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|Parish hoops teams are hot|
If the regular season is any indication, the Sweet 28 Tournament and Top 28 Tournament may have a lot of local interest this year.
Ferriday's girls, Vidalia's boys and Ferriday's boys have certainly shown they can play with anybody in the state and all three teams have great chances of winning their districts.
One sidenote that I have to vent about real quick before getting back to matters at hand. Is there any way we can put in a rule saying in a girl's high school basketball game when one team leads by 15 points or more with a minute-and-a-half remaining there will be a running clock for the remainder of the game?
I haven't been to a girls game yet where one team has a huge lead over another team late in the game and the reserves are fouling on EVERY trip down the floor. A minute-and-a-half turns into 10 and sometimes 15 minutes.
OK, back to the future.
Vidalia's boys were certainly expected to be competitive after returning the entire team from a squad which just missed reaching the Top 28 Tournament last year in Class 2A.
Even after moving up to Class 3A, the Vikings figured to be in the running for district and have not disappointed, sitting undefeated in district play.
Still, the Vikings do not seem to be playing with the same confidence and consistency they did last year. If the Vikings can find that consistency and cohesiveness, Vidalia can surely still be playing in March in Baton Rouge.
Ferriday's girls also figured to be competitive with twin towers Jasmine Upchurch and Ja'Lassia Davis, both juniors.
But it's been the play of freshman Shanice Poole and sophomore Jasmine Butler that has also made this Lady Trojan team one to keep an eye on in the postseason.
The Lady Trojans avenged their only district loss against Lake Providence Tuesday night and seem poised to go into postseason play as their district's top team.
Ferriday's boys have been the surprise team of the area, running roughshod over several opponents and picking up some impressive wins along the way.
The Trojans are getting solid play inside and out and have proven to be the cream of the crop in their district so far.
Ferriday's boys will have two early playoff games on their home court, where they are very difficult to beat and should gain enough confidence to have a solid chance to play in the Top 28 Tournament.
Huntington's boys have also been a surprise, as the young Hounds have reeled off several district wins and are sitting solidly in second place although most figured they would have trouble managing to break even in the district.
The Hounds have really jelled over the past few weeks and will be the kind of team no one had better take lightly come tournament time.
Huntington's Lady Hounds have struggled most of the season, but as long as they can get into the district tournament, anything can happen. This team caught fire at the end of last season and it's all about who is playing the best in February.
Monterey's boys and girls face tough competition each year, but the Wolves got a signature win at Forest last week.
Both teams are young, but also have a lot of talent and energy. These are programs that will continue to get better over the next two or three years.
Playoff and tournament time is going to be very interesting in the parish over the next few weeks. And you can count on a few teams in the parish being in the mix for at least a couple of those weeks.
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