The Brusly Lady Panthers appear headed to their first playoff berth in two years, while a slim chance remains for the Port Allen Lady Pelicans.
The Lady Panthers posted a win over St. Charles and dropped a game against St. James, while the Lady Pelicans split their week with a win over St. Charles and loss to Donaldsonville.
Regular season ends Friday when Port Allen hosts Brusly in a second-round showdown at 7 p.m. .
A win could give the Lady Panthers added momentum as they aproach the post-season run. A Port Allen victory -- coupled with a few other 3A losses -- could PAHS (11-14, 3-4) inch into the playoff race.
The Lady Panthers opened the week in a 56-41 loss to St. James. The Lady Panthers came out cold the first half, falling behind 11-7 in the first quarter and trailing 23-12 at the half.
Brusly picked up steam in the second half, playing the Lady Wildcats to a 17-15 run in the thiird quarter. St. James outscored BHS by two in the final stanza.
Shedricka Pierson led the Lady Panthers with 15 points, while Madison LaPrairie had eight. Donkita Williams, Akiya Thymes and Kelsey Parker had six apiece.
Nytania Joseph and Kaitlyn Bartholomeau powered St. James with 22 and 20, respectively.
Brusly moved forward with a 53-26 win over St. Charles in action Friday. A 21-point rally in the fourth quarter propelled the Brusly win.
The Lady Panthers opened to a 12-3 lead in the first quarter and a 17-12 advantage at the half.
Brusly scored 15 points in the third quarter to keep the Lady Comets out of reach.
Wiliams and Thymes paced Brusly with 15 points a piece. LaPrairie had nine points, while Pierson and Parker had four a piece.
Port Allen dominated St. Charles in the first half, en route to a 41-24 victory.
The Lady Pels chalked a 15-3 lead in the first quarter and led 23-14 at the half. Port Allen kept the pace in the third quarter with 14 points. SCHS outscored PAHS 6-4 in the final quarter.
Rhecie Lee and J’Myreyhea Douglas led Port Allen with 18 and 17 points, respectively.
Trouble at the free throw line hampered Port Allen in a 45-38 loss Friday.
The Lady Pelicans finished 9-for=24 at the line.
“That has accounted for all of our district losses,” coach Demetrius White said. “Even with bad plays or missed layups, I can always go back to free throws as the biggest problem.
“We’re looking at about eight games we lost on free throws,” he said. “That would be a pretty good record if we had the free throws. Everyone makes mistakes, but it’s really frustrating.”