Three of four Ascension BKB teams fall in opening playoff round

John Dupont

Three of four Ascension Parish basketball teams saw their state championship hopes fade away in opening round playoff action this week.

The St. Amant Gators lost 73-47 Tuesday night at West Monroe, while the Lady Gators suffered a 48-36 loss Monday night at Archbishop Chapelle in 5A playoff fare.

In Gonzales Tuesday night, C.E. Byrd of Shreveport snapped East Ascension's 15-game winning streak to eliminate the District 5-5A champion Spartans in an 82-71 upset.

Across the Mississippi River, the Donaldsonville Tigers toppled Marksville 59-41 in Class 3A playoff fare.

The Tigers -- who finished third in District 9-3A -- visit Port Allen for regional action Friday. It will mark the fourth meeting between the two teams this season.