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VC seniors Ainsley Mallet (left) and Emma LeBlanc cry after the loss to LCA on Friday.

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VC's Jay Demouchet goes up for a shot in the paint,

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VC's Emma LeBlanc (left) and Kelli Frith were no match for LCA's Bre Porter, who stands 6-3. She finished with 20 rebounds against VC.

LCA too much for VC in Division IV finals

ALEXANDRIA – The Vermilion Catholic Lady Eagles live on high expectations that routinely place them in championship contention.
They were in position again on Friday, meeting district foe Lafayette Christian in the Division IV LHSAA girls basketball title at Rapides Parish Coliseum.
And VC, which won state crowns in 1999 and 2013 under coach Kim Guidry, featured an experienced squad with four seniors who had been to three previous Final Four events.

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Abbeville's Walter Boudoin tries to shoot over Madison Prep's 6-7 Percy Daniels. Boudoin's shot was blocked by Daniels.

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Abbeville's Tyrese Sam tries to shoot a shot over Madison Prep's tall guys.

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Madison Prep does not lose in the playoffs. They are 24-1 since 2013.

Madison Prep blocks Abbeville from advancing

BATON ROUGE - Beating Madison Prep’s Chargers in the basketball playoffs is almost an impossible task.
Since the 2013 playoffs, the Chargers have lost only once in the high school playoffs, and that was in the Class 1A finals in 2014.
In 2013, Madison Prep won the Class B state title.
In 2014, Madison Prep finished second in Class A.
In 2015, Madison Prep won the Class A state title.
In 2016, Madison Prep won the Class 2A state title.
In 2017, Madison Prep won the Class 2A state title again.
In 2018, Madison Prep won the Class 3A state title.

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Tyrese Sam goes up strong for Abbeville.

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Abbeville's Walter Boudoin does a no-look pass to the side.

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Abbeville's Jurvonta Decuir stretches for a layup.

Abbeville advances thanks to a good second half outting

Call it nerves. Call it overconfidence. Whatever it was, it went away in the second half.
The No. 5 Abbeville Wildcats may have come into their first-round game against No. 28 Bogalusa a little overconfident because, at half time, Abbeville was only ahead 30-27.
That Abbeville team who played in the first half stayed in the locker room and never resurfaced in the second half. Instead, the 2019 Wildcat team, who won 20-plus games, made an appearance in the second half and went on to blowout Bogalusa, 77-63.

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Kelli Frith cuts down part of the net after the win. All VC players had the honor to cut the net down.

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Emma LeBlanc, a senior, cuts a piece of the net for VC.

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Senior Jay Demouchet is the final Lady Eagle to cut the net down, putting it around her neck.

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The Lady Eagles took a group photo.

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Emily Bertrand cuts down a piece of the net for VC.

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The team celebrates after the win.

VC takes care of business and advances to Final Four

The Vermilion Catholic Lady Eagles are advancing to the Final Four for the third year in a row after beating St. Mary's 55-47.
The Division IV Final Four will be played in Alexandria. They will play No. 2 Houma Christian, who won 64-24. That game will be played Monday at 4:45 p.m.
It came down to free throw shooting for the Lady Eagles, who were only ahead by two points with a minute to play in the game.
The Lady Eagles made four free throws in the final 32 seconds of the game. Seniors Ainsley Mallet and Jay Demouchet canned the freebies when it counted.

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VC guard Ainsley Mallet looks like she is walking on the air while passing the basketball in a recent game.

St. Mary’s wants to slow down Vermilion Catholic Lady Eagles

It is playoff time, and that means only one thing for the Vermilion Catholic Lady Eagles - time to put it in another gear and go.
The Lady Eagles kicked into another gear Monday night and scored 71 points in a second-round win over University Academy of Central Louisiana.
Thursday night at home, the Lady Eagles play St. Mary’s (18-10), a team from the same district as University Academy.
Tip-off is 6:30 p.m. at VC.
The winner of tonight’s game advances to the Final Four of the LHSAA playoffs.

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