No one can say for sure when Northeast High last won a girls basketball playoff game.
The Vikings (15-14) offer one of the more intriguing stories going into the Class 2A playoffs.
And there’s more to it than a double-post attack led by 6-foot-2 Pearl Jones and 6-1 Lauri Kight.
“It’s worked out pretty well because several of the girls are seniors, and I teach them in English IV,” interim coach Johnny Felder said. “The way I teach is pretty much the way I coach, so they knew what to expect.”
Northeast, the 20th-seed, travels to play No. 13 Mamou at 6 p.m. Thursday to close Felder’s first month as the team’s coach. A 5-4 record seems modest. But consider this: the Vikings have won five straight, including wins over playoff-bound district rivals Redemptorist, Episcopal and Dunham.
Another factor that makes the Northeast story compelling is the the school’s principal, Brandon Levatino, has been Felder’s assistant coach. Felder, a former St. Helena Central and Louisiana-Lafayette football player, played basketball in high school.
“There were a few fundamental things we worked to clean up,” Felder said. “This team is very unselfish. We pass the ball well. They’ve all accepted their roles.”
Jones, who is considering Louisiana College, averages 15 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots a game. Kight adds 15 points and five rebounds per game.
Augustus’ return set
One out of two might not be bad fdor the Redemptorist girls.
RHS coach Valencia Wilson said junior forward Alexis Augustus is scheduled to return next week, provided that the fourth-seeded Wolves get past Thursday’s 6 p.m. game with No. 29 Lakeview.
Augustus, who has been sidelined with a knee injury since early January, has recovered from arthroscopic surgery and is completing therapy. Augustus, an All-Metro player a year ago, was averaging more than 20 points per game.
The news is not as good for senior Margan Johnson, who Wilson said is sidelined for the season.
A shooting star
Southern Lab may trade one high-scoring opponent for another. The Kittens (16-10) had to contend with Madison Prep guard Sherry Porter in District 6-1A. Porter scored 35 points against SLHS last month.
Up next for the Kittens is East Iberville’s Jasmine Mosby. The 5-8 Mosby is averaging 28 points a game, according to EIHS coach Cormanda Grace. Mosby scored 30 in a win over Ascension Christian last week.
East Iberville (14-16), the 23rd seed, meets No. 16 Southern Lab at 6 p.m. Thursday at SU’s Seymour gym.
Soccer playoffs set
University High is set to host semifinal opponents on back-to-back days when the LHSAA’s soccer playoffs continue.
The second-seeded UHS girls (21-1-3) host No. 3 Sacred Heart-New Orleans at 5 p.m. Friday at UHS’ Boss Field/Gill Stadium.
It’s the same scenario but with a different opponent and day for the boys. The No. 2-seeded Cubs (26-1-2) host third-seeded Northlake Christian at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Boss Field/Gill Stadium.
WCHS, Plaquemine moved
How much difference does a day make? Plenty if you’re Class 1A White Castle High and 4A Plaquemine High.
The two Iberville Parish boys basketball powers were originally scheduled to play their nondistrict showdown Thursday. That game has been moved to Friday with a varsity start set for approximately 7 p.m. at Plaquemine.
It’s a move that makes sense because both schools have girls teams in the playoffs Thursday night. The Plaquemine girls play at St. Michael at 6 p.m., while White Castle hosts Tensas at the same time.