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The Franklin Parish Patriots, with records of 24-8 overall and 6-2 in district play are sitting in good position even after a 61-52 district loss at Carroll in Monroe back on Feb. 10.
Brandon Sims led the way with 20 points against Carroll while J.C. Winn chipped In 18 points for the Patriots.
Franklin Parish plays its final regular season game at home Friday night against Madison Parish. The game was changed from Tuesday night earlier this week.
The Patriots are in second-place in the district, a game behind Carroll, and can finish no worse than the position they now hold.
The Patriots have completed their district schedule and host Madison Parish Friday night in the final game on their season schedule before the playoffs begin.
Playoffs begin Feb. 27 with the top-ranked teams in the 32-team field hosting a lower ranked team for three games.
The latest power rankings project Franklin Parish as the No.18 seed in the field of 32 for the Class 4A basketball playoffs. This is likely to change as they are currently ahead of Carroll with the Bulldogs stuck down at No.21.
Carroll (13-14, 5-1) still has district games against Neville and Bastrop to play before concluding their schedule. If Carroll wins both games they will jump over the Patriots and win the championship as well as get the best seed in the playoffs from district 2-4A.
The Neville Tigers destroyed West Ouachita, 79-29 on Friday night and now are in the playoff picture as the No.31-seed currently. Neville is at Carroll in Monroe on Tuesday night to determine if Neville gets in or not.
A loss by Neville could possibly knock it out of the playoff bracket.
With the experiences of facing Franklin Parish and Carroll twice, as well as two games against 5A powerhouse Ouachita Parish High School, Neville looks to be a last-minute addition to the playoff party next week.
The situation is even more interesting on the girl's side of things. Franklin Parish sits at No.34 in the latest power rankings. The top 32 teams will make the playoffs.
There is a .25-point difference right now between Franklin Parish being in the playoffs or out with the last spot currently held by Woodlawn of Shreveport.
The Lady Patriots lost at Carroll last Tuesday, 61-31, in a game that very well could have put them in a serious contention for the postseason.