Predicting every 2022 LHSAA high school girls basketball state champion

Girls basketball is heading into the second week of the LHSAA playoffs and as the competition gets tighter across the state, Louisiana high school sports writers in the USA Today Sports Network make their state championship predictions.

Class 5A

LaMar Gafford: Ponchatoula: Tulane signee Jaylee Womack leads the Lady Wave to a ring over Parkway and Mikaylah Williams.

Emely Hernandez: Ruston: The Bearcats have been on a win streak since Jan. 4 and have West Alabama signee Kiona McCalister.  

Koki Riley: Walker: Walker has lost just once this season; on the second night of a back-to-back to St. Louis Catholic.

Ethan Sands: Walker: A team effort will help Walker slow down Parkway's Mikaylah Williams just enough to take the title.

Chris Singleton: Walker: Parkway’s Mikaylah Williams is one of the nation’s top players, but Walker has dominated competition as one of the state’s top teams.

Jimmy Watson: Parkway. The Lady Panthers have the No. 1 junior in the country in Mikaylah Williams, who can’t be stopped.

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Class 4A

Gafford: Warren Easton: The title goes back to the Lady Eagles, thanks to Louisiana commitment Imani Rothschild.

Hernandez: Bastrop:  Bastrop has yet to lose to a 4A school and has proven it is dangerous once it gets the ball moving. 

Riley: Bastrop: Bastrop started the season 17-0 and hasn't lost to a 4A school.

Sands: Warren Easton: The state champion continues its streak of championship titles.

Singleton: Warren Easton: Warren Easton is the favorite to continue its recent run of state championships in 4A.

Watson: Warren Easton: Easton is led by dynamite point guard Kameryn Washington and should roll.

Class 3A

Gafford: Madison Prep: The Lady Chargers hoist the Class 3A title with their trio of seniors, led by Southeastern commitment Allasia Washington.

Hernandez: Wossman: Momentum from being unbeaten since early January will drive Wossman to a championship title.

Riley: Wossman: Wossman hasn't lost since Jan. 3 and went undefeated in district play.

Sands: Wossman: Following the trend from January, Wossman will continue to succeed and win the title.

Singleton: Brusly: The Lady Panthers are a strong team that will be hard to beat.

Watson: Mansfield: A darkhorse selection at No. 6, but no one plays defense better than a Kendra Neal-coached team.

Class 2A

Gafford: Amite: Hard to pick against Avoyelles Charter and Lakeview from my area, but the Lady Warriors have one of the best in the state in Southeastern commitment Jalencia Pierre.

Hernandez: Amite: The No. 1 seed has dropped just two games this season to 5A schools.

Riley: Amite: Amite's only defeats this season came against Class 5A opponents. 

Sands: Amite: Amite is the No. 1 seed for a reason and will take home the 5A title.

Singleton: Amite: Amite has dominated competition all season and should continue to roll in Class 2A playoffs.

Watson: Lakeview: Can anyone slow down Janaiya Fisher and Timberlyn Washington? We think not.

Class 1A

Gafford: Northwood-Lena: The Lady Gators avenge last season’s title game loss and slow down North Central’s Yajaia Goudeau.

Hernandez: Northwood-Lena: Northwood-Lena only fell to one 2A school and hasn't lost since early December. 

Riley: Northwood-Lena: At 30-1, Northwood-Lena's only loss came to Class 2A state title contender Lakeview. 

Sands: Northwood-Lena: The Lady Gators are having a historic season with a chip on their shoulder from last year and will finish the job in the state championship game.

Singleton: Northwood-Lena: Northwood-Lena has built one of the top programs in Class 1A and should have the edge over North Central.

Watson: Northwood-Lena: Na’Kiyah Allen and Rihanna Battles give NW a tough one-two punch.

Class B

Gafford: Hathaway: Former Fairview player Courtnee’ Young finally defeats her old coach Kyle Jinks in the third try.

Hernandez: Hathaway: In the past six games Hathaway has won by at least double of their opponents' score. 

Riley: Hathaway: Hathaway has scored over 80 points in six of its last seven games.

Sands: Hathaway: Hathaway's scoring outbursts continue into the state tournament.

Singleton: Hathaway: Hathaway will have a shot to get revenge on Fairview after that Class B state championship loss last season.

