The Winnfield Senior High School Lady Tigers continue an historic season tonight (Wednesday) when they meet Amite in the state Division III Non-Select semifinals of the 2023 Ochsner LHSAA Girls Basketball Marsh Madness tournament in Hammond.
Winnfield, the 11th seeded team in a 28-team playoff bracket, has won three games to reach the semifinals. The Lady Tigers opened by blasting 22nd-seeded Marksville 74-28 on Feb. 16 at home, then pulled a surprise in the second round by winning on the road with a 32-29 upset of No. 6 Sterlington.
The surprises got even bigger last Thursday when Winnfield traveled to No. 3-seeded Springfield and not only won, but won convincingly over the home team, 65-49.
Now the Lady Tigers face their toughest foe in No. 2 Amite, which has won its two playoff games by 20 (67-47 over No. 15 Doyle) and 32 points (74-32 over No. 10 Bogalusa, both played in Amite.
Amite is very close to Hammond, where the Marsh Madness tournament is being hosted at the University Center. Due to internet problems there, fans are required to pay admission with cash only. Purchases made online last week will be honored with proof of purchase.
The NFHSNetwork.com will provide a pay-per-view live stream of the 8 p.m. game tonight, assuming the SLU internet platform is functional.
The other semifinalists are No. 1 Rosepine and No. 5 Union Parish. The winners of the two Division III Select semifinals meet Saturday at 4 for the state championship.