Central Catholic High School's Ja'len Johnson attempts a shot during the Eagles' regular-season finale against Ascension Episcopal
in Morgan City earlier this month. Central Catholic will begin Division IV playoff action Tuesday when it hosts St. John in a 6 p.m. contest. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)
CCHS will begin Division IV postseason play Tuesday vs. St. John
The Central Catholic Eagles will begin Division IV playoff action Tuesday when they host St. John of Plaquemine in a 6 p.m. contest.
Central Catholic, the No. 6 seed, received a first-round bye, while St. John of Plaquemine, the No. 11 seed, defeated No. 22 St. Edmund, 70-34, in first-round action Friday. The Eagles enter the postseason with a 13-10 mark and had a late start to their season due to a successful football season. Central Catholic Coach Ree Case said that late start has caused inconsistency among the team at times, but he said things have been positive as of late.
“We have had some stretches of playing really well and have played our best the last two weeks,” he said.
While Central Catholic had more than a week of time off between its last regular season game and the postseason, Case said the time away from action live game action has been helpful.
“The time between our last game and the playoffs has been really beneficial for us because we got to work on fundamentals and conditioning without having a game,” he said. “With basketball season starting in October and us not starting until the second week of December, the longer we play helps tremendously.”
As for St. John, Case said their two top players are their guards.
“They play man on defense and run good man and zone offense,” he said.
Currently, the Eagles are out of school due to the Mardi Gras break, but Case said he doesn’t think that will be a distraction for his squad.
“I told them they will still have Mardi Gras when they are my age but playing the playoffs comes once in a lifetime,” he said. “They have been really focused all week, and I believe they will be ready to play.”