Lady Panthers are set to host Crowley in playoffs
With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting all sports, there was a real possibility of the high school basketball season in Louisian not being completed, much less having an actual postseason.
All of which makes earning a spot in the LHSAA girls playoffs even more special for Pine Prairie coach Renotta Edwards.
"We are pretty excited," Edwards said. "We have all been through a lot this year. So for us to get the chance to compete in the playoffs is a blessing in itself."
No. 15 Pine Prairie (14-8) will host No. 18 Crowley (11-6) Friday in the Class 3A playoffs. Tip is set for 6:30 p.m.
Part of that blessing is not really caring where her Lady Panthers were seeded in the bracket.
"I used to stress out about that stuff but as you spend time coaching you kinda just pray for a little luck," Edwards said. "But I am happy. We are very familiar with Crowley, so I like our chances."
Edwards may like her chances against Crowley but that doesn't mean that opposition doesn't present challenges.
"They have a really good team," Edwards said. "Very well coached. They have a ton of height and a great program. So we have to be smart with our shot selection and passes. Their length and their familiarity with us and what we do because we have played them plenty of times may present some problems. Hopefully we can get through that and finally get out of the first round."
Basile and Sacred Heart will be looking to pull off upsets in the first round of the playoffs.
In the Class 1A playoffs, No. 19 Basile (6-12) will play at No. 14 Haynesville (8-10) on Saturday. Tip is set for 2 p.m.
The Bearcats ended the season by winning two of their final four games, including a 61-55 win over East Beauregard and a 75-31 win over Gueydan.
In the Division IV playoffs, No. 16 Sacred Heart (3-15) plays at No. 1 and 2020 state runner-up Ouachita Christian (25-2) on Monday. Tip is set for 6 p.m.
Sacred Heart ended the regular season losing 11 of 12 games, with the lone win being a 49-22 victory over Westminster Christian on Jan. 26th.