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:

Benton

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:

LaGrange

2021 Jeriah Warren - Florida Signee / Ranked #1

2021 Aasia Sam - ULM Signee / Ranked #5

2021 Deja Tanks - LSUE Signee / Ranked #39


Huntington

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


Northwest

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:


Doyle

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


Northwood-Lena

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:

Hathaway

2022 Chloey Guidry - Honorable Mention


Fairview

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.