PSHS, WCHS, EIHS advance to LHSAA boys basketball playoffs

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
Donald Ray Johnson, Doug Schultz and Troy Green. 
POST SOUTH PHOTOS/Peter Silas Pasqua

PLAQUEMINE - Plaquemine, White Castle and East Iberville each earned boys basketball postseason berths when brackets were released Monday.

The Green Devils (19-10) won the District 6-4A title with a 7-1 mark and return to the postseason after a one-year absence earning the No. 18 seed in Class 4A. Plaquemine will travel to 15th seeded Opelousas on Friday at 7 p.m. in bi-district play. The victor moves on to face the winner of No. 2 East Jefferson and 31st seeded Lakeshore Tuesday in the regionals.

“We are ready to play,” Plaquemine coach Donald Ray Johnson said. “We have unfinished business and want to go deep into the playoffs. We feel like we can win it all and can compete with anybody.

“We felt like we should have been a higher seed but we can’t control that. We didn’t win quality games early and some other teams did. We are looking to play five games and you have to go on the road sooner or later.”

The Bulldogs (16-11) also won the District 8-1A title with a perfect 10-0 record and return to the postseason on an 11-game winning streak following a quarterfinal run a year ago. White Castle drew the No. 10 seed in Class 1A and will host 23rd seed Ringgold on Friday night at 7 p.m. The winner moves on to face the victor of No. 7 Grambling and No. 26 Montgomery on Tuesday.

“You just have to take it one game at a time and our kids understand that you can’t afford to not have a good game because if you are off, you have to hang your uniforms up,” White Castle coach Troy Green said. “We are really weary of this team because we were in the same spot as them last year and knocked off a higher seed in the first round. They have five teams from their district in the playoffs so you know they have seen some good basketball.

“We have a rich history here and our goal is to etch our names in it and keep the legacy going. We don’t want to be remembered for getting knocked out early. We want to do something good.”

The Tigers (13-16) drew the No. 21 seed in Class 1A and will travel to 12th seeded La. New Tech - Plain Dealing on Friday night after advancing to the regionals a year ago. The winner faces the victor of No. 5 Christian Life and No. 28 Hanson Memorial in the second round.

“With the young players that we have, we are starting to develop some cohesiveness,” East Iberville coach Doug Schultz said. “I think we have a great chance of going up there and pulling a upset. We want to show our district is just as strong as theirs and are not playing around.”