Part of the challenge in every season is getting to the postseason, and for all six of Livingston Parish's teams in Classes 3A and below, the playoffs are a reality.
Holden jumped to the No. 1 seed in Class B, bolstered in part by its 77-49 win over Plainview and held on to that perch heading into the postseason.
The Lady Rockets (32-1) received a first-round bye and will host the winner of No. 16 Converse and No. 17 Pitkin.
Holden wasn't the only team to get a bump in the final power rankings as Albany (24-5) claimed the No. 6 seed in Class 3A and will host No. 27 Green Oaks (9-16), at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Lady Hornets' coach Stacy Darouse was quick to point out her team got a little help with that jump thanks to a pair of Livingston Parish foes.
"You've got to love Livingston Parish," she said. "Holden beating Plainview and Springfield beating St. Helena really made the difference for us."
Now the challenge for Darouse and her coaches is breaking down film on Green Oaks for what they hope will be another deep playoff run. Albany advanced to the Class 3A state championship last season and returned a core group from that team.
"You always play your season to get that top-four seed, but after the two losses to Loranger, we knew it was going to come down to a tight race with Iota between 6 and 7," Darouse said. "Where we are is where we are, and we're going to do our best to win the next five games.
"They know what to expect, but we have to play every game as if it's the last one, because if you don't, it might be."
While Darouse and her staff are working to get familiar with Green Oaks, that's not the case for Class 2A No. 8 seed French Settlement (23-6), which hosts No. 25 seed St. Helena (7-11), a fellow member of District 10-2A, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
"I felt like we would finish at either 8 or 9, which is a big difference there because it's two home games vs. one home game (to start the playoffs)," FSHS coach Daniel Martin said. "The goal at the beginning of our year was to get two home games out of it, so we got that.
"I knew it was going to either be Pine, Independence or St. Helena. I was really leaning toward Independence, but it worked out that it was St. Helena, so it was about what we expected."
Perhaps the greatest challenge for the Lady Lions will be squaring off against the Lady Hawks for the third time this season after sweeping the district series by scores of 54-32 and 59-21.
"I don't know whose advantage that works to," Martin said. "We're familiar with them. They're also familiar with us. We beat them twice. The playoffs is a whole different story and you've got to be ready."
The rest of the 2A field shapes up with No. 12 Doyle (17-11) hosting No. 21 Avoyelles Charter (13-9) Thursday and No. 30 Springfield (4-20) traveling to No. 3 Ferriday (23-4). Both games start at 6 p.m. Tickets for the Doyle game are $6, while tickets for the Springfield game are $8.
The Lady Bulldogs are hoping to build off their lone district win of the season -- a 50-44 win over St. Helena on Saturday.
"It feels good," Lady Bulldogs coach Byron Garner said of earning a postseason berth. "First year as a girls coach coming to a new scene and to make the playoffs is indescribable. Any coach that's worth his salt will tell you that we do this for the kids. I've been in the the playoffs before ... but to do it for a group of girls that have overcome injuries and personal obstacles that you couldn't even explain if you tried to -- to do it for this group of girls is something special, and the journey itself is worth everything that they had to overcome."
In Class B, No. 22 Maurepas (12-16) travels to No. 11 Quitman (19-9) for a 6 p.m. game, with the Lady Wolves looking to carry momentum over from their 52-14 win over Runnels last week in the District 7-B tournament.
"We're in and we'll just take what we've got, work on it, and do our best at this point," Maurepas coach Brittany Lauzervich said of heading into a game with the Lady Wolverines, who employ a pressure, man-to-man defense she said is similar to Holden's.