Three parish teams fall in girl's basketball playoffs

Kyle Riviere @kyleR_sports

Not only can St. Amant celebrate beating the defending state champions, but they can now celebrate being the only girl's basketball team in the parish to make it to the second round of the playoffs.

It was razor-thin, but the Lady Gators kept their postseason run alive with a 43-42 win over Lafayette. Unfortunately, the three other teams from the parish that made the playoffs were forced to make early exits.

In 1A, No. 25 Ascension Catholic had nothing to hang their heads over. They went on the road and gave No. 8 Hanson all they could handle before falling just short at 56-52.

With the loss, the Lady Bulldogs finished the season losing six of their last seven games.

As for Donaldsonville, they were able to overcome a 2-7 start to squeeze into the 3A playoffs as the No. 32 seed. As a reward, they were forced to go on the road to face top-seeded Albany--a team that ended the year on a 13-game winning streak.

Albany lived up to their top billing as they hammered the Lady Tigers 83-28 to set up a second-round matchup with No. 17 Marksville.

In 5A, East Ascension made it through to the playoffs with a 13-12 record. They were hampered by a three-game losing streak to end the season--forcing them to enter as a No. 28 seed.

With such a low seeding, they were faced with the tough task of having to go on the road to battle No. 5 Denham Springs--a team that won 15 of their final 16 games.

The Lady Yellow Jackets didn't burn it up offensively, but they didn't need to. They totally suffocated the Lady Spartans defensively and held them to just 16 points.

With a 37-16 win, they made it through to the next round to play Pineville at home.