High school basketball’s version of the double play is something everyone associates with University High. There’s a good reason for that.
The Cubs pulled off a unique double-double a year go when its boys and girls basketball teams won Class 3A state titles.
As the U-High girls play for a 3A state title on Friday night at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Girls Top 28 tournament, the Cubs sit a game away from advancing to the next week’s Boys Top 28. UHS plays Port Allen in a quarterfinal set for 6 p.m. Saturday.
The Cubs are not the only local team with a chance to double up on LHSAA tourney time. The White Castle High boys travel to Lafayette Christian on Friday looking to advance to an LHSAA tourney a week after the WCHS girls made it to the 1A semifinals.
“Our girls did a great job and now it’s our turn,” White Castle coach Troy Green said. “There are some similarities. Our girls were No. 6 seed and so are we. Lafayette Christian was the team that knocked us out in this round last year, which left a bad taste in our mouths.
“We know Lafayette Christian is going to be a huge challenge. Going one through five they can all shoot the 3-pointer and handle the ball. We’ll have our hands full, but we’ve got out fans behind us. They want to see both teams make it to the state tournament.”
Ja’Tyre Carter leads the Bulldogs (26-7) in scoring with a 16.0 average. Jacorey Washington has averaged 20 points per game in the playoffs and is at 12.0 for the season. Samson Westley (13.0) and Jerrell Dominique (10.0) also help Green’s White Castle team that seeks its first Top 28 berth since 2012. The Bulldogs last won the 1A title in 2011.
Sportsmanship hearing set
LHSAA Assistant Executive Director Keith Alexander said a sportsmanship hearing set for 9 a.m. on April 8 will address what happened to halt Tuesday’s Class 3A playoff boys basketball between Albany and Evangel Christian.
The game was stopped with 3:24 remaining with Evangel leading by 12 points when an altercation that reportedly included spectators and players broke. Five Albany players who left the bench were ejected.
Albany elected not to complete the game with its five remaining players, giving Evangel a forfeit win.
A Tiger and a Techster
They played in different eras for two of Louisiana’s women’s college basketball powers. Mansfield coach Kendra Neal and University High’s Bonita Johnson also bring some prep history to their Class 3A title game set for 8 p.m. Friday at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Girls Top 28 tournament.
Johnson, who played at Stephen F. Austin and LSU in the 1980s, played for then Class 4A DeRidder in the 1980 state tourney then known as the Sweet 16. Neal played for Class C Pelican, a school that was closed two years ago, in the early 1990s. She went on to play at Louisiana Tech.
Class 5A title-game foes Walker and Ponchatoula have to look back to 1977 as a significant year both share in girls basketball. Walker won the 2A state title that year and Ponchatoula was the 3A runner-up.
Louisiana Representative J. Rogers Pope, the former Livingston Parish Superintendent of Schools, was the Walker girls coach in 1977.