All eight local prep basketball squads will play at home tonight with multiple schools holding Senior Night ceremonies to honor these upperclassmen in the last home regular season game of their basketball careers.
At Central Catholic, tonight’s matchups are even more meaningful, because it will be the last time that the Eagles and Lady Eagles will play a regular season basketball game in the Sam A. Siracusa Community Center, also known as the Matchbox. Beginning this coming fall, both squads will play in the gym under construction just east of the Matchbox.
Both CCHS squads will hit the court tonight against district rival Hanson Memorial of Franklin and will look to keep their District 8-1A championship hopes alive.
If both squads win tonight, it will set up a showdown Monday against Vermilion Catholic in Abbeville for the district championship.
Earlier this season on the road against Hanson, the Lady Eagles came away with an 80-46 victory.
“We are excited to play our last regular season home game tonight and are looking forward to a competitive match up between us and Hanson,” CCHS Lady Eagles coach Kindra Halverson said.
In the boys’ matchup, the Eagles will face a Hanson Tigers’ squad that Central Catholic beat handily, 85-47, earlier this year in Franklin.
“We have a one game lead in district, and we have to win tonight to keep that lead,” CCHS coach Ree Case said.
CCHS will honor its five seniors, Lloyd Grogan, Jovon Johnson, Kendall Robinson, Tyler Louviere and Conner LeBlanc, tonight.
However, Case said, “It is important that we don’t get caught up in the emotion of the game and play well.”
All CCHS alumni and current and former boosters are encouraged to attend.
Girls’ varsity action will begin at 5:30 p.m. with boys’ varsity to follow.
Berwick Panthers, Lady Panthers hosts Abbeville
The Berwick Panthers will look to avenge its first round District 9-3A matchup with Abbeville when the Panthers host the Wildcats tonight.
In the first matchup this season, the Wildcats defeated the Panthers, 79-23. Berwick coach John Menard said his squad hasn’t played well lately but is happy to be back at home for district action.
“We know Abbeville is extremely athletic and talented, so we will need to slow the game down and play smart, fundamental basketball,” Menard said.
Berwick also will honor its lone senior, Joe Francois.
“He is a great kid, and I think the rest of the guys will want to play well to make it a great night for him,” Menard said.
In the girls’ game, the Lady Panthers will host the Abbeville Wildcats, who defeated the Lady Panthers, 59-28, earlier this season.
MCHS to host
The Morgan City Tigers and Lady Tigers will host Assumption High School tonight in the Morgan City squads’ District 8-4A finales.
In their first matchup earlier this season, the Tigers defeated the Mustangs, 49-42.
In the girls’ game, the Lady Tigers will try to avenge a 65-21 loss to the Lady Mustangs during the first round of district play.
The Lady Tigers will be playing the highly regarded Mustangs without the services of three starters. Morgan City coach Duriel Singleton said one of the starters is injured and the other two are suspended.
“We’re going to go out and play as hard as we can and finish our season with our heads up,” Singleton said.
Singleton said freshman Casey Chenevert and sophomore Kaylynn Washington will have to play smart basketball against a solid group of Assumption seniors.
Action will begin with junior varsity boys’ action at 5 p.m. followed by varsity girls at 6 p.m. and varsity boys at 7:30 p.m.
’Jacks, ’Jills to
The Patterson Lumberjacks and Lumberjills will resume District 9-3A action tonight when they host the Kaplan Pirates and Lady Pirates.
The ’Jacks will look to get back to their winning ways after falling to New Iberia, 46-43, on Tuesday in non-district action.
Earlier this season, the ’Jacks defeated the Pirates, 65-47.
In the girls’ game, the ’Jills will look to avenge an earlier season 48-42 loss to the Lady Pirates.
“Tonight should be a very good game,” Patterson coach LaGenia Darnell said. “Both teams will be ready to play each other. It’s senior night so I know my seniors are going to be ready to play and give it their all.”