LHSAA Girls Basketball Playoffs

The quarterfinal round of the LHSAA Girls basketball playoffs will take place tonight with some schools in Southwest Louisiana in action. All quarterfinal winners will advance to the Girls Marsh Madness tournament in Hammond, Louisiana. Here are the quarterfinal match-ups for tonight:

Class 5A

(1) Barbe will be hosting (9) Southwood at 6:00.

Class 4A

(2) DeRidder will be hosting (7) Huntington at 6:30.

Class 3A

(1) South Beauregard will host (9) Brusly at 6:30.

(21) Iowa will travel to face (4) Ville Platte at 6:30.

(2) Iota will host (7) Madison at 6:00.

Class 2A

(2) Lake Arthur will host (7) Doyle at 6:00.

Class 1A

(2) Merryville will host (7) Tensas at 6:30.

Class B

(8) Hathaway will travel to face (1) Florien at 6:00.

Class C

(9) Reeves will travel to face (1) Plainview

(12) Johnson Bayou will travel to face (4) Dodson at 6:00.

Division II

(6) St. Louis will travel to face (3) University Lab at 6:30.

Division III

(6) Notre Dame will travel to face (3) St. Thomas Aquinas at 6:30.

Women's College Basketball

The McNeese Cowgirls basketball team was defeated by Houston Baptist last night 72-68. With this loss, McNeese drops to 12-14 on the season and 7-8 in conference play. The Cowgirls currently sit in sixth place in the Southland Conference standings.

With three regular season games remaining, the Cowgirls are one and a half games behind fifth place and just two games ahead of the ninth place spot. The Southland Conference only invites the top eight teams to the conference tournament. The Cowgirls will hit the court again on Saturday when they travel face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Men's College Basketball

The McNeese Cowboys basketball team return to the court tonight and will host Houston Baptist. The Cowboys will need a win tonight to keep their postseason hopes alive. They currently sit two and a half games out of eighth place with four games to go. A win tonight will help their cause, but a loss will practically eliminate the Cowboys from the postseason. Tip-off at Burton Coliseum will be at 7:00.

College Baseball

After losing a tough game to the Univserity of New Orleans, the LSU baseball team returned to Baton Rouge and got back on the winnings track by beating Hofstra 8-1. The Tigers now improve to 4-1 on the season. LSU will now look ahead to their weekend series in Baton Rouge against Maryland.

Maryland is 1-2 on the season after competing in the Clearwater Tournament in Clearwater, Florida last weekend. The Terrapins dropped their first two games to Ball State and Louisville, but wrapped up the weekend with a 9-7 win over Alabama State.

College Track and Field

It was a big day for the McNeese men's track team. After day one, the men are leading the Southland Conference Indoor Championships in the team standings with 53 points. The Cowboys are nine points ahead of second place Sam Houston, who has 44.

The Cowboys picked up 26 of their 53 points in the 5,000 meter final where four Cowboys finished in the top six. Nathan Jones finished first, Enrique Soto finished second, Fisher Hamilton finished fourth, and Oliver James finished sixth.

Other top finishers for the men on day one was Hiram Morales, who won gold in the shot put. The tandem of Nathan Jones, Oliver James, Blake Comeaux, and Olandis Johnson teamed up in the distance medley and won the gold medal. John Lemke also got some key points in the long jump by finishing third and getting the bronze medal.

On the women's side, they sit in a tie for fifth place with 16 points after day one. They are only 20 points behind the leader Lamar. The Cowgirls got 9 of their 16 points in the pentathlon.The duo of Ashley Johnson and Grace McKenzie managed to finish fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Cowgirls also got a couple of points from Alanna Arvie, who finished seventh in the weight throw, and Katja Woelf, who finished seventh in the 5,000 meter final. The women's distance medley relay team of Shannon McLellan, Nina Radisavljevic, Katilyn Tunks, and Alison Smegal picked up a few points with their sixth place finish.

Today is the final day of the Southland Conference Indoor Championships. A number of McNeese athletes will be competing for gold on both the men's and women's side. The men will try and hold on to their lead while the women will try and erase a 20 point deficit in the team standings. The field events will begin at 10:00AM and the running events will begin at 12:00PM.