Three 1-4A teams host first-round playoff games

By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports

District 1-4A placed four teams in the non-select LHSAA boys basketball playoffs and three of those teams will host first-round games tonight.

District champion Huntington (19-5) is a four seed and will host Tioga (14-20,) the 29th seed. The Raiders have made the playoffs 21 straight years and are riding a five-game win streak into this one.

Woodlawn (26-9) finished second in the district and is a nine seed with a 26-9 record. This is the Knights’ seventh straight playoff appearance and they have been to Marsh Madness three of the last four years,\. losing in the 2018 finals in their only finals appearance in that span.

Donavan Seamster has been key to the recent success for the Knights with 64 points in Woodlawn’s last two wins. Teammate Andri Lewis led the way with 22 points in the final regular-season win at home against Carroll of Monroe.

The Knights are an 11 seed and host 22nd seed Livonia (16-16) at 6:30 p.m.

Booker T. Washington is the third team from 1-4A that will host a first-round game. The Lions are a 14 seed and will face 19 seed Breaux Bridge (15-12). Seniors Nick Dyer and Jacobee Jackson have been key players for the Lions all season.

Northwood (15-15) is the fourth team from the district with a first-round game. The Falcons are a 31st seed and will travel to second seed Edna Karr (29-4).

In the Select bracket, sixth-seeded Evangel will travel to play Archbishop Hannan on Saturday.

District champion Captain Shreve and runner-up Natchitoches Central are the only home teams of the five 1-5A schools that made the non-select bracket.

Captain Shreve (25-5) is a six seed and will host 27 seed Live Oak (14-12). The Gators ride a nine-game win streak into the first round game.

Natchitoches Central (22-6) is the eight seed and faces 25th seed Denham Springs (20-12) at home.

Other 1-5A teams with road games include 17 seed Airline (16-9) at 16 seed Mandeville (20-10) and 23rd seed Southwood (16-16) at 10th seeded West Monroe (18-9).

Class 3A second-seeded Bossier (24-7) will host district rival Green Oaks (11-18), the 31st seed. The Bearkats will be looking to get back to the state finals after being eliminated in the quarterfinals by Carroll last year. Bossier won the 3A title in 2019 and was runner-up in 4A in 2018.

North Caddo won its district title playoff game with Jonesboro-Hodge, but got the No. 26 seed in Class 2A will take a 12-14 record to face seventh-seeded Franklin (19-7).

In the select playoffs, Byrd is the ninth seed in Division I and will play at No. 1 St. Paul’s. The Yellow Jackets knocked off St. Augustine in the first round 58-57 to even their record at 14-14. St. Paul’s had a first-round bye and sports a 25-4 record.

A Division IV select matchup will have No. 2 seed Calvary (22-7) hosting seventh-seeded Ascension Catholic on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Photo by JOHN JAMES MARSHALL