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|Lady Rebels wait for playoffs|
For years the strongest district in the state of Louisiana when it comes to girl's basketball has come out of North Louisiana.
That sentiment was never truer than it was on Tuesday afternoon in Alexandria.
Voting for the first time to seed all the playoff teams, the North Louisiana district received No. 1 seed Southwood, No. 2 seed Natchitoches Central, No. 4 seed West Monroe and No. 6 seed Ouachita.
Ouachita will take on South Lafourche Thursday night at 6 p.m. while West Monroe welcomes Assumption to their gym at 6 p.m. on Thursday night as well.
In Class 4A, the No. 6 seed Neville Lady Tigers will host to No. 27 seed Salmen.
"I thought the entire selection and placement process was quite cordial," Ouachita coach John Merritt said. "I can only speak for the Class 5A meeting, but I thought everyone was very professional and treated the voting very professionally.
"I know that was what I was hoping for."
Taking the fourth-seed in the bracket back with him to West Monroe, Lady Rebels coach John Green also said the first meeting went quite smoothly.
"I think we all thought that it was pretty fair," Green said. "You really could not complain one way or another. I know that we are happy with the fourth-seed and we are going to go from there.
"I really found that everybody was quite laid back and relaxed in the meeting. I thought this was a huge first step in terms of making the playoffs kind of like the NCAA Tournament. Now the good teams may not be eliminating each other in the first round like in year's past."
Despite a 2-4 record in district play, Ouachita did finish up the season with over 20 wins again and have quality wins over several big-time programs on the 2008 season; facts that led them to be rated as the highest third-seeded team in all of Class 5A.
"We actually fell to where about where I thought we would," Merritt said. "I thought we would be somewhere between five and eight. We are coming out of arguably the best district in the state and I thought all three of the teams that came out of our district could be ranked in the top six-to-eight teams."
The third place team out of District 8-5A, the Lady Tarpons of South Lafourche come into the game with a 21-12 record (8-4 in district).
18-14 and 8-4 in the same district as South Lafourche, Assumption is one of the more talented teams in all of South Louisiana and Green said he expects a steep challenge from them on Thursday night.
"From everyone that I have talked to already the first thing out of their mouths is how good their (Assumption) guard play is," Green said. "They have some good guards that can put points on the board rather quickly. They are coming out of a competitive district and they are a good team."