Second-seeded Lakeview Lady Gators play in state semifinals today

Lakeview High School plays in Hammond today at 1:15 in the LHSAA Oschner Girls’ Basketball Marsh Madness Division IV Non-Select semifinals, meeting No. 3 Oak Grove with a berth in Friday’s state championship game on the line.

The Lady Gators (29-3) beat Mangham 47-30 in the second round and edged seventh-seeded East Beauregard 58-55 in the state quarterfinals last week to earn their spot in the semifinals.

Oak Grove (22-3) topped Montgomery 40-24 in the second round and handled sixth-seeded LaSalle 35-26 in the quarterfinals.

Both teams earned first-round byes in the playoff bracket.

The game is scheduled to be live streamed on on a pay-per-view basis, but internet issues on the Southeastern Louisiana University campus prevented streaming on the state tournament’s first day Monday. It will also be broadcast on 97.5 KDBH FM.

Fans making the trip to Hammond will have to use cash to pay for their tickets, due to the internet outage. Any fans who purchased tickets online will be admitted with proof of purchase, LHSAA officials said. The tournament is being played at SLU’s University Center arena.

The winner plays at noon Friday in the state finals against ninth-seeded Oakdale, which banked in a 3-point shot at the final buzzer Monday to upset No. 4 Arcadia 47-46.

The Lady Gators have eight seniors on the squad. Coach Dewaskie Fuller recorded his 100th win as the Lakeview coach earlier this month.