E.D. White @ Crowley
Crowley High enters tonight’s 7 o’clock home playoff game against E.D. White as the No. 15 seed in Class AAA with an overall record of 20-9.
The Gents started the season with a bang, going 7-0 before slumping with a 3-7 mark over the next 10 games.
Two home losses during the first half of District 5-AAA play put Crowley in an early hole, but the Gents responded by winning their final six games and sweeping the second half of their league slate. That included a rare 44-42 road victory over league champion Northwest. The loss was the Raiders’ first district defeat on their home court in five years.
E.D. White enters the game as the No. 18 seed after finishing the regular season with a record of 15-8. The Cardinals were the District 7-AAA runnersup behind No. 3 seed Patterson.
E.D. White played Patterson close in both of its league matchups, losing by just 10 points each time. The Cardinals also gave No. 7 seed Port Allen a run for its money early in the season, losing by just three, 52-49.
The winner of tonight’s contest more than likely will get No. 2 seed Vidalia on Tuesday in the second round.
Negreet @ Midland
Midland enters tonight’s Class B bi-district contest against Negreet on a hot steak, having not lost a game in 2009.
The Rebels (30-5) were last defeated on Dec. 30, 2008 by Abbeville, Class AAAA’s No. 8 seed, in the finals of the Midland Holiday Spectacular Tournament, 55-52.
Midland’s other four losses all occurred early in the season and all were close games against quality opponents. The Rebels fell to No. 6 Bell City in the second game of the season before cruising past the Bruins three times after that. They also lost to No. 4 Fairview and No. 14 Pitkin on the road before dropping a 61-50 loss to Class AAA’s No. 15 seed Crowley in the Notre Dame Tournament on Nov. 19.
Since the start of 2009, Midland has reeled off 12 straight victories and is averaging just over 51 points per game during that time.
Negreet, which finished fourth in District 4-B, slipped into the playoffs as the No. 30 seed with a record of 14-22. Four of their 14 victories were against Class C’s Ebarb, which finished the season with just three wins. One of those wins was against Negreet.
The winner of tonight’s contest will take on either Pitkin or Mt. Hermon in a regional contest Tuesday.
Plainview @ Northside
Northside Christian, runnersup in District 7-C, earned the No. 14 seed in Class C and will host a familiar foe in No. 19 seed Plainview tonight at 7 o’clock.
Northside (17-16) hosted Plainview back on Nov. 18, 2008, taking a 66-52 victory over the Hornets.
The winner of the Northside-Plainview matchup will play in the second round Tuesday against the winner of tonight’s Pleasant Hill-First Baptist contest.