The Eagles (10-11, 3-1) struggled to stop Central Catholic’s offense on Friday, allowing four CC players to score at least 15 points each.
When the Eagles and Hanson last met on January 13, VC defended its home court with a 55-47 victory. That was the start of the Eagles’ district slate of games.
Now, with only four district games remaining on the schedule, VC needs a win to keep pace with Central Catholic (18-3, 4-0) in District 8-1A.
The Eagles are ranked 23rd in Ken Ramsey’s unofficial power ratings, while Central Catholic is ranked first, so a district title would help the Eagles’ cause a little more than it would help CC. The top 32 teams in the LHSAA’s final power rankings get into the playoffs, while a district title provides an automatic post-season berth.
The Eagles and CC, which rank second and first, respectively, will meet again on Monday, Feb. 13 at VC in a game that could decide the district championship.
The Lady Eagles, meanwhile, are in a similar situation to the Eagles.
An 80-47 loss on Friday to Central Catholic in Morgan City is now in the Lady Eagles’ rear-view mirror. VC’s next two games (at Hanson on Tuesday and hosting Gueydan on February 3) are against district opponents.
Central Catholic's next two district games are against Gueydan (5-15, 0-3) and Hanson (21-4, 2-1) as well. Victories in those games would have the Lady Eagles and CC duking it out on Monday, Feb. 13 at VC for supremacy in District 8-1A.
The Lady Eagles dominated Hanson (17-6, 1-2) 63-43 in the teams’ last meeting on Friday, Jan. 13.
Hanson is 8-2 for its last ten games, so the Lady Eagles are facing a hot team on Tuesday night in Franklin.
Still, the Lady Eagles dropped only one spot (from number three to number four) on Ramsey’s unofficial rankings, so a trip to the playoffs is all but ensured for VC’s girls at season’s end. The question marks at this point relate simply to seeding in the postseason.