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2021 State Championship Predictions

Wow we finally made it here after not knowing we would even have a season we at at the last weekend of the season. Only 12 games left of girls basketball to determine who the best of the best are! Big shoutout goes out to LHSAA and pulling this off for our girls this season as over half the state started late and several are still not playing high school basketball even now. I know myself personally really needed this season to help myself and my team get through this global pandemic both physically but more importantly mentally. I'm sure they have taken a lot of heat over the past 12 months but my hat goes off the all the administration involved in pulling off the year of sports for all of our student athletes we really needed this more than ever! So with that being said it's championship weekend so lets get to some predictions, keys and players to watch out for.... we have several familiar teams and familiar faces as many of the teams are back in the hunt from last year!


Class 5A State Championship Game

#12 Benton vs #6 Captain Shreve

Date: March 6th, 2021

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: University Center (Southeastern) - Hammond, LA

Key Players to Watch:


2021 Jada Anderson - ULM Signee / Ranked #16

2022 Riley Grace Standford - Ranked #16

2022 Jada Stewart - Honorable Mention

2022 Ella Kate Malley - Honorable Mention

Captain Shreve

2021 Addison Martin - Abilene Signee / Ranked #4

2021 Kiayra Ellis - Arkansas State Signee / Ranked #15

2021 Jordan Mclemore - Captain Shreve Signee / Ranked #24

Prediction: Captain Shreve wins in a close one.

It's clear district 1-5A is the toughest district as here we are another year the class 5A state champion will come from this district. These teams have already matched up once with Benton winning a back and forth game 39-37 and the second round of district being cancelled due to Covid. I can't start now by picking the underdog and jinxing them but I'll just be a fan of this game as these two great programs compete on the main stage as the last game of the year and they surely will not disappoint!


Class 4A State Championship Game

#1 LaGrange vs #2 Huntington

Date: March 5th, 2021

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: University Center (Southeastern) - Hammond, LA

Key Players to Watch:


2021 Jeriah Warren - Florida Signee / Ranked #1

2021 Aasia Sam - ULM Signee / Ranked #5

2021 Deja Tanks - LSUE Signee / Ranked #39


2021 Taylor Bell - Southeastern Commit / Ranked #17

2022 Chasity Taylor - Honorable Mention

2023 - Samantha Taylor - Honorable Mention

Prediction: Lagrange

The defending state champs are back in the championship game this year after winning its programs first ever state championship just one year ago. If any team has a shot at knocking off the champs it'll be Huntington as they have the ability to turn teams over and create easy points has been a recipe for success. Sprinkle in some Taylor Bell and her ability to play every position on the court and it could put LaGrange on upset alert! The Gators are a seasoned teams with two guards in Warren and Sam headed to the next level so I wouldn't be surprised if the pressure has little affect on them. This is the match up we all figured would happen from the start of the season and may the best team win!


Class 3A State Championship Game

#1 Madison Prep vs #7 Northwest

Date: March 6th, 2021

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: University Center (Southeastern) - Hammond, LA

Key Players to Watch:

Madison Prep

2022 Allasia Washington - Ranked #11

2022 Tijana Abbott - Ranked #9

2022 Kaylen Jack - Ranked #27


2021 Katlyn Manuel - Austin Peay Signee / Ranked #8

2021 Mary Leday - Centenary Signee / Ranked #41

Prediction: Madison Prep

It seems like every year for the past 4 years these two teams are competing for a state championship and they have finally met in the championship game! Both these teams will bring a lot of length and some good guard play. Look for this to be a defensive battle as points will be hard to come by in the lane! I see Madison Prep pulling away late and outlasting a very good Northwest team!


Class 2A State Championship Game

#1 Doyle vs #3 Lake Arthur

Date: March 5th, 2021

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: University Center (Southeastern) - Hammond, LA

Key Players to Watch:


2021 Presleigh Scott - Southeastern Signee / Ranked #19

2021 Elise Jones - Southeastern Signee (softball) / Honorable Mention

Lake Arthur

2021 Deonna Brister - Nicholls Signee / Ranked #10

2022 Kali Hornsby - Honorable Mention

2024 Vivian Sketoe - Ranked #17

Prediction: Lake Arthur

A rematch of last years semifinal matchup.....If you like FAST paced basketball this is the game for you! 2A is the classification where basketball starts to change and really picks up the pace of the game. These two teams are two of the fastest in the state and you'll see that in the game as it'll be a high scoring one! Both teams are lead by division 1 signees in Brister for Lake Arthur and Scott for Doyle who average 20+ points per game. You WILL NOT want to miss this one as there could be 20 lead changes in this back and forth game!


Class 1A State Championship Game

#1 East Iberville vs #3 Northwood-Lena

Date: March 4th, 2021

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: University Center (Southeastern) - Hammond, LA

Key Players to Watch:

East Iberville

2021 Dedreka Wilson - Centenary Signee / Honorable Mention

2022 Taylor Gordon - Honorable Mention


2021 Ayleyah Winn - Ranked #31

2023 Elondra Williams

2024 Rihanna Battles - Honorable Mention

Prediction: East Iberbille

This game could honestly go either way as both teams have really been playing well as of late! The combination of guard play and inside presence has me leaning towards the Tigers but Northwood-Lena has a young lady by the name of Ayleyah Winn who may have other plans!


