Tasty matchups set for tonight as playoffs approach

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Lakeside @ Calvary

Lakeside is coming off of a thrilling one-point win on Tuesday over Arcadia and hoping that confidence will shine tonight as the Warriors head to Shreveport to take on Calvary. 

The Cavaliers got the better of Lakeside in their first district matchup, but the Warriors have won four of their last five games since the loss to Calvary.

The Cavaliers are 7-0 in district, but don’t have much of an answer for Lakeside’s Branthony Brown. The Warriors need Brown to finish over smaller opponents in the paint. That should give Lakeside some energy to go and steal a huge district road win.

#4 Weston @ #5 Doyline

This clash between two Class-B heavyweights was postponed from Jan. 29, but the game will be better for it. The Panthers went to Weston and took a 58-56 win on Jan. 18, and Weston will certainly be looking for revenge.

They will need to deal with Panthers’ star Decari Markray, who is coming off a 41 point, 13 rebound performance on Tuesday against Quitman.

Both teams are jockeying for playoff position and potentially home-court advantage in a playoff game or two. Doyline will be rocking tonight.

Huntington @ Minden

The Crimson Tide are looking to end their worst losing streak of the season. The Raiders beat Minden 60-50 on Jan. 15, but the Tide have the talent to win over the #12-ranked Raiders.

If Minden wants any shot at a playoff berth, they will need to win tonight, then at North DeSoto (3-22), and probably at home against Woodlawn (24-5) as well on Feb. 15.

The current five-game losing streak has highlighted Minden’s main problem: finishing games. The Tide are always in the game in the fourth quarter and often have the lead. This young team needs to learn how to step on their opponents neck in the fourth quarter and close one out. Tonight will be a big test.

North Webster @ Loyola

GIRLS

Huntington @ Minden

The Lady Raiders have a scrappy team and lost to the Lady Tiders 61-45 on Jan. 15, though the score wasn’t quite indicative of how the game went. 

Huntington stuck around all game with toughness on both ends of the floor.

Minden is the better team, and will need to show their composure coming off such an emotional win on Tuesday against Benton.

With a win, the Lady Tiders would secure a share of the district title.

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