LAKE CHARLES — Neither Crescent City nor Jehovah-Jireh have forgotten last year's Division V championship game.
For Crescent City, it marked the school's first boys basketball state championship, a fitting way to commemorate the school's 60-year anniversary.
For Jehovah-Jireh, it represented heartbreak that is still fresh on the Warriors' minds.
"It's last year, but it's still in our hearts," Jehovah-Jireh senior Trenton Payne said. "We still feel the pain. We lost, and we knew we should have won. They are a good team, but we lost that game. It's now or never so we have to get it done."
The No. 3 Pioneers (26-13) will look to cause even more heartbreak at 10 a.m. Friday, when they take on the top-seeded Warriors (28-13) in a rematch of last year's championship game.
"Jehovah-Jireh is a good team, and they are well-coached," Crescent City coach Shaun Dumas said. "I got a chance to coach some of those guys in the summer. They play hard and believe in each other and they believe in their coach."
Crescent City needed overtime to win last year's title game 69-64 at Burton Coliseum. The Pioneers rallied to win, erasing a 49-40 deficit with 6:23 left to win the title in their state tournament debut.
Jehovah-Jireh got revenge during the regular season, beating Crescent City 80-72 in early November.
"Last year is over," Jehovah-Jireh coach Dirk Ricks siad. "This is this year. We played them earlier this year and were able to have some success. They have gotten a lot better since that time, and hopefully we have, too. But we aren't going to focus on what happened on last year. We have to focus on that 32 minutes on Friday."
Both teams cruised to double-digit wins in Monday's semifinals.
Crescent City, led by Devonta Harris' 26 points, beat Grace Christian 75-61. The Pioneers also got 16 points from Byron Joshua and 10 from Johnny Vaughan.
"We're talented and a veteran ballclub and everybody can get buckets, so it's just different every night," Vaughan said.
Jehovah-Jireh, meanwhile, defeated Episcopal of Acadiana 75-53. Payne (13 points), Jaron Davis (13), Donald Johnson (10) and John Paul Ricks (10) all scored in double figures for Jehovah Jireh.
The Pioneers will be at full strength for Friday's game. The LHSAA didn't suspend any Pioneers after a skirmish occurred while Crescent City and Grace Christian players shook hands.
LHSAA officials watched video of the incident, interviewed witnesses and found no wrongdoing by any Crescent City players.
Ricks knows the challenges his team faces in trying to dethrone Crescent City.
"Their guard play is real good, and they have a lot of depth, Ricks said. "They have size, and they are a really good basketball team. They are well-coached. We have to be prepared to keep defensive pressure and intensity and we must rebound the ball."
Dumas knows his team has a tall task ahead as well.
"We just want to come out here and play good basketball," Dumas said. "We want to play a good game and we'll see who takes it all."