At first, there were six teams making plans for possible girls basketball tiebreaker games.
Now there are only two.
White Castle (13-14, 9-2) and Southern Lab (23-5, 10-2) have tentatively set up their District 6-1A playoff at noon Saturday at Brusly.
WCHS plays at Ascension Catholic to close out its 6-1A schedule on Friday.
A potential tiebreaker game for Denham Springs and Zachary in District 4-5A and University High and Parkview Baptist in 6-3A were nixed for different reasons.
University coach Bonita Johnson confirmed that her team has opted to forego a playoff, giving the one point earned in the power rankings for first place in District 6-3A to Parkview Baptist.
“We’ve got some injuries and given the fact we’d have to play two games on Saturday to get it (playoff game) done it was just too much,” Johnson said. “I couldn’t justify playing four games in a week.
“The earliest we could play Port Allen would be 2 p.m. Saturday to finish the district schedule, and then we’d have to play Parkview at 6:30 p.m. We’re better off giving up that point and resting for the playoffs next week.”
Parkview Baptist (20-10, 12-1) beat University High (20-8, 11-1) last Friday to force the possible tiebreaker situation.
Denham Springs (25-3, 8-1) and Zachary (22-9, 8-1) will let a coin flip decide who gets that single point. First, Denham Springs plays at Central and Zachary at Live Oak to close the 4-5A schedule.
“It (tiebreaker) game just wouldn’t work out,” ZHS coach Mike Stephens said. “Part of the reason for that is that we may have to play each other again in the second round of the playoffs.
“I’ll meet with coach (Shelly) Laprarie after we play Friday night, and we’ll flip a coin.”
One more body?
Two-time defending Class 3A state champion U-High has played with seven to eight players over the last couple of weeks because of injuries. The Cubs lost Alyssa Fisher for the season with a knee injury but got some good news earlier this week.
Johnson said the knee injury suffered by post player Destiny Ephrom was not as serious as it was originally thought to be. However, Ephrom will be sidelined at last two more weeks.
“If we can win a few games there’s a chance we can get her (Ephrom) back,” Johnson said.
Soccer playoffs set
Second-seeded St. Joseph’s Academy travels to Lake Charles to take on No. 10 Barbe at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Division I girls soccer quarterfinals.
Defending Division III state champion University, the No. 3 seed, hosts No. 6 E.D. White Catholic at 3 p.m. Sunday in quarterfinal action.
On Monday, sixth-seeded East Ascension plays third-seeded Mount Carmel Academy at 5 p.m. at Pan American Stadium in another Division I quarterfinal.