The Hahnville Lady Tigers will face off against Mandeville tonight after a week that saw them beat rival Destrehan 39-36, but fall to Dutchtown in the district championship.
Against Destrehan, Hahnville jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the first quarter, but saw their advantage slip some after the Lady Wildcats outscored them 10-6 in the second.
The Lady Wildcats once again got the better of Hahnville in the third quarter, 13-12, but the Lady Tigers held on to a slim 28-27 lead heading into the final period.
And like they have done all season, the Lady Tigers applied the defensive pressure down the stretch to outlast Destrehan 39-36.
Though the Lady Tigers got the best of Destrehan, they couldn’t knock off Dutchtown two days later. Instead, Hahnville suffered a 33-41 loss that put them in second place.
“It was a close game all the way but they (Dutchtown) made some shots at the end to get the win,” Hahnville head basketball coach Kevin Robicheaux said.
The Lady Tigers will now take on Mandeville in the first round of the playoffs on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. at Mandeville.
Destrehan, meanwhile, locked up a playoff appearance in their final district game, a 45-44 win over East St. John.
East St. John stormed out to a 19-12 lead in the first quarter, but Destrehan didn’t get down. The Lady Wildcats outscored ESJ 11-5 in the second quarter and 11-9 in the final period for the 45-44 win.
Paige Rochelle led the Lady Wildcats with 26 points, while Areion Banks had seven. Kayla Bradley and Armani Lee each had four points.
The Lady Wildcats will travel to take on John Ehret at 6 p.m. on Feb. 18.