State Championship Predictions

Updated: May 22



Class 5A State Championship Game

#1 Ouachita vs #2 Benton

Date: March 6th, 2020

Time: 8:00 pm

Location: Burton Coliseum - Lake Charles, LA

Key Players to Watch:

Ouachita

2020 Lafeadria Green

2020 Tia Perry


Benton

2020 Qua Chambers - ULM Signee

2021 Jada Anderson


Prediction: Ouachita wins in a close one.

Third time these two face each other after meeting twice early in the regular season. They split both matchups. While Benton's experienced guard play, led by ULM signee (Chambers) will surely keep them in the game, I think Ouachita Parish's size and depth will edge out a win to bring them their first state championship since 1953.




Class 4A State Championship Game

#1 LaGrange vs #6 Warren Easton

Date: March 7th, 2020

Time: 8:00 pm

Location: Burton Coliseum - Lake Charles, LA

Key Players to Watch:

LaGrange

2020 Nadailyn Carter

2020 Alona Gray

2021 Jeriah Warren

2021 Aasia Sam


Warren Easton

2020 Skylar Davis

2021 Breanna Sutton


Prediction: Lagrange

Coach Mimms has Warren Easton with another deep run. He definitely has made a case for being the best coach in the state for this year's run along with runs made in recent seasons. I'm looking forward to the matchup between two top-10 members of the 2021 class, Breanna Sutton and Jeriah Warren. Although they probably won't guard each other much due to defensive schemes, I am interested in seeing how they both lead their teams on this big stage. Warren Easton is trying to win their 3rd consecutive state championship. Despite the gap in championship experience, I believe Lagrange finds a way to finally win that coveted state championship.



Class 3A State Championship Game

#2 Mansfield vs #4 Booker T. Washington

Date: March 7th, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Burton Coliseum - Lake Charles, LA

Key Players to Watch:

Booker T. Washington

2020 Ranae Tumblin

2022 Imani Rothschild


Mansfield

2020 Kahia Warmsley - Southern Miss Signee


Prediction: Booker T. Washington

Coach Reed's style of play has Booker T. Washington poised for what some would say is an upset. Their press will force the ball out of Warmsley's hands, forcing someone else to beat them. This game will feature heavy guard play. Should be an interesting one. But I believe that Booker T will force enough turnovers to pull this one off.











Class 2A State Championship Game

#1 Doyle vs #2 Red River

Date: March 7th, 2020

Time: 4:00 pm

Location: Burton Coliseum - Lake Charles, LA

Key Players to Watch:

Doyle

2021 Presleigh Scott

2020 Meghan Watson


Red River

2020 Morgan Payne - Bossier Parish Community College

2020 Makaila Lewis - Bossier Parish Community College

2021 Kaitlyn Antilley


Prediction: Red River

I always look forward to the 2A state championship because of the great mixture between small town basketball and a few college prospects, which is exactly what we have in this match up! It seems like both teams have been gearing up for this state championship run for the past few years and they both deserve this opportunity. I believe Red River's guard play will be able to handle Doyle's relentless pressure and they find a way to stay composed on this grand stage bringing home a long awaited championship!




Class 1A State Championship Game

#1 North Central vs #6 Delhi

Date: March 7th, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: Burton Coliseum - Lake Charles, LA

Key Players to Watch:

Delhi

2020 Tasionna McDowell - ULM Signee


North Central

2022 Ya'Jaia Goudeau


Prediction: North Central

North Central is prepared for this championship because Coach Taylor did a great job scheduling this season, which is her 23rd year as head coach. They played a number of big 4A and 5A teams, which will help prepare them for Delhi's size, which is abnormally big for a 1A team. Delhi will look to avenge it's State Championship runner-up finish from a year ago. I believe that Delhi will fall short once again.



Class B State Championship Game

#1 Fairview vs #2 Hathaway

Date: March 6th, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Burton Coliseum - Lake Charles, LA

Key Players to Watch:

Fairview

2020 Laynee Jinks


Hathaway

2020 Chloey Guidry


Prediction: Fairview wins

The exciting part of this matchup is Coach vs. Former Player. Hathaway's Head Coach Courtnee Young takes on her former coach, Kyle Jinks, 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 super young, so look for them to be a factor for years to come.




