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|Vidalia, Monterey begin playoffs|
Vidalia High's boys basketball team is hoping history repeats itself - recent history that is.
George Washington Carver High of New Orleans was rated No. 32 in the Class 3A football playoffs and faced No. 1 Notre Dame of Crowley in the first round.
Notre Dame won that game 43-14 and went on to win the next four games to win the state championship in football.
Carver is rated No. 32 in boys basketball and faces No. 1 Vidalia Friday in Vidalia.
No.22 Monterey visits No. 11 Shongaloo in Class B first round action.
Tip-off for the Vidalia-Carver game is slated for 7 p.m.
"We just have to go in and play our game," said Vidalia coach Robert Sanders. "We're going to pressure them on defense and we need to do a better job, especially defensively inside. I'm excited about starting a new season and I hope the guys are. It's single elimination now and we have to be more focused than what we have been in the past few games."
Carver has also made the news recently with the success of the New Orleans Saints.
The Brees Dream Foundation and Payton's Play It Forward Foundation agreed to jointly contribute a total of $40,000 to G.W. Carver High School in the Upper 9th Ward. The foundations have joined together to cover G.W. Carver High School's sports operating budget for the next two years.
Additionally, the Brees Dream Foundation outfitted all G.W. Carver High School athletes with new uniforms, including everything from swim trunks to running spikes.
The winner of the Vidalia-Carver game will face the winner of the No. 16 Bogalusa against No. 17 Avoyelles contest being played at Bogalusa.
Avoyelles finished second in Vidalia's district.
If Bogalusa wins, the Lumberjacks will play in Vidalia Tuesday.
If Avoyelles wins, Vidalia will have to travel to Moreauville for the second time this season.
No. 8 Rayville and No. 9 Crowley are the top seeds if Vidalia makes it to the quarterfinals.
The semifinals and finals will be held in Lafayette.
Shongaloo finished second in District 1B.
The Tigers finished 15-13 overall.
"They finished second in district to Gibsland-Coleman," said Monterey coach Eric Richard. "That's a good district right there. They have good size and have scored 80 points a few times. They like the fast-pace game. We have to try and control the tempo and make every possession count."
Monterey finished in a tie for second in District 6B, falling to Harrisonburg 42-37 Friday which kept the Wolves from finishing alone in second place behind Glenmora.
"I think there are about five or six really good teams in Class B and the rest are pretty equal," said Richard, whose team is rated No. 22. "We just have to play up to our capabilities."
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