Watson: Florien: Maybe the Black Cats aren’t the No. 1 seed, but they know how to win state titles.

Class C

Gafford: Hicks: The loss of a gym and practicing outside on dirt has not stopped the Lady Pirates and Nicholls signee Lauren Quinn.

Hernandez: Hicks: Hicks is consistent on the court and has not lost to a Class C team. 

Riley: Hicks: Hicks has surrendered less than 45 points in each of its last eight games.

Sands: Hicks: Hicks' defense and Lauren Quinn-led offense will push the team to a Class C title. 

Singleton: Hicks: Hicks is the most complete team in Class C and should have no problem defending its state championship.

Watson: Gibsland-Coleman: Samora Sampson is the best freshman we’ve seen in a while and she has a good supporting cast.

Division I 

Gafford: John Curtis: The Lady Patriots’ sophomore-laden backcourt Terran Coffil and Heaven Jordan will be too tough for teams to handle.

Hernandez: John Curtis:  Heavy defense by the Lady Patriots hold their opponents to less than 60 points in 2022. 

Riley: John Curtis: John Curtis dominated C.E. Byrd in the quarterfinals and has given up less than 60 points in every game in 2022.

Sands: John Curtis: John Curtis' defense and young backcourt gives the team an edge in the Division I playoffs.

Singleton: John Curtis: John Curtis has the talent and depth to beat every team in Division I.

Watson: John Curtis: The Lady Patriots are top ranked for a reason and Terran Coffil will make sure it wins.

Division II

Gafford: St. Louis Catholic: The duo of senior Myca Trail (ULM commitment) and junior Paris Guillory will be too much for teams to handle.

Hernandez: St. Louis Catholic: Undefeated against district opponents and lots of talent seals the Division II title. 

Riley: St. Louis Catholic:  St. Louis Catholic went undefeated in district play and beat Class 5A state title contender Lafayette.

Sands: St. Louis Catholic: Myca Trail and Paris Guillory have led St. Louis Catholic to be undefeated in district and its success will continue.

Singleton: St. Louis Catholic: Paris Guillory and Myca Trail are tough to beat when they get momentum.

Watson: St. Louis Catholic: Thanks to ULM commit Myca Trail SLC is unstoppable.

Division III

Gafford: Lafayette Christian: Lady Knight sophomore Jada Richard continues to build her résumé as one of the top players in the state, regardless of class.

Hernandez: Lafayette Christian:  Lafayette Christian rolled though St. Mary's 91-21 to get to the semi-final. 

Riley: Lafayette Christian: Lafayette Christian scored 91 points over St. Mary's Academy to reach the semifinals.

Sands: Lafayette Christian: Jada Richard will add another accolade with Lafayette Christian. 

Singleton: Lafayette Christian: Lafayette Christian knows how to win state championships and shouldn’t have a problem adding another to its collection.

Watson: Lafayette Christian: Sophomore point guard Jada Richard gives LC a solid chance at the title.

Division IV

Gafford: Ouachita Christian: The Lady Eagles finally got their rings last year and will not have to wait nearly as long to win their second.

Hernandez: Cedar Creek: With shooter Sarah Adams on the court the Cougars have steamrolled through opponents. 

Riley: Cedar Creek: Cedar Creek has scored 164 points in its last two games to reach the state semifinals.

Sands: Cedar Creek: Sarah Adams highlights Cedar Creek's offense will lead it to back-to-back Division IV state championships.

Singleton: Ouachita Christian: OCS should have enough to defend its state championship in Division IV.

Watson: Cedar Creek: Sarah Adams’ 21 points per game make the Lady Cougars formidable.

Division V

Gafford: Family Christian: The Lady Flames are the most consistent team in this bracket.

Hernandez: Family Christian:  Family Christian started off the playoffs holding Christ Episcopal to just six points. 

Riley: Family Christian: Family Christian held Christ Episcopal School to six points in the quarterfinals last week.

Sands: Family Christian: Family Christian's defense is impenetrable and will pose tough matchups in the playoffs. 

Singleton: Family Christian: There are a lot of good teams in Division V but Family Christian is the team to beat.

Watson: Family Christian: The No. 1 seed allowed just six points in the opener. Enough said.