Class C State Championship Game

#2 Hicks vs #4 Plainview

Date: March 6th, 2020

Time: 4:00 pm

Location: Burton Coliseum - Lake Charles, LA

Key Players to Watch:

Hicks

2021 Chloe Wilbanks

2022 Lauren Quinn


Plainview

2020 Kinsley Ashworth



Prediction: Hicks is going to win

Hicks' 2022 Lauren Quinn introduced herself to everyone with a 30 point, 15 rebound performance in the semifinal game. Although the 2022 rankings have yet to be released, she confirms to me that she belongs in the Top 25 (which will be released on March 15th). Hicks' lone loss comes to one the top teams in the state, LaGrange, which was on the road and only a two point loss. They are poised to win the State Championship





Division I State Championship Game

#1 John Curtis vs #2 Mount Carmel Academy

Date: March 7th, 2020

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: 10931 Jefferson Hwy River Ridge, LA

Key Players to Watch:

John Curtis

2020 Jerkaila Jordan - Tulane Signee

2024 Terren Cofil


Mt. Carmel

2021 Taylor Wilkins

2021 Miranda Strassel


Prediction: John Curtis

Coach Jamie Thomatis, in my opinion, is one the most underrated coaches in the state. Mount Carmel is always well coached. They held McKinley, a team with two top-4 players in the 2020 class, to 31 points in the semifinals game. Now they look to keep the recently announced Gatorade Player of the year, John Curtis' Jerkaila Jordan, top player in the 2020 class, in check. Coach Thomatis is going to need one helluva game-plan to keep John Curtis from winning its fourth consecutive state championship. With this game being at John Curtis, I see John Curtis cutting down the nets.



Division II State Championship Game

#1 Lee Magnet vs #2 St. Louis

Date: March 7th, 2020

Time: 4:00 pm

Location: Lee Magnet - Baton Rouge, LA

Key Players to Watch:


Lee Magnet

2020 Diamond Hunter - Sam Houston signee

2020 Iviona Hatch

2020 A'niya Lagarde


St. Louis

2020 Ananya Turner

2022 Myca Trail

2023 Paris Guillory


Prediction: Lee Magnet will win

With a rematch of the 2019 state championship, I am sure St. Louis has revenge and upset on their minds, but Lee Magnet will have too much fire power. Lee Magnet's Diamond Hunter, one the top guards in the 2020 class, and her senior led cast will be locked in for their last home game at Lee Magnet. However St. Louis has a young group, and will be a force for years to come. This gym will be electric!



Division III State Championship Game

#1 St. Thomas Aquinas vs #2 Lafayette Christian Academy

Date: March 7th, 2020

Time:

Location: St. Thomas Aquinas

Key Players to Watch:

STA

2021 Jaylyn James

2021 Jade Brumfield


LCA

2020 Tamera Johnson - Louisiana Lafayette (signee)

2020 Autumn Chassion

2021 Z. Wiltz


Prediction: Lafayette Christian Academy

I believe Lafayette Christian will go on the road to win its fourth straight title which will give LCA's seniors have a record of 126-10. STA's Jaylyn James and Jade Brumfield will give LCA all that they can handle, but the overall depth from the Knights will be too much for STA.





Division IV State Championship Game

#1 Ouachita Christian vs #2 St. Mary's

Date: March 7th, 2020

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Ouachita Christian School - Monroe, LA

Key Players to Watch:

Ouachita Christian

2021 Conleigh Laster


St Mary's

2020 Maria Bienvenu


Prediction: Ouachita Christian

Ouachita Christian will end their perfect season with a Championship title. Ouchita Christian will prevail after falling short in last year's semifinal game.




Division V State Championship Game

#1 University Academy vs #2 Family Community

Date: March 6th, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: University Academy - Alexandria, LA

Key Players to Watch:

Univ Academy

2021 Jordan Semones


Family Community

2023 Lainee McCain


Prediction: University Academy




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