Bayou, NSA ready for district tourney
by Andy Collier
Feb 05, 2013 | 1733 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Michael Portner has been one of the main players for the Bayou Academy Colts this season as he has helped lead them to a No. 1 seeding in the District 2-A Tournament at Deer Creek in Arcola.
Michael Portner has been one of the main players for the Bayou Academy Colts this season as he has helped lead them to a No. 1 seeding in the District 2-A Tournament at Deer Creek in Arcola.
The basketball postseason in the academy ranks will begin Tuesday as the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools will begin their district tournaments.

On the boys side, the Bayou Academy Colts, at 19-2, are the hot team as they’ve won their last 12 games and are the No. 1 seed in the District 2-A Tournament, which will be played at Deer Creek School in Arcola.

The top seed automatically put the Colts in Friday’s semifinal round against the winner of the Briarfield (No. 4 seed)-Deer Creek (No. 5 seed) first round game which will be played on Tuesday. Bayou’s contest on Friday is set to start at 6:30 p.m.

Bayou has beaten both Briarfield and Deer Creek twice.

Colts head coach Winn Scott said the Colts are hitting the court with a strong mindset.

“They seem to be real focused right now,” Scott said. “They know what’s ahead of them. They know that at any time if you have one bad game, your season could be over, so they’re real focused and know what they have to do.”

Last year, the Colts were a No. 2 seed heading into the district tournament and ended up losing to Greenville Christian in the championship game. Bayou ended up advancing to the Class A State Tournament last year.

Scott said he feels being a top seed is an advantage.

“It’s a good thing for the kids,” Scott said. “We get an automatic bid to North State, and you’re one game away from the finals if you win your game in district. That’s exciting and the kids are real excited. It would be great if we can go into North State as a No. 1 seed and play a fourth seed from the other side, which the other side is real tough.”

Another area team in the tournament, the North Sunflower Academy Rebels, could end up being a force to be reckoned with. The Rebels, at 8-11, posted a 6-4 mark in District 2-A during the regular season and are a third seed in the district tournament. The Rebels will take on sixth seeded Strider in the first round at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday. If NSA wins, the Rebels will take on second seeded Greenville Christian in the semifinals on Friday at 4 p.m. and will earn an automatic bid to the North State Tournament.

Rebels head coach Tom Thompson said his team can’t overlook anybody in the tournament.

“They (Strider) played us pretty tough in our last regular season game with them, so we’re definitely not taking them for granted,” Thompson said. “They are very athletic, and we’re just going to take it one game at a time.”

Thompson said his team is capable of making a good run in the postseason.

“If we beat Strider, we’ll end up playing Greenville Christian, which we played tough so you’ll never know what will happen,” Thompson said. “Our goal is to stay the three seed going into North Half.”

The boys’ consolation game will be played at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the championship game at 5:45 p.m.

On the girls side of the district tournament, the third seeded Bayou Academy Lady Colts (11-12, 5-5 dist.) and the sixth seeded North Sunflower Academy Lady Rebels (2-15, 1-9 dist.) will battle each other in the first round on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

The Lady Colts made a good run last year by winning the District 2-A Tournament.

Lady Colts head coach Robert Foust feels the potential to make another run in the district tournament is there.

“I think we can beat any team in the district,” Foust said. “We’ve got to take care of the ball and shoot a better percentage. We’ve got peak at the right time and now is the right time.”

Despite being a sixth seed, the Lady Rebels have improved during the course of the year. NSA has a young team with just two seniors.

Lady Rebels head coach John Stoker said his proud of his team’s effort this year.

“They’ve given everything they’ve got, and they’re learning and getting better every game,” Stoker said. “You know never know what can happen when you get to the tournament. Hopefully, we’ll have a good night and give Bayou a run for their money.”

The winner of the Bayou-NSA game will play second seeded Strider in the semifinals at 5:15 p.m. on Friday. In other action in the district tournament, Briarfield (No. 4 seed) and Greenville Christian (No. 5 seed) will play at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The winner of that game will play top seeded Deer Creek on Friday at 7:45 p.m. The girls consolation game will be played at 2 p.m. on Saturday with the championship game set for 4:30 p.m.

The top four teams from each tournament will advance to the North State Tournament, which will be played at Delta Academy in Mark.