Lady Eagles earn first playoff victory in 22 years

Andrew Green
Robbi Seneca (1) and Grace Robichaux (10)

It has been a season of curse lifting for the St. John Lady Eagles as they begin their postseason campaign with their first playoff victory in 22 season.

The St. John Lady Eagles wrapped up the regular season with a 12-13 overall record and a 5-7 record in district play.  This season alone the Lady Eagles have won their first district matchup in three seasons, earned their first playoff berth in six season and now have claimed their first playoff win in over two decades.

SJHS finished fourth overall in 6-1A, behind leader Southern Lab, Ascension Christian and parish rival White Castle, respectively.

St. John earned themselves the 14th seed in the Division IV LHSAA playoffs, good enough to open their campaign with a home game.  SJHS hosted 19-seeded St. Martin’s Episcopal Tuesday night and came away with a blowout win 52-25.

Robbi Seneca was the lead scorer in the win with 18 points, followed by Grace Robichaux with 13 and Madison Young with nine.

Seneca also lead in rebounds with seven, followed by Elizabeth Bueche with six and Hanna Hargrove with five.  Robichaux racked up four steals.

“We had to work hard to win that game,” head coach Cindy Prouty said.  “It wasn’t our best game, but it was good enough.  Everyone got to play so everyone contributed.

“I’m very proud of this team’s heart and drive.  They have had to endure a lot of disappointment over the past several years, and I’m excited to see them feel the success that they have worked so hard for.”

The St. John Lady Eagles are focusing up on their second round matchup against three-seeded Lafayette Christian, set to tip off Feb. 20.