Denham Springs High's Christina Canale dribbles by Mandeville's Elise Reilly in a Class 5A state semifinal game last year. Canale and the Lady Jackets are back to make another run at a state crown starting Thursday at home against Thibodaux.

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Who could it be from Livingston Parish this season? Who might shock the state and get on a postseason run? The answers to both those questions, as well as the normal playoff drama all gets started Thursday night, as the parish’s girls basketball tradition storms into the postseason.

All nine of the parish’s programs earned bi-district playoff spots, including five that will host -- Holden in Class B following a first-round bye. The Lady Rockets and Denham Springs High earned the parish’s highest seeds at No. 4. Both played in their respective state championship games last winter.

DSHS (26-5) was the state runnerup last season after a bit of a surprising run to the finals, which came after Walker turned the same trick the year before.

The Lady Jackets will play host to Thibodaux (17-9) at 6 p.m. at Hornsby Gym, which should be fully functional with new bleachers expected to be completely installed this week.

Denham’s two 5A parish neighbors will also be in action: Despite a last-place finish in District 4-5A, the Lady Cats (17-17) got the 15 seed and will host Pineville (16-13) at 6:30 p.m., while 21st-seeded Live Oak (18-12) will go on the road to face East St. John (22-6).


The 2016 Class B champion Holden girls, along with Denham Springs High, lead the parade of nine Livingston Parish teams headed to the 2017 playoffs.

Albany garnered the No. 6 seed in Class 3A after winning the District 7-3A crown. The Lady Hornets, who continue an amazing streak of having missed the playoffs only once in the 48-year history of the program, will entertain Caldwell Parish (14-14) at 6 p.m.

Like the 5A district in the parish footprint, all three teams from District 9-2A are also in, led by league champ Doyle (24-9), which is seeded 7th and will host a Bunkie (5-23) team that didn’t win a single district game.

French Settlement (15-10) is the No. 22 seed and will hit the road to face Oakdale (19-10) at 6:30 p.m. Springfield (11-15) weighs in at 24 and will plat in North Louisiana at Lakeview (15-10).

Winners on Thursday advance to play in the regional round on Feb. 20.

Girls bi-district playoffs


Thibodaux (17-9) at DSHS (26-5), 6 p.m.

Pineville (16-13) at Walker (17-17), 6:30 p.m.

Live Oak (18-12) at East St. John (22-6), 6:30 p.m.

Caldwell Parish (14-14) at Albany (19-14), 6 p.m.

Bunkie (5-23) at Doyle (24-9), 6 p.m.

French Settlement (15-10) at Oakdale (19-10), 6:30 p.m.

Springfield (11-15) at Lakeview (15-10), 6 p.m.

Maurepas (12-10) at Harrisonburg (9-15), 6 p.m.

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