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2022 Select State Championship Predictions


It's been a great year of basketball here in Louisiana as things are coming to an end on another great season. We've got a ton of quarterfinal action taking place tonight for the non-select schools but our focus will be on the select state championships as we're down to only five games left! It's championship weekend as over the next two days the LHSAA will crown five new state champions and without future ado 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!

 

Division I State Championship Game

#1 John Curtis vs #3 McKinley

Date: February 25th, 2022

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Alario Center - New Orleans, LA


Key Players to Watch:


John Curtis

2024 Terren Coffil - Ranked #2

2024 Heaven Jordan - Ranked #5

2026 Chikae Desdunes - Middle School Watch List

2026 Ke'Sonja Nelson - Middle School Watch List


McKinley

2024 - Ty'Reona Sibley - Ranked #21

2024 - Gabrielle Lathers - Ranked #19

2025 - Paige Hawkins - Ranked #20

2025 - Miyanah Booker - Honorable Mention


Prediction: John Curtis

Just take a second and look at all the talented young players that will be in this game... This could be a match up that we see for years to come and is certain to be a great game on Friday night! I'm excited to see how McKinley handles the pressure that John Curtis is able to put on them with the man to man defense. I believe John Curtis has enough guard play to break McKinley's press but they will certainly have to shoot better from the field than they did tonight to come up with a victory. John Curtis pulls it out to win a sixth straight state championship!!!


 

Division II State Championship Game

#1 St. Louis vs #3 St. Thomas More

Date: February 24th, 2022

Time: 5:15 pm

Location: Alario Center - New Orleans, LA

Key Players to Watch:


St. Louis

2022 Myca Trail - Ranked #3 - ULM Signee

2023 Paris Guillory - Ranked #2

2023 Gabbie Link - Honorable Mention


St. Thomas More

2023 AC Froehlich - Ranked #28

2022 Sophie Perkins - Ranked #64

2022 Izzy Carter - Honorable Mention


Prediction: St. Louis Catholic

St. Louis will be the clear favorite in this one but a rematch of last years semifinal matchup that came down to a 7 point game could be closer than some would expect! Both top players for each team played extremely well in the semifinals therefore it'll be a test of who can slow down the opponent. STM is going to have to hit several 3pt shots in order to keep pace in this one but I believe St. Louis' Trail and Guillory will be too much and St. Louis Catholic will claim its second state championship winning back to back!












 

Division III State Championship Game

#1 Lafayette Christian Academy vs. #2 Episcopal

Date: February 25th, 2022

Time: 4:30 pm

Location: Alario Center - New Orleans, LA


Key Players to Watch:


Lafayette Christian Academy

2024 Jada Richard - Ranked #1

2022 Monae Duffy - Honorable Mention

2024 Eve Alexander - Ranked #10

2024 Indeara Hebert - Ranked #30

2025 Taelyn Taylor - Honorable Mention


Episcopal

2022 Izzy Besselman - Ranked #24 - LSU Walk-On


Prediction: Lafayette Christian Academy

Another year and another year of LCA in the state championship game after a dominate performance over St. Thomas Aquinas the Knights of Episcopal will have their hands full tomorrow night. Episcopal has made history with its first trip to the state championship but they still have some fight in them and will keep it close early before LCA pulls away as Jada Richard is playing at another level right now!




 

Division IV State Championship Game

#5 Southern Lab vs #2 Cedar Creek

Date: February 24th, 2022

Time: 2:30 pm

Location: Alario Center - New Orleans, LA


Key Players to Watch:


Southern Lab

2025 Shaila Forman - Ranked #2

2025 Madison Alcerro - Ranked #28


Cedar Creek

2022 Sarah Adams - Honorable Mention


Prediction: Cedar Creek

This is probably the game I'm looking forward to the most and it kicks off the state championship presentations today at 2:30pm. I'm excited from an evaluator standpoint to see the young Southern Lab team and how they handle the big stage. Along with the seasoned Cedar Creek squad lead by senior Sarah Adams the phone has been buzzing about her triple double performance so we're excited to see how she performs verse Southern Labs pressure man to man defense! Cedar Creek and the experience get the nod here as they execute down the stretch and win a close one!



 

Division V State Championship Game

#4 St. Joseph's Plaucheville vs #2 Claiborne Christian

Date: February 24th, 2022

Time: 8:00 pm

Location: Alario Center - New Orleans, LA


Key Players to Watch:


St. Joseph's Plaucheville

2023 Natalie Valois - Put up a near triple double last game with 15rebs, 10 ast and 4pts

2024 Stella Pilgreen - Was leading scorer in the semifinal game



Claiborne Christian

2023 Lexy Robinson -

2025 Allie Wainwright -


Prediction: Claiborne Christian

This game will be back and forth but I've got to lean to the size of Claiborne Christian and the twin towers of Robinson and Wainwright. It's very difficult to find one big at this lower classification level let alone two. St. Joseph's is on a historic run and they still have a great shot at winning but the inside presence will be to consistent for Claiborne Christian as they pull away down the stretch to win the title!





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