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Six of eight playoff parish teams heading into season’s final week
, staff@fgazette.com
02-08-2018

Only two of eight high school
basketball teams in Union Parish
absolutely won’t make it into the
playoffs, while one other is precariously
close to falling off the
bubble and out of the bracket for
postseason play.
LHSAA District 2-3A
At press time Tuesday, all six
teams in District 2-3A were qualified
for the playoffs through the
LHSAA power ranking system,
with five of the teams in the top
half of the bracket, which would
provide home games in the first
round of the Allstate/Sugar Bowl
LHSAA Basketball Playoffs. Power
rankings for district teams are
as follows: Wossman – 4; Carroll
5; Union Parish 7; Richwood 11;
Madison 16; and Sterlington 28.
District 5-3A – between Lafayette
and Lake Charles – has as many
teams currently seeded to make the
postseason. The average seed of
the teams from 2-3A is 11.8, while
the average from 5-3A is 22.7.
The Farmers split a pair of
district contests last week. Richwood
avenged an earlier loss at
Union Parish with a 55-48 win
on its home floor. UPHS swept its
pair of games against Sterlington,
with a 64-48 win last week at
home. They wrap up their district
schedule this week with contests
against teams who took the first
game in their home-and-home
series with the Farmers, playing
at Wossman on Tuesday and hosts
Carroll on Friday. Wossman beat
the Farmers 66-59 on Jan. 19, and
the Bulldogs gave them their
worst defeat of the season in an
80-52 game on Jan. 23.
Five of the six teams in the girls’
district are currently qualified for
the playoffs, with Union Parish
on the outside looking in as the
33rd seed. Carroll is seeded 4th,
Wossman is 9th, Madison is 11th,
Richwood is 13th and Sterlington
sits at 21. The Lady Farmers are
at Wossman on Tuesday and entertain
Carroll on Friday and would
need to win at least one of those
games to qualify for the playoffs.
LHSAA District 1-2A
Four of the five teams in District
2-3A with D’Arbonne Woods
Charter School are currently qualified
for the playoffs. Both Lakeside
as the 28th seed and Mansfield at
29 are close to falling out of the
bracket. North Caddo is currently
the second seed in Class 2A and
Calvary Baptist is the ninth seed
in Division III. The Timberwolves
saw their losing streak reach 10
games after dropping decisions to
Mansfield and Lakeside last week.
Seeded 45th 48 teams in Class 2A,
they’ll be playing for pride as they
travel to North Caddo on Tuesday
in their district finale and host
Lakeview (in their final game of
the season on Friday.)
Four of the five girls teams in
1-2A are seeded high enough going
into play this week to qualify for
the postseason. North Caddo sits
atop the power rankings as the
one seed, followed by Mansfield
at seventh with D’Arbonne Woods
close to the bubble as the 30th seed.
Calvary is the 12th seed in Division
III. The Lady Timberwolves have
face a tall task as they close out
their schedule at home Tuesday at
North Caddo, who beat them by 56
points on January 19.
LHSAA District 1-C
All three teams are currently
qualified. Summerfield is the
top seeded team in the classification,
with Gibsland-Coleman
the seventh seed at Downsville
Community Charter at 20th. After
a non-district game at Central of
Jonesville on Monday, the Demons
take on top-ranked Summerfield on
the road Tuesday before closing out
the season with three non-district
games.
Each team in the girls bracket
is currently seeded to advance to
the playoffs. Summerfield as the
third seed in the classification,
with Gibsland-Coleman at 16th and
Downsville as the 23rd seed. The
Lady Demons, who have actually
lost 20 consecutive games on the
court, picked up their second forfeit
in the last four games on Friday
as New Living Word disbanded
its girls’ team earlier this season.
They take a break from district
play traveling to Jonesville to take
on Central on Monday before playing
at Summerfield on Tuesday.
MAIS District 5-1A
Union Christian has secured
a place in the MAIS South State
Tournament which will be played
next week in Learned, Miss. Wins
against Tallulah and Briarfield last
week saw the Lions finish unbeaten
in District 5-1A play.
The Lady Lions dropped both
games last week and finished 1-9
in district play and did not qualify
for the South State Tournament.

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