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|Ferriday faces Donaldsonville in second round|
Ferriday High visits Donaldsonville today (Wednesday) in a second round Class 2A contest.
The game is being played Wednesday because Donaldsonville's girls play Homer Tuesday in a Class 2A semifinal contest in Hammond.
Louisiana High School Athletic Association rules prohibit schools from playing a girls state tournament game and boys playoff game on the same night.
Sixth-seeded Ferriday defeated No. 27 Springfield Friday 84-52 in a first-round playoff contest, while Donaldsonville, seeded No. 22, upset South Beauregard 78-70 in Longville Friday.
Ferriday has to travel because Donaldsonville was on the road Friday.
"I would certainly rather play at home, but if we win Wednesday, we will host the Episcopal-Vinton winner on Friday in the quarterfinals," said Ferriday head coach K. G. Watkins. "I would rather play a third round game at home than a second-round game. Hopefully we can keep our composure on the road and play well. We've been a pretty good road team this season."
Donaldsonville is 13-16 on the season.
The Tigers defeated the Trojans 45-42 in Donaldsonville two years ago in a 2A quarterfinal contest.
"They are very athletic and have a kid who is about 6-foot-6 who does a real good job," Watkins said. "It's going to come down to execution and determination and who wants it more. We don't want our guys to worry about the rankings, because there are a lot of variables. We want to go in and execute early and take the wind out of their sails. We want to put them on their heels early. We're not going in playing not to lose, but to win."
In its first-round game in Ferriday Friday, the Trojans led Springfield 17-10 after one period before increasing that lead to 36-26 at halftime.
"I was a little skeptical about how we would play after not playing for more than a week," Watkins said. "I felt like we matched up well, but we came out a little sluggish. But we picked up our stride late in the second quarter."
Ferriday put the game away in the second half, outscoring the Bulldogs 19-8 to extend their led to 55-34, and added 29 points in the final period.
Ferriday was led in scoring by Montrell Tennessee with 19 points.
Alrion McKeel added 12 points, while Orlando Davis, Terrell Gorham and Josh Upchurch added 11 points each.
Matthew Smith was the sixth Trojan player to finish in double figures, scoring 10.
"The guys really got into the flow of the game in the second half," Watkins said. "Our transition game picked up a lot."
"They were a lot deeper than I thought they were and very quick," said Springfield head coach Mark Eardy. "We were hoping to slow them down and slowed them down for a quarter before they took off. They have good ball movement and chemistry. They have a real good chance of making the Top 28."
Eardy said he had one problem with a newer method used by the LHSAA this season where coaches met two days before Friday's game and seeded the teams for the bracket.
"The only problem I had is that you have no way of knowing who you are playing until two days before you play them," he said. "There is no way you can find out much about the team you are playing. At least the other way you usually know out of a couple of teams who you will be playing."
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