Morgan City High School's Haylie Crappell
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MCHS Lady Tigers to meet Bolton Thursday
It’s been a whirlwind few days for the Morgan City Lady Tigers girls basketball team.
After the final Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 4A power rankings were released Sunday and Morgan City was seeded No. 33 and later the brackets were released Monday and Morgan City didn’t make the top 32, the Lady Tigers were informed Tuesday they would be in the playoffs. Morgan City (10-20 overall, 0-10 in District 8-4A) was inserted into the field after Morgan City coach Duriel Singleton was informed by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Tuesday morning that Landry-Walker, who was originally seeded No. 22 on the bracket, was no longer in the postseason.
Now, Moran City will begin the postseason Thursday when the squad will travel to face No. 11 Bolton in a 6 p.m. contest.
“It’s been a lot of emotion going from being (No.) 33, picking up all the equipment, letting the girls go to their other sports, getting acclimated with their teammates, trying to fit in with their other sports, and then all of a sudden, ‘oh, guess what? We’re in a basketball game. We got to come to practice and get ready for a playoff game,'” Singleton said Wednesday. “It’s crazy. It’s wild. A lot of them really don’t understand the moment right now. They don’t understand how big the moment is. … But after watching a little film and doing some practicing and getting back into the gym, they’re slowly getting back into it, but it’s tough. It’s tough dealing with emotions.”
Morgan City junior Nikeisha Paddio said “it means a lot” to continue playing basketball beyond the regular season.
“I like having that opportunity to continue when you didn’t think you were going to continue,” she said.
Morgan City’s opponent, Bolton, won the District 3-4A title with a 6-2 mark and finished 18-8 overall.
Singleton found tape on Bolton and was able to watch them play.
“They’re a good basketball team,” he said. “They’re a good No. 11 seed, but we still got to play our game. No matter if they’re (No.) 1 or (No.) 11, we still got to go, and we got to take care of the basketball. We got to pass the ball. We got to play smart defense. We got to rebound. We got to make layups and free throws. It doesn’t matter who we’re playing. We just got to play better.”
Prior to dropping its regular-season finale to Tioga 48-44, Bolton had won six straight, including a win against Tioga.
“They look like they have some ball handlers,” Singleton said. “They look like they can run a little bit. They play at a slow pace.”
However, Singleton said after playing the district the Lady Tigers have, which features three teams seeded in the top 10 of the Class 4A rankings and another in the top 10 of the Division II playoff bracket, he said isn’t concerned about facing any opponent.
Morgan City won its regular-season finale against Berwick 70-46 to snap a three-game losing streak.
“We improved a lot,” Morgan City junior Haylie Crappell said of the season. “We have a young team, so we definitely did improve.”