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Friday, February 16, 2007

Good start for girls teams ... tough games ahead

It was a good start for local and area high school girls basketball teams Thursday night.
Area teams in Class 5A-1A went 18-4 in the first round of the state playoffs.
Now the road to the Ladies' (should be Girls) Top 28 gets a little rougher.

In Class 5A, Southwood will be a big favorite to advance to the quarterfinals against District 2 runner-up Lafayette High.
Airline faces Ellender, the No. 2-ranked team behind Southwood. But the Lady Vikes are playing at home and I wouldn't bet against them. You know Ellender is well aware of District 1-5A's reputation and has to have a little trepidation about coming up here.
Ruston defeated No. 5 John Ehret (so much for the rankings) and has a home game against South Lafourche.
Look for Southwood and Ruston to advance. Again, I wouldn't bet against Airline but it will probably be close.

In Class 4A, Parkway survived an upset bid in the first round and now faces a tougher team in Carroll, the District 2 champ and ranked seventh in the state. The game is at Parkway, though.
Bossier also has a much tougher game. The Lady Kats must travel to eighth-ranked Peabody, the District 3 champ.
These games are tough to call. I wouldn't be surprised if Bossier and Parkway both win. But the local teams are going to have to bring their 'A' games.

In Class 3A, Mansfield has a great opportunity to advance against unranked Winnfield. Benton has a very tough game against sixth-ranked Wossman in Monroe. I look for Mansfield to advance. Benton could, too, but it will take a great effort.

In Class 2A, Homer and Loyola face uphill battles. Homer faces second-ranked Ouachita Christian, but the game is at Homer. Loyola travels to Many to face the two-time defending state champs. Many has Tarkeisha Wysiner, but the Lady Tigers have shown some vulnerability. Loyola will need to play better than it did against Lake Providence in the first round to win.

Congratulations to Evangel for knocking off Mangham, last year's state runner-up, in the first round. Mangham was ranked No. 3 in the final state girls poll. Now the Lady Eagles get No. 4 Vermilion Catholic, and the game's at Evangel.
As of this writing, Plain Dealing's second-round opponent has yet to be decided. But no matter who it is -- Oak Grove or Acadiana Prep -- it will be a very winnable game.
At least one area team will make it to the quarterfinals as Arcadia host Cedar Creek.


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