John Curtis Christian, Northlake Christian earn top-seeds for girls basketball state playoffs
A pair of area Christian schools are the teams to beat as top-seeds in the LHSAA girls basketball state playoffs.
In Division I, defending state champion John Curtis Christian (28-1) is the top-seed. The Patriots get a double bye before taking on the winner of the game pitting ninth-seed St. Joseph’s Academy at eighth-seed Byrd in the quarterfinals. John Curtis won the Class 2A state championship in 2008 and 2012.
McKinley (28-3) is the second-seed. The Panthers are the only team to defeat John Curtis this season, winning 44-43 over the Lady Patriots on Dec. 1. McKinley will host seventh-seed Archbishop Chapelle (18-9) in the quarterfinals.
Dominican (23-7) is the third-seed and has a double bye before hosting sixth-seed Scotlandville in the quarterfinals.
Mount Carmel (17-9) is the fourth-seed and the Cubs will entertain fifth-seed Evangel Christian in the quarterfinals. The Cubs most recently won the 5A state championship in 2014 and 2016.
In Division III, Northlake Christian (23-1) is the No. 1 seed and the Wolverines get a bye before hosting 16th-seed Newman (8-12) in the regional round. The only loss for Northlake Christian was to Doyle (56-53).
St. Thomas Aquinas (20-8) is the second-seed and the Falcons get a first-round bye before playing host to 15th-seed McGehee (7-16) in the regional round. St. Thomas Aquinas won the Class 2A state championship in 2010 and 2013.
Dunham (23-6) is the third-seed while Notre Dame (21-8) is the fourth-seed.
St. Mary’s Academy (11-17) is the eighth-seed and the Cougars get a bye before hosting ninth-seed The Church Academy next Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the regional round.
Riverside Academy (15-10) is the fifth-seed and the Lady Rebels get a bye before hosting 12th-seed Catholic of New Iberia in the regional round.
Sixth-seed St. Katharine Drexel (15-8) gets a bye before entertaining 11th-seed Country Day (7-11) in the regional round.
University Lab (18-11) is the top-seed in Division II. The Cubs get a bye before hosting the winner of the first-round game between 17th-seed Haynes at 16th-seed David Thibodaux. Those two square off Thursday at 6 p.m. at Acadiana. University won the Class 3A state title in 2014 and 2015.
Loyola Prep (26-3) is the second-seed while Lee Magnet is the fourth-seed. The Flyers won a 3A state championship in 2012.
Ursuline (20-3) is the third-seed. The Lions, who won a state title in 2016, receive a bye before taking on the winner of 19th-seed Archbishop Hannan (4-20) at 14th-seed St. Michael.
Cabrini (16-11) earns the fifth-seed and the Crescents have a bye before battling the winner of 21st-seed Academy of the Sacred Heart of New Orleans (13-14) at Teurlings Catholic, who will meet Wednesday at 5 p.m.
St. Charles Catholic (16-10) is the seventh-seed and the Lady Comets get a bye before hosting 10th-seed St. Thomas More in the regional round.
Ben Franklin (19-9) is the ninth-seed and the Falcons get a bye before traveling to eighth-seed Vandebilt Catholic in the regional round.
Academy of Our Lady (8-15) is the 18th-seed and the Penguins head to 15th-seed E.D. White Catholic Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
De La Salle (5-20) is the 20th-seed and the Cavaliers travel to 13th-seed St. Scholastica (13-17) Thursday at 6 p.m.
Lusher (2-22) is the 22nd-seed and the Lions travel to 11th-seeded Parkview Baptist.
Lafayette Christian (26-3) has the top-seed in Division IV and the Knights get a bye before squaring off against the winner of 17th-seed St. Martin’s Episcopal (12-7) at 16th-seeded False River in the regional round.
Houma Christian (26-2) is the second-seed, Vermilion Catholic is the third-seed and Cedar Creek is the fourth-seed. Vermilion Catholic won the Class 1A state championship in 2013.
In Division V, Claiborne Christian (15-13) is the top-seed.
Christ Episcopal (13-9) earned the second-seed and the Wildcats get a double bye before hosting seventh-seed Family Christian in the quarterfinals.
Family Community (11-11) is the third-seed while Grace Christian (11-19) is the fourth-seed.
In Class 5A, Barbe (22-4) is the top-seed. The Buccaneers will host district rival and 32nd-seed Acadiana in the opening round on Thursday at 6 p.m. Barbe lost in the 5A title game to Destrehan last season.
Ponchatoula (28-3) is the second-seed. The Green Wave will host 31st-seed Parkway. Ponchatoula won the 5A state championship in 2015. LaGrange (22-4) is the third-seed while Ouachita Parish (20-12) is the fourth-seed.
East St. John (25-7) is the 15th-seed and the Lady Wildcats host 18th-seeded Landry-Walker (17-7) in the opening round.
