Four parish teams set for the basketball playoffs

Kyle Riviere
East Ascension's Jacardo Hawkins. Photo by Dewey Keller.

The basketball season is winding down. Last week, the girls wrapped up their years as postseason runs came to an end and this week, the boys begin their journeys for state titles.

On Monday, the LHSAA released their playoff pairings and just like the girls, four Ascension teams made the field.

The team that earned the highest seeding in the parish was Dutchtown. After a huge final week of the regular season that featured back-to-back wins over East Ascension and McKinley, the Griffins garnered a No. 6 seed.

They'll host No. 27 Southwood in the opening round on Friday. Southwood went 18-11 during the regular season--which included them winning eight of their final 11 games.

As for Dutchtown's district counterpart East Ascension, they won at least a share of the district title for the third straight year.

After losing to the Griffins late in the season, it looked like that streak was good as dead but just four days later, Dutchtown upset McKinley. That allowed the Spartans to once again tie the Panthers in the standings. They ended the year as Co-District 5-5A champions.

East Ascension finished 22-9 overall on their way to a No. 10 seeding. They drew a home first-round matchup with No. 23 Central.

Central went 17-8 during the year and really ended the season on a tear. After starting just 3-6, the went 14-2 down the stretch.

In 3A, Donaldsonville made the playoff field as a high seed. The Tigers had a great year that saw them go 20-9 and win their district. They won nine of their final 10 games.

As a result, they earned a No. 8 seed. They'll play a district foe in No. 25 E.D. White in the opening round. It's a team they beat beat twice during the regular season by 34 combined points. The Cardinals went 15-10 during the regular season.

Finally, in 1A, Ascension Catholic was selected for the postseason.

The Bulldogs went 15-14 during the year and earned themselves a No. 24 seed. They'll now have to go on the road for the first round to play No. 9 Northwood-Lena.

They're a team that went 23-5 during the regular season, and they will now enter the postseason on a 10-game winning streak.