Minden, Doyline hit the road for first-round games

The LHSAA revealed the brackets for this year’s boys basketball playoffs and a pair of Webster Parish teams are in the field.

Both Minden High and Doyline made their respective class playoffs, with Minden coming in at No. 31 in the final 4A power rankings and Doyline finishing at No. 17 in Class B.

The Crimson Tide, (15-12, 4-6) finished the season with a victory over Northwood to preserve their playoff standing. It was a tough second half of the season for Minden, as they played the entire district schedule without their long-time head coach, Alan Shaw. Shaw was suspended by the school district for violating an LHSAA rule governing the number of games a team can play in one tournament.

Doyline finished the season on a hot streak, winning six of their last seven games to move up the standings to No. 17. Panther’s coach Michael Normand said his team looked as good as they have all season in their regular season finale against Dodson last Friday night.

The Panthers will face off against the No. 16 seed Episcopal of Acadiana on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Broussard.

The Tide have a tall task ahead of themselves, as they will head to Lake Charles for a matchup with 4A’s No. 2 seed, Washington-Marion. The Charging Indians enter the postseason on a 12-game winning streak.
Minden and Washington-Marion will tip things off at 7 p.m.

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