Aggies advance; Tigers, Panthers fall in playoffs

By T. Scott Boatright

WESTON — Out of Lincoln Parish’s three smaller school teams competing in girls high school playoff action Thursday, Choudrant is the only one moving on to the second round.

The Lady Aggies used a strong start to build an early advantage and held on from there as Choudrant went on the road and defeated District 1-B foe 53-44.

Nineteenth-seeded Choudrant dominated the first eight minutes, heading into the second quarter with a 15-1 advantage.

The Lady Aggies pushed that lead to 27-12 by halftime, and then had to hang on after Weston outscored them 15-8 in the third stanza to cut the CHS lead to 35-27 heading into the final eight minutes.

In a hard-fought fourth quarter, Choudrant outscored the Lady Wolves 18-17 to move on and earn a second-round berth at third-seeded Florien, which had an opening-round bye.

“”We played pretty well throughout,” said CHS coach Geoffrey Underwood. “Defensively it was one of the better games we’ve played lately. (Weston) got a little hot in the third quarter and we were able to fend it off and hold out for the win.”

Kylie Portilloz led Choudrant with 21 points on the night. Mattie Johnson added 11 points for the Lady Aggies while Aly Thomas, Jordan Tate and Zoey Smith chipped in with six points each.

Choudrant, 18-13, will next play at third-seeded Florien at 6 p.m. on Monday.

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East Beauregard 63, Lincoln Prep 38

DERIDDER — Sometimes a game can be decided in a matter of minutes, as the Lincoln Preparatory School Lady Panthers found out Thursday night.

After a solid start the Lady Panthers struggled in the second stanza, giving the Lady Trojans a lead they’d hold the rest of the way.

“We were down 12-6 but still in it, but they just took it to us in the second quarter,” said Lincoln Prep coach Fred Hearne. “We were up 6-3 to start the game. Then their press got to us. The quarters were pretty much equal in the second half, but they outscored us big in that second quarter and we couldn’t recover.”

Tarmara Owens led Lincoln Prep, which finished at 5-19 on the season, while Tiyan Heard added 11 points for the Lady Panthers.

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Anacoco 93, Simsboro 34

ANACOCO — Simsboro’s Ikeia Brown had scored 40 or more points in multiple games this season.

That let Anacoco know just who it had to stop in a first-round Class 1-B home playoff game Thursday night.

And the ninth-seeded Lady Indians did just that, taking control early en route to the big win over 24th-seeded Simsboro.

Brown finished with 15 points while Imani Dean double-doubled for the Lady Tigers, scoring 18 points and adding 11 rebounds.


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