Class B State Championship Game

#1 Hathaway vs #2 Fairview

Date: March 4th, 2021

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: University Center (Southeastern) - Hammond, LA

Key Players to Watch:


2022 Chloey Guidry - Honorable Mention


2021 Rylee Jinks - Honorable Mention

2022 Rylee Cloud

Prediction: Fairview

The exciting part of this matchup is Coach vs. Former Player. Hathaway's Head Coach Courtnee Young takes on her former coach, Kyle Jinks for the second year in a row, in this state championship match up. Fairview's team, led by Coach Jinks' daughter, will continue their dynasty. Hathaway has made great strides to get to this point, but I believe that Fairview's program is too seasoned. Hathaway is still young and may need one more year, so look for them to be a factor next year and for years to come.


Class C State Championship Game

#4 Reeves vs #2 Hicks

Date: March 5th, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm

Location: University Center (Southeastern) - Hammond, LA

Key Players to Watch:


2021 Claire Dunnehoo

2023 Maddi Ford


2021 Chloe Wilbanks - ULM Commit / Ranked #25

2022 Lauren Quinn - Ranked #7

Prediction: Hicks

Hicks' has a third straight state championship in their sights and Reeves is the only thing standing in their way. Reeves has played well this postseason but I'm not sure they are ready for this next step just yet. Hicks seems to be on a mission and it looks like Wilbanks and Quinn will bing home a 3rd title.


Division I State Championship Game

#1 Mount Carmel Academy vs #2 John Curtis

Date: March 6th, 2021

Time: 2:30 pm

Location: University Center (Southeastern) - Hammond, LA

Key Players to Watch:

Mt. Carmel

2021 Taylor Wilkins - McNeese Signee / Ranked #18

2021 Miranda Strassel - Ranked #43

John Curtis

2024 Terren Coffil - Ranked #1

2021 Jordan Barfield - Ranked #42

2021 Alexis Lavarine - Ranked #45

2024 Heaven Jordan - Ranked #7

Prediction: Mount Carmel

They say it's hard to beat a team three times in one year and with these district rivals facing off for a third time this year both of those previous matchups were won by John Curtis. Another heavy weight fight as both teams deserve to win this championship but there can only be one! John Curtis looks for its 5th straight title and MCA looks to send this group of senior out right this game surely won't disappoint make sure you tune in.


Division II State Championship Game

#1 St. Louis vs #3 Liberty

Date: March 5th, 2021

Time: 2:30 pm

Location: University Center (Southeastern) - Hammond, LA

Key Players to Watch:

St. Louis

2022 Myca Trail - Ranked #3

2023 Paris Guillory - Ranked #2

Liberty Magnet

2021 Haley Franklin - Ranked #29

2022 Ceara Myers - Ranked #19

2024 Whitney Hard - Ranked #12

Prediction: Liberty

With a rematch of the last two championships, I am sure St. Louis has revenge and upset on their minds, but Liberty Magnet still has enough fire power to come away with its 3rd straight title! Look for Liberty's size inside to be the difference in the game on both ends of the floor. If St. Louis can handle the pressure and create some turnovers of their own making this an up and down game they can eliminate Liberty's size scoring easy buckets. The third time they square off could be the best game yet!


Division III State Championship Game

#1 Lafayette Christian Academy vs. #3 St. Thomas Aquinas

Date: March 6th, 2021

Time: 12:00pm

Location: University Center (Southeastern) - Hammond, LA

Key Players to Watch:


2021 Zoe Wiltz - Ranked #26

2021 Monique Patterson - Baton Rouge CC Signee / Ranked #28

2024 Jada Richard - Ranked #2


2021 Jade Brumfield - Southeastern Signee / Ranked #22

2021 Halle Bouffard

Prediction: Lafayette Christian Academy

Another rematch of last years state championship which saw STA come away with a win I think LCA happens to be the favorite this year. Jade Brumfield of STA will be able to keep it close but LCA has to much depth and freshman guard Jada Richard is playing really at an elite level!


Division IV State Championship Game

#1 Ouachita Christian vs #2 Highland Baptist

Date: March 4th, 2021

Time: 2:30 pm

Location: University Center (Southeastern) - Hammond, LA

Key Players to Watch:

Ouachita Christian

2021 Conleigh Laseter

2022 Avery Hopkins

2022 Jayden Ellerman

Highland Baptist

2021 Marin Barras

2022 Bri Sensley

2024 M'Kiyiah Olivier - Ranked #20

Prediction: Ouachita Christian


Division V State Championship Game

#1 University Academy vs #3 Claiborne Christian

Date: March 4th, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm

Location: University Center (Southeastern) - Hammond, LA

Key Players to Watch:

Univ Academy

2021 Jordan Semones

Family Community

2023 Lainee McCain

Prediction: University Academy

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