Fontainebleau (21-9) is the 21st-seed and the Lady Bulldogs travel to 12th-seeded Denham Springs.
Chalmette (20-4) is the 22nd-seed and the Owls head to 11th-seeded Ruston Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Hammond (17-13) is the 23rd-seed and the Lady Tors travel to 10th-seeded Walker Thursday at 6 p.m.
Slidell (18-12) is the 25th-seed and the 25th-seed will travel to eighth-seed East Ascension.
In Class 4A, Benton (24-6) is the top-seed. The Tigers will host 32nd-seed Carver (13-15) in the opening round.
South Lafourche (21-8) is the second-seed and the Lady Tarpons will entertain 31st-seed Grant Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Neville (20-8) is the third-seed while Warren Easton (20-8) earned the fourth-seed and the Eagles will host 29th-seed Buckeye Thursday at 6 p.m. Easton won the state title in 2015.
Salmen (22-7) is the 11th-seed and the Spartans play host to 22nd-seed Plaquemine Thursday at 6 p.m. The Spartans played for the 4A state title a year ago and won state championships in 2013 and 2014.
Helen Cox (20-11) is the 13th-seed and the Cougars entertain 20th-seeded Rayne Thursday at 6 p.m.
Lake Area New Tech (24-8) is the 23rd-seed and will play at 10th-seed Huntington in the opening round.
Franklinton (19-11) is the 26th-seed and the Demons head to seventh-seeded Minden in round one.
McDonogh 35 (10-16) is the 27th-seed. The Roneagles travel to sixth-seed and defending state champion Ellender Thursday at 7 p.m.
In Class 3A, defending state champion South Beauregard (27-6) is the top-seed and will host 32nd-seeded Jewel Sumner (8-14) in the first-round. The Cowgirls won the 3A state title in 2016.
Second-seed Loranger (20-7) will entertain a familiar opponent in District 7-3A rival and 31st-seeded Bogalusa. The Wolves handled the Lady Jacks easily twice by scores of 63-30 and 83-36.
Northwest (26-3) is the third-seed while Carroll (22-5) is the fourth-seed.
Cohen (14-11) is the 25th-seed and the Green Hornets travel to eighth-seed Wossman in the opening round.
St. James (15-9) earned the 13th-seed and the Lady Wildcats will entertain 20th-seed Washington-Marion at 6 p.m. The Lady Wildcats won the 3A state championship in 2011.
Donaldsonville (14-13) is the 21st-seed and will play at 12th-seeded Madison in round one.
Sixth-seed Albany (25-5) will host 27th-seed Green Oaks Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
In Class 2A, North Caddo (27-7) is the top-seed and will host 32nd-seed Delcambre. North Caddo won the state title in 2015 and 2016.
Lake Arthur (25-3) is the second-seed and will entertain 31st-seeded Delhi Charter.
Ferriday (23-4) is the third-seed and will entertain 30th-seed Springfield (4-21) while Oakdale (26-4) is the fourth-seed.
Eighth-seed French Settlement (23-6) has a familiar opponent in district rival St. Helena (7-10) in round one. The Lions handled the Hawks twice in district play, winning by scores of 54-32 and 59-21.
Doyle (17-11) is the 12th-seed will host 21st-seed Avoyelles Public Charter Thursday at 6 p.m.
Pine (11-16) is the 23rd-seed and the Raiders head to 10th-seed Mansfield Thursday at 6 p.m.
Amite (16-9) is the 15th-seed and the Warriors play host to 18th-seeded Martin Luther King Charter (9-10) Thursday at 6 p.m.
In Class 1A, Delhi (26-7) is the top-seed and has a first-round bye as does second-seed Merryville (21-6), third-seed Jonesboro-Hodge (24-8) and fourth-seeded Arcadia (20-8).
West St. John (11-12) is the 15th-seed and the Lady Rams host 18th-seeded Montgomery Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Varnado (4-18) is the 28th-seed and will play at fifth-seed Block Tuesday at 6 p.m.
In Class B, Holden (31-1) is the top-seed. The Rockets get a first-round bye before facing the winner of 16th-seed Converse and 17th-seeded Pitkin. Holden won the state championship in 2006 and 2016.
Fairview (33-5) is the second-seed and Anacoco (32-4) is the third-seed. Fairview won eight straight state championships from 2007-2014.
Clark (0-21) is the 29th-seed and the Lady Bulldogs play at fourth-seeded Hicks (29-8).
Maurepas (13-16) is the 22nd-seed and will play at 11th-seeded Quitman while Mount Hermon (7-12) is the 23rd-seed and will travel to 10th-seed Glenmora Thursday at 6 p.m.
Plainview (29-7) is the top-seed in Class C while Atlanta (26-8) is the second-seed. Three-time defending state champion Summerfield (26-6) is seeded third with Simpson (20-15) fourth. Plainview won the Class C state title in 2010.
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