The Louisiana High School Athletic Association released the girls basketball playoff brackets on Monday with dozens of Northeastern Louisiana teams making the postseason.
The area was highlighted by a No. 1-seed (Summerfield) as well as No. 3 West Monroe in Class 5A and West Ouachita earning the ninth-seed in Class 4A, the highest for the girls basketball program in history.
West Ouachita will host No. 24 Morgan City Thursday at 6 p.m. with an admission of $7.
“The kids are happy, and we are certainly glad to host a first-round game,” West Ouachita coach Jimbo Murphy said. “We have a tough bracket and the (District 2-4A teams) are bunched together. We just have to go out and take care of business.”
Class C is home to the area’s lone top seed – No. 1 Summerfield. Summerfield will receive a first-round bye as will No. 6 Epps.
Claiborne Christian will be the No. 16-seed and host No. 17 Northside Christian. New Living Word drew the No. 12-seed and will host No. 21 Gibsland-Coleman while No. 15 Sicily Island hosts No. 18 Kilbourne.
In Class B, No. 8 Westo n hosts Monterey, No. 13 Simsboro hosts No. 20 Avoyelles Charter. Local teams in Class B on the road for the first-round include No. 18 Choudrant at No. 15 Hathaway and No. 28 Quitman at No. 5 Castor.
Arcadia leads the way for area teams in Class 1A. The Lady Hornets are the fourth-seed in 1A and will host No. 29 Varnado.
The Delhi Lady Bears are the No. 9-seed and will host No. 24 Metairie Park-Country Day while No. 15 Ouachita Christian hosts No. 18 Plain Dealing. OCS is hoping to be more balanced this postseason. Kelsey Booth leads the team with 24.5 points per game but the drop off after Booth is significant with Alana Johnson second on the team with 7.0 points per game.
“We feel like we are capable of winning, but we must find ways to spread the scoring around,” OCS coach Jeremy Shackelford said.
Local 1A teams going on the road include No. 25 Delhi Charter at No. 8 East Beauregard, No. 27 Tensas at No. 6 White Castle, and No. 32 Grambling Lab at No. 1 North Central.
District 2-2A champion Jonesboro-Hodge will be the No. 5-seed in Class 2A. The Lady Tigers will host No. 5 Dunham. Sterlington is also at home as the No. 15-seed hosting No. 18 Holy Savior Menard. Local teams in Class 2A that must travel to begin the playoffs include No. 17 Oak Grove to No. 16 East Feliciana and No. 27 General Trass at No. 6 Pine.
In Class 3A, Richwood leads the way at No. 9 as they host No. 24 Donaldsonville in the first-round.
No. 25 Rayville will travel to No. 8 Marksville along with No. 18 Caldwell at No. 15 Iota and No. 27 Madison at No. 6 E.D. White.
Joining West Ouachita in the Class 4A playoffs in District 2-4A co-champion Bastrop as the No. 13-seed hosting No. 20 Vanderbilt Catholic. Wossman is No. 17 in Class 4A and will travel to No. 16 Grant. Neville is the 25th-seed and travels to No. 8 Ellender on Thursday at 6 p.m.
West Monroe will be the No. 3-seed in Class 5A and host a familiar foe in No. 30 Dominican from New Orleans. West Monroe has played Dominican three times in the playoffs since 2004 including beating them for the Class 5A state championship in 2004. Lady Rebels coach John Green is 1-1 as a head coach against Dominican.
“We are excited to be at home,” Green said. “We know how well coached (Dominican) is. It is someone we are familiar with and we have gone up against them twice in the second round.”
The Ouachita Lady Lions are the No. 14 seed and will host No. 19 Lafayette on Thursday at 6 p.m.
Ruston qualified for the postseason under first-year head coach Jenna Bolin. The Lady Bearcats will be the No. 22-seed and travel to No. 11 New Iberia in the first-round.
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COMING THIS WEEK
The News-Star will have more throughout the week on the prep basketball playoffs. The LHSAA Boys basketball brackets will be released next week.