This was a banner season for the Breaux Bridge girls basketball team.
The Tigers went 26-3 overall, ended the season on a 17-game winning streak and went undefeated in District 5-4A play to claim their first district championship in 18 years. Now Breaux Bridge aims for another achievement, winning a playoff game.
Breaux Bridge has earned a playoff berth the past three years but has been unable to advance past the opening weekend. The program will have another opportunity to win a playoff game this week as No. 11 Breaux Bridge hosts No. 22 Landry-Walker on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the opening round of the LHSAA girls state playoffs.
“It would mean a lot,” Breaux Bridge assistant coach Scotty Borel said. “You know, we started the season with three goals — win 20 games, win a district championship and get past the first round. For us to do that it would be a ‘wow’ moment for the girls.”
Breaux Bridge wasn’t the only team from District 5-4A to be celebrating playoff berths on Monday. St. Thomas More (21-6) earned the No. 10 seed; Northside (19-10) received the No. 14 seed while Teurlings Catholic (14-14) meanwhile will enter the bracket as the No. 32 seed.
“It doesn’t surprise me,” Borel said. “We’ve been a member of this district for a while. We’ve always had three teams from this district in the playoffs. We’ve been able to gain some ground on those teams and now were part of it. It shows the kids how hard work pays off.”
STM third-year head coach Stephen Stojny echoes that sentiment.
“We have four teams in our district in the playoffs and three of those four are in the Top 15,” Stojny said. “I am not sure if there is any district in the state that can get you as prepared for the playoffs than this district.”
STM went an impressive 10-2 in district play with the lone losses coming at the hands of district champion Breaux Bridge. The two losses were by a combined 10 points.
Now the Lady Cougars gear up for another deep playoff run, having reached at least the semifinals the past two seasons.
STM hosts No. 23 Beau Chene on Thursday at 6 p.m.
“By the time you get to the quarters, you are going to see someone good,” said Stojny, who said this year’s team is the youngest in the program’s history. “Were just like everybody else. You are going to have beat the best teams in the state. You have to win five games and we are preparing that each games is a championship game.”