Class C finalists big on state tradition

With four traditional powers set to square off at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association/State Farm Top 28 Tournament, there should be some big competition in Louisiana’s smallest classification.

Action begins at noon at the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Fant-Ewing Coliseum with Saline (30-5) taking on Dubach (30-1) in the Class C girls final. At 2 p.m., defending champion Pelican All Saints (23-8) plays Atlanta (28-4) in the C boys title game.

Pelican is led by one of the state’s top players in 6-foot-4 Zikiteran Woodley, who averages 28 points per game. A year ago, Woodley poured in 31 points in the title game. The Jaguars’ Carnelius Holmes adds 16 points per game.

Atlanta seeks its first state title in boys basketball since 1997. Steve Evans leads AHS with an 18.3 scoring average. Taren Sapp (17.4) and Kentrel Sapp (15.2) also average in double digits for AHS in its first title game since 2003.

Meanwhile, Saline looks to move up to a title after finishing as the Class C runner-up a year ago to the Pelican girls. Saline last won a title in 2009.

Dubach seeks its first state title in 30 years. The last time the Hornets won a state title, they played in Class B.

Two of the state’s top players will also be showcased in the girls game. McNeese State signee KeAnna Rainwater, a 6-0 post player, averages more than 20 points. She scored 19 in last year’s title game. Dubach’s Sueterrica Key (5-11) averages 26 points.