monday.

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I thought we played with a lot of energy though the whole game. We've played up and down all year, but they never quit. We've been in every game in the second round (of district play), we've had chances to win every game. We just didn't finish games. It wasn't until last week against Central (Lafourche) that we learned how to finish a game," — Thibodaux girls coach Damon Robinson said after the Lady Tigers defeated South Lafourche, 50-42, in their regular-season finale on Monday.

 

— Chris Singleton/Sports Writer