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|Lafayette not the same this year|
For the first time in three years, they will be playing the Top 28 Tournament championship game without a Concordia Parish team in Lafayette.
Three years ago, Ferriday High entered the Class 2A playoffs as the No. 6 seed.
The Trojans used a 42-35 win over Episcopal to reach the Top 28, defeating Lakeside 65-64 in the semifinals in the Cajundome.
Ferriday lost to St. Thomas Aquinas 61-52 in the finals.
Two years ago, Vidalia entered the Class 3A state tournament as the No. 2 seed.
The Vikings defeated Patterson in the semifinals 66-55. Vidalia then lost to Richwood in the finals, 75-61.
Ferriday was rated No. 27 in the Class 2A power ratings two years ago and fell one point short of upsetting Lakeside, 55-54 in Sibley.
Last year, Vidalia was the No. 1 seed throughout most of the season. The Vikings beat Rayville 98-87 in one of the best games to be played in Vidalia in quite a while.
The Vikings defeated Abbeville 62-48 in the semifinals and destroyed Carroll 82-59 in the finals.
The Vikings lost in the first round at Redemptorist this year, while Ferriday failed to make the playoffs.
Redemptorist lost to Crowley 61-58 in the regionals.
It would have been interesting seeing Crowley having to come to Vidalia in the second round, which would have been the case if Vidalia would have won at Redemptorist.
Crowley fans showed up at the Vidalia gym by busloads expecting to march right in. But anybody who has been in the Vidalia gym knows that just wasn't happening, especially considering the huge following the Vikings had the previous two seasons.
Vidalia beat the Gents 70-44. Most of the drama was outside the gym where Crowley fans stewed.
Familiar teams remain in the hunt for a state championship. The final four are Richwood taking on Abbeville and Carroll facing Holy Cross.
It's much easier to reload at places like Richwood and Carroll. Places like Ferriday and Vidalia just do not have the facilities to match those traditional powers. The student numbers also make for a huge difference.
It's been a while since a local girls team has made it to the big dance.
Ferriday and Monterey both were eliminated in the second round after overachieving during the regular season.
There was some form of representation at the Top 28 Tournament in Hammond.
Steve McClatchy, a former member of the 1971 Huntington state championship football team, took his Tensas Parish team to the semifinals where the Lady Panthers fell to Plain Dealing to finish their season at 28.4
It was the first time Tensas Parish made it to the final four since consolidating five years ago.
McClatchy did a great job with the Lady Panthers this past season.
Tensas' girls relied on its quickness and speed to force turnovers and create fast breaks.
McClatchy only loses one senior and has one junior, so look for Tensas Parish to make another run next season.
Hopefully parish teams will be making another run, as well. There's nothing like March Madness in Concordia Parish.
It just won't be the same in Lafayette this year.
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