UPDATED: 13 local teams qualify for state basketball playoffs


Making it to the state playoffs is the goal of every high school basketball team.

But each year, only a select few have an opportunity to achieve that goal.

On Thursday, 13 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, six boys teams and seven girls teams earned a spot in the state playoffs.

The bi-district playoff matchups are:

BOYS

CLASS 5A

No. 23 H.L. Bourgeois at No. 10 Ruston (6 p.m. Tuesday)

No. 27 South Lafourche at No. 6 New Iberia (7 p.m. Tuesday)

CLASS 4A

 No. 19 Helen Cox at No. 14 Vandebilt Catholic (7 p.m. Tuesday)

 No. 23 Ellender at No. 10 Opelousas (7 p.m. Tuesday)

CLASS 3A

No. 19 North Vermillion at No. 14 St. James (6:30 p.m. Tuesday)

CLASS 1A

No. 25 Montgomery vs. No. 8 Houma Christian at E.D. White Catholic High in Thibodaux (7 p.m. Tuesday)

GIRLS

CLASS 5A

No. 23 Thibodaux at No. 10 Scotlandville (6 p.m. Monday)

No. 27 Terrebonne at No. 6 Sulphur (6 p.m. Monday)

CLASS 4A

No. 30 West Ouachita at No. 3 Vandebilt Catholic (6 p.m. Monday)

No. 17 Ellender at No. 16 Broadmoor (7 p.m. Monday)

CLASS 3A

No. 26 Erath at No. 7 E.D. White Catholic (6 p.m. Monday)

No. 25 St. James at No. 8 Loyola Prep (6 p.m. Monday)

CLASS 1A

No. 32 Houma Christian at No. 1 West St. John (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. 21 for the girls and Feb. 22 for the boys. The quarterfinals must be completed by Feb. 25 for the girls and Feb. 26 for the boys.

Under the LHSAA’s playoff format for all classes, the boys and girls semifinal games will be played from Feb. 28-March 2 at three locations — Southeastern Louisiana University’s University Center in Hammond, the CenturyLink in Bossier City and the Lake Charles Civic Center.

The boys and girls state championship games will be played from March 6-9 at the University of Louisiana-Monroe’s Fant-Ewing Coliseum in Monroe.