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Girls basketball: Airline, Plain Dealing only parish teams to make playoffs

The Airline Lady Vikings and Plain Dealing Lady Lions were the only Bossier Parish teams to make the LHSAA girls basketball state playoffs.

The Lady Vikings made it as the No. 31 seed in Class 5A thanks to a 50-45 victory over the Haughton Lady Bucs on Friday at Airline.

Airline (20-7) will travel to No. 5 Walker (27-5) on Thursday. Tip-off is set for 6:30.
Walker, the District 4-5A champion, defeated Airline 68-17 in a tournament Dec. 5 in Baton Rouge.

Airline’s win over Haughton (19-7) denied the Lady Bucs a chance at making the playoffs. Haughton was No. 38 in the final power ratings, seven spots too low.

Haughton and Airline finished tied for second in District 1-5A, a game behind Southwood.
District champions automatically qualify for the playoffs. Had Haughton defeated Airline, the Lady Bucs would have shared the title and had a one-game playoff with Southwood to determine which team made the playoffs.

Southwood finished No. 34 in the power ratings. The Lady Cowboys knocked No. 32 Thibodeaux out.

Haughton had the most wins of any 5A team that didn’t make the playoffs. The Lady Bucs also had more than nine teams that did.

But Haughton had victories wins over teams that combined for eight wins, which hurt its power ranking.

Plain Dealing (16-8), the District 1-1A runner-up, is the No. 18 seed in Class 1A. The Lady Lions travel to Monroe to take on No. 15 Ouachita Christian (15-12) in the first round.

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