Jonesboro-Hodge, Quitman and Saline will begin the 2022 LHSAA boys basketball playoffs at home while Weston will hit the road according to the brackets that were released on Monday. The Tigers gained the #9 seed in Class AA, the same as Saline in Class B. Quitman checks in at #15 and Weston at #20.
JHHS finished the regular season with a 17-7 overall record and a tie for the regular season district title in 1-2A. The Tigers lost a special playoff game against North Caddo to determine the district champion and with the loss to Class 5A Ruston in the season finale fell from #7 to #9 in the final rankings. As result, JHHS will now host #24 Welsh, who ended the regular season with a 13-15 overall record and in a tie for second in district 6-2A at 6:00pm on Friday, February 25th.
Class B is the home of the three other Jackson Parish Journal coverage area schools, Quitman and Weston, who finished in a tie for third in district 2B and Saline, the runner-up in district 1B. After finishing with a 16-18 overall record against 12 schools from higher classifications and the top ranked team from Class B and C, the Bobcats earned the #9 seed. Thier reward is a home game against #24 Converse who ended the year with an 11-23 overall record and finished with an uncharacteristic 0-8 record in district 4B. Game time is set for 6:00pm on Friday.
Quitman enters the playoffs with a #15 seed after ending the year with a 15-18 overall record, the first losing season since 2017. The 2021-22 campaign was what would be called a “streaky” one. The season began with Quitman winning their first three and five of seven. Then came losses in 8 of the next 9 followed by wins in 8 of 10. The Wolverines ended the regular season with 6 losses over the final 7 games including the last five. Hoping the playoffs will usher in a new “streak” the Wolverines will open at home against #18 Negreet, who finished in 4th place in district 4B and brings a 15-23 overall record on Friday with opening tip scheduled to take place at 6:30pm
Weston will be the only local team that opens the playoffs on the road after finishing in a tie for third with Quitman in district 2B play compiling a 12-18 record. Earning a #20 seed in the 32-team bracket means a trip to #13 Singer, who finished third in district 5B and bounced around the .500 mark all season before losses in their last two dropped their record to 17-18. Facing a team with a losing record bodes well for the Wolves as at no point in the year did Weston beat a team with a winning record but only 8 of the losses came against schools with a losing slate. Game time is set for 6:00pm on Friday.
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