Prep playoffs get under way for several Tri-parish teams

Vandebilt pounds Lutcher; moves to finals
February 19, 2013
Chinese-T’bonne connection expanding
February 19, 2013
Vandebilt pounds Lutcher; moves to finals
February 19, 2013
Chinese-T’bonne connection expanding
February 19, 2013

The prep basketball playoffs are officially under way in the Tri-parish area.

Several local teams earned the right to extend their seasons this week when the LHSAA announced both the boys’ and girls’ brackets.

First-round action for each gender was played Monday and Tuesday nights with scores unavailable at press-time.

In Class 5A, both South Lafourche and H.L. Bourgeois needed to win road games to survive.

The Tarpons earned the No. 27 seed in the 32-team field and traveled to play No. 6 New Iberia. The Braves got into the field as the No. 23-seed and took on No. 10 Ruston.

New Iberia and South Lafourche are not strangers to one another.

The Yellow Jackets have beaten the Tarpons two times this season – both home and away.

The last meeting between the teams was decided by just seven points in Galliano.

On the girls’ side, both Terrebonne and Thibodaux advanced to postseason play.

Houma’s Lady Tigers earned the No. 27-seed and took on No. 6 Sulphur, while Lafourche’s Lady Tigers seeded No. 23 and took on No. 10 Scotlandville.

In Class 4A, the Vandebilt boys are going to be out for revenge in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Terriers earned the No. 14-seed and played No. 19 Helen Cox – a team that beat them by more than 20 points during the regular season.

Ellender also earned a spot in the field – taking home the No. 23-seed. The Patriots traveled across Louisiana and played a road game against No. 10 Opelousas.

On the girls’ side of 4A, the same two teams advanced to the playoffs.

The powerful Lady Terriers enter the postseason as one of the favorites to win the state championship with the No. 3-seed. They took on No. 30 West Ouachita in the opening round.

Ellender earned the No. 17 seed and took on No. 16 Broadmoor on the road.

If the Lady Patriots win, they will likely host No. 1 Warren Easton in the second round.

Warren Easton is considered by most to be the favorites to win the state championship in the 4A field.

They already own a 20-plus-point victory against Vandebilt this season.

In 3A, just one team will represent the Tri-parish area in both the boys’ and girls’ brackets – both as the No. 7 seed.

On the boys’ side, Patterson looked to stay hot Tuesday when they hosted No. 26 Green Oaks.

E.D. White’s girls roared through the regular season to earn one of the top seeds in 3A. The Lady Cardinals hosted No. 26 Erath on Monday night.

In 1A, Central Catholic is one of the favorites to win it all on both sides of the bracket.

The Eagles enter the boys’ bracket as the No. 2-seed. They took on No. 31 Tensas last night.

The Lady Eagles earned the No. 4-seed and hosted No. 29 Delhi Charter on Monday night.

Both Houma Christian’s boys and girls also reached the playoffs in 1A.

The Warriors scored the No. 8-seed and hosted No. 25 Montgomery at E.D. White last night.

The Lady Warriors earned the final spot in Class 1A and faced a stiff challenge on Monday when they took on No. 1 West St. John.

If successful in the opening round, the second round of postseason play will be held in the back-half of this week.

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Thibodaux guard Eris Stove drives the ball into the defense during a game this season. The Lady Tigers are one of many Tri-parish playoff teams. Thibodaux earned the No. 23 seed in the Class 5A playoff bracket.