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|Hoops hopes for parish|
Something tells me baseball and softball are going to have a hard time starting up this year because of the crazy weather, so maybe we should count on basketball lasting a little longer.
Right now, Monterey is carrying the banner there.
Vidalia's boy's and girls have a lot of climbing to do to get into the postseason.
Ferriday's boys and girls are high school's version of bubble teams.
The top 32 teams in the final power rankings advance to the playoffs. Ferriday's boys are sitting at No. 30, while the Lady Trojans are at 35.
Ferriday's boys have lost twice to Natchez High. Unfortunately, the Trojans do not get any points for playing 6A Natchez, which doesn't make any sense.
Ferriday has three home games remaining. The Trojans are in the middle of five straight away games. Winning the home games and splitting on the road should be good enough to get the Trojans in. Obviously, the more wins the better chances for a first round opponent not destined to make the finals.
The Lady Trojans are playing their best basketball right now. They are ranked No. 35, but a sweep at home may be good enough to get in. It's just too bad the games against Mississippi schools do not count.
"I like the experience of playing teams like Natchez and Jefferson County and they are great rival games that make good money, but they are not helping us," said Ferriday girls coach Lisa Abron. "It's like we did not play."
Both Ferriday teams, if they do get in, will be on the road.
The only question in Monterey is if the Wolves and Lady Wolves will get first round home playoff contests.
Monterey's girls have the best chance of hosting.
The Lady Wolves are rated No. 15. The top 16 host a first-round game.
In the same way Ferriday received no points for playing Natchez High and Jefferson County, Monterey gets nothing out of playing Cathedral three times.
With three away games and two homes games, if Monterey can sweep at home and grab at least one on the road, they should have a good chance to host a first-round game for the second straight year.
While the offense has been inconsistent, the Lady Wolf defense has been showing up every night.
Monterey's boys are ranked No. 16. I would think winning three of their final five would get the boys hosting for the second straight year, as well.
Last year, both Monterey teams lost out on the road in the first round.
Vidalia High's boys have had a tough time putting the same starting bunch on the floor because of injuries.
Michael Whitley, who averaged 12 points a game last year, suited for only two games after injuring his knee during football. He re-injured it and had surgery earlier this month.
Isiah Thompson missed a couple of games after being poked in the eye during practice. It was tough for Isiah to watch his Viking basketball team fall to Ferriday 64-56 in Ferriday and not just because he was wearing the kind of glasses you usually wear leaving the optometrist's office.
Zalon Parker broke his finger in the Sicily Island Tournament earlier this month.
Vidalia also gets no credit for playing Natchez High and Jefferson County.
"It's still good for us to play them because we see a different kind of style to help get us ready for future opponents," said Vidalia coach Robert Sanders. "And it's a good gate. It's just unfortunate it doesn't count toward our power rating."
Vidalia boys are sitting at No. 42 and have a tough hill to climb to reach the top 32.
The Lady Vikings are at No. 43, ahead of 18 other teams. Considering where this program has been the past few years and the fact they were No. 53 when the season started, that's quite an accomplishment.
The postseason is right around the corner. And if the creeks don't rise and the gyms don't leak, it could be a fun postseason in the Miss-Lou for three or four teams.
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