Carolyn Roy | News Editor
Three local boys basketball teams start their way to the State playoffs this week with an eye on LHSAA Marsh Madness Feb. 28-March 5 at the Cajundome in Lafayette.
The St. Mary’s Tigers were first out in regional when they traveled to Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau Wednesday, Feb. 23. St. Mary’s entered the regional playoffs ranked ninth in Division IV with a power ranking of 30.87. The Tigers ended the regular season with a record of 14-11.
Sacred Heart entered the playoffs at number 8 with a record of 17-13.
Lakeview enters the playoffs ranked No. 1 in Bi-District 2A with a regular season record of 26-4 and power rating of 41.34. The Gators will host Morris Jeff Community Friday in the Swamp a Lakeview. Morris Jeff is a public charter school on Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans.
Other pairings on Friday include West St. Mary(17) at Avoyelles Public Charter (16); Welsh (24) at Jonesboro-Hodge (9); Lake Arthur (25) at Oakdale (8); Jeanerette (38) at Amite (5); General Trass (21) at St. Helena and Career College (12); Pine (20) at Many (13); Ferriday (29) at Madison (4); Vinton (30) at Rayville (3); Rapides (19) at Red River (14); East Feliciana (22) at Avoyelles (12); Sarah T. Reed (27) at French Settlement (6); North Caddo (26) at Franklin (7); Loreauville (23) at Winnfield (10); Springfield (18) at Doyle (15); Pickering (31) at Port Allen 2.
The Natchitoches Central High School Chiefs enter the Bi-District playoffs at No. 3 when they host Denham Springs Friday. The Chiefs ended the regular season with a record of 23-7 compared to the Denham Springs record of 20-12. The Natchitoches Central power rating was 39.23.
Other pairings on Friday in 5A include Fountainebleau (32) at Zachary (1); Airline (17) at Mandeville (16); St. Amant (24) at Destrehan (9); Acadiana (28) at Ouachita Parish (5); Ponchatoula (21) at Southside (5); Sulphur (20) at Barbe (13); Sam Houston (29) at New Iberia (4); Dutchtown (30) at Ruston (3); Hahnville (19) at East Ascension (14); Bonnabel )22) at Northshore (11); Lvse oak (27) at Captain Shreve (6); Pineville (26) at Walker (7); Southwood (23) at West Monroe (10); West Jefferson (18) at East St. John (15); and East Jefferson (31) at Alexandria (2).