The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) 2020-21 boys basketball playoff brackets has been released. A total of 275 schools in seven classes and five divisions will compete for the right to play in “Marsh Madness,” as the state tournament is affectionately dubbed, from March 11-13 on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University (SLU) in Hammond.
Jonesboro-Hodge and Quitman along three other Jackson Parish Journal area coverage teams Saline, Winnfield and Choudrant will host first round games on Friday, February 26th. Weston, Ruston, Lincoln-Prep and Dodson will hit the road. Arcadia and Simsboro each first round byes meaning both along with Calvin (Class C) and Cedar Creek (Division IV),who competes in 16 team brackets, will see their playoff chase begin on March 2nd.
In respect to the three Jackson Parish schools, JHHS received a #15 seed and will face #18 Avoyelles Parish (13-12) in a Class 2A matchup at either JHHS or Weston depending on the ongoing water situation that is plaguing the Town of Jonesboro. Quitman at #11 in Class B will host #22 Dodson while #25 Weston will trek to #9 Negreet.
In other first round games, tenth seeded Saline and #14 Choudrant will welcome #23 Stanley and #19 Converse repectively in Class B, while #10 Winnfield will play host to #23 St. Helena. In Class 5A, Ruston and Lincoln Prep, both seeded #19 in their classes, will travel to East St. John and East Iberville.