Vandebilt Catholic girls out of 4A playoffs

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association issued a Wednesday ruling that has put the Houma-based Vandebilt Catholic girls basketball team out of its Southeast Regional Semifinals.

Executive Director Kenny Henderson said an investigation showed that Class 4A VCHS used a player who was ineligible based on the LHSAA’s transfer rules in multiple games, including Monday night’s quarterfinal win over Salmen.

An appeal of that ruling by Baton Rouge’s St. Michael the Archangel (32-4), the team scheduled to play third-seeded Vandebilt (28-5), is set for 9 a.m. Thursday via teleconference.

Henderson said sixth-seeded Salmen (27-4) is scheduled to take Vandebilt Catholic’s spot on the bracket and would play second-seeded St. Michael at 4:30 p.m. Friday at SLU’s University Center in Hammond. St. Michael is appealing the fact that LHSAA bylaws require a team to be replaced on the bracket at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled game.

Henderson admits that the investigation and ruling process was not complete until just after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“The student in question played in multiple games, but the most important one now is the last one,” Henderson said. “Our rules say that the last team to lose to the team that forfeits goes back in the playoffs.

“The change is supposed to be made at least 48 hours before the game, according to our rules. And we did finish up a little after 4:30 p.m.”

St. Michael girls-basketball coach and athletic director Tami Reynolds-McClure declined comment. Salmen coach Kevin Anderson also declined to speak, other to say, “I don’t think this is a done deal yet.”