Lafayette Christian topples North Caddo in Sunkist Shootout _lowres

Advocate photo by PAUL KIEU -- Lafayette Christian's Kalob Ledoux attempts a shot against North Caddo's Robert Williams (5) and Keshun Sanders at the Sunkist Shootout on Dec. 29 at St. Thomas More in Lafayette.

BOYS

Class 5A-4A

1. St. Thomas More (17-6)

Cougars went 1-2 at Sugar Bowl event, beating 5A’s No. 1 team in power rankings in West Jeff.

2. Comeaux (14-6)

Spartans have reaped benefits of tough schedule to lead District 3-5A.

3. Carencro (15-5)

The Bears, who have won 7 of their past 9 games, are enjoying a solid start.

4. St. Martinville (13-8)

The Tigers have caught fire since their own Holiday Shootout.

5. Breaux Bridge (12-7)

New coach, new belief system have made Tigers a surprise.

On the outside looking in:

Crowley (14-3), Northside (13-7), Opelousas (11-6), Abbeville (10-5)

Class 3A and below

1. Lafayette Christian (15-3)

Knights lost by five points to eventual Sugar Bowl champion Riverside.

2. Patterson (10-4)

Lumberjacks have melded well since arrival of their football players.

3. Eunice (13-7)

Another of the area’s surprise teams; won St. Landry Parish title.

4. Loreauville (13-4)

Football-rich school can play hoops; has won 6 of its past 7.

5. Port Barre (13-5)

Red Devils have split with Eunice this season, falling in parish final.

On the outside looking in:

Iota (13-7), Berwick (13-8), Midland (13-8), North Vermilion (10-5), David Thibodeaux (10-8), Episcopal School of Acadiana (10-7)

GIRLS

Class 5A-4A

1. Northside (20-1)

Lady Vikings have performed like team with visions of a deep postseason run.

2. St. Thomas More (11-4)

Lady Cougars get opportunity to show the strength of this team’s fabric.

3. Rayne (18-2)

Class 4A quarterfinalists have won 13 straight since loss of Tasia Duhon to ACL injury.

4. Teurlings Catholic (13-6)

Lady Rebels have won 9 straight to join conversation among 4-4A leaders.

5. Carencro (9-5)

Lady Bears own key win over Iota and have won 4 of past 5.

On the outside looking in:

St. Martinville (11-5), Cecilia (10-6), Lafayette (12-9), Beau Chene (8-4)

Class 3A and below

1. North Central (15-2)

Reigning Class 1A state champs haven’t shown any signs of slowing down.

2. Iota (16-4)

Depth’s not a strength, but chemistry and defense are.

3. Erath (17-4)

Coach Andrea Bernard’s back on sideline after the birth of another child.

4. Gueydan (13-3)

Vermilion Parish tournament champs are riding a 10-game win streak.

5. Vermilion Catholic (15-4)

The Lady Eagles are at full strength with return of guard Jay Demouchet.

On the outside looking in:

Midland (15-5), Ville Platte (12-7), Lafayette Christian (12-7), Sacred Heart-VP (10-5)