As the number of schools being forced to delay regional-round girls basketball playoff games for multiple days because of predicted winter weather grew, the LHSAA began working on an alternate game plan.
Assistant executive director Ronda Richardson said the LHSAA sent out a memo to member schools Monday afternoon informing them that many schools in the northern part of the state were closed Monday and Tuesday and likely won’t play games on those days.
Richardson said the schools were told to make plans accordingly, with some games already being delayed until Wednesday. She said the LHSAA will make an announcement about how Thursday’s quarterfinal playoff round will be handled Tuesday morning.
“We’re just taking it day by day right now,” Richardson said. “The first step was to inform the schools that there will be a number of games played on Wednesday. We’ve talked about giving schools that play Wednesday some extra time before the quarterfinals. I just can’t say right now that the deadline will be extended from Thursday to Friday or Saturday for the quarterfinals.”
Four more Baton Rouge area teams had their Monday games delayed by weather conditions during the day. In Class 2A, 16th-seeded East Feliciana is now scheduled to play at No. 1 Pickering at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Also in 2A, 20th-seeded Northeast and No. 29 Lakeview have not rescheduled their game yet, but NHS coach Johnny Felder said he believes the game would be played Wedneday at Northeast. French Settlement, the 12th seed in 2A, is scheduled to play at No. 5 Jonesboro-Hodge at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Class 1A Southern Lab, the 10th seed, is now set to play No. 10 St. Mary’s-Natchitoches at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Another 2A team, No. 8 Doyle, postponed its game with No. 9 Red River until to 6 p.m. Wednesday.
UNIVERSITY 74, NORTHWEST 48: In Prairie Ronde, top-seeded U-High (28-2) used a 22-7 second-quarter surge to take control in a Class 3A regional contest.
Destiny Ephrom scored a game-high 18 points to lead a quartet of double-figures scorers. Mikayla Bates (13), Alanie Fisher (13) and Kaila Anderson (11) also helped lead the defending Class 3A champion Cubs.
Kathan Arbie and Alexis Harris each scored 12 points for Northwest.
SOUTH BEAUREGARD 57, BRUSLY 40: In Longville, Brusly (21-10), the 14th-seed, led 8-6 after one quarter, but No. 4 SBHS outscored the Panthers in the other three periods also in 3A regional.action
Ashlyn Derouen scored a game-high 18 points for SBHS (25-6), while Shanna Barrow added 13. Caitlyn Williams led Brusly with 17 points.
HOLDEN 59, BELL CITY 26: In Bell City, Holden broke its Class B regional game open by outscoring BCHS 23-2 in the fourth quarter.
Holli Bankston led the Rockets with 13 points, while Amanda Fekete added 11.
HHS advances to the quarterfinals for the second straight season. Baylee Fontenot, who finished with 12 points, led Bell City.