Prairie View vs. Ben's Ford, Thursday, 5:15 p.m.
A State Tournament bid will be on the line when Prairie View and Ben's Ford Christian collide Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in the MAIS Class 2A South State quarterfinals at Glenbrook Academy in Minden.
Thursday's winner is guaranteed to extend its season by a minimum of three games. Friday and Saturday's games will determine seeding for next week's State Tournament in Brookhaven, Mississippi
"This is a one and done game, just like the NCAA Tournament," Prairie View coach David Patrick said. "I have tried to get that across to our kids. If we can get by this game, there is some margin for error."
Prairie View, the District 5-2A champion, drew a bye into the quarterfinal round.
In a battle of No. 4 seeds on Tuesday, Ben's Ford of Bogalusa defeated Newton (Miss.) 52-38 in the first round.
Ben's Ford won the District 4-2A regular season title, but finished fourth in the postseason tournament. (District 2 does not play a postseason tournament).
"They're not a typical No. 4 seed," Patrick said of the Eagles. "It's going to be a tough ballgame. Once you get to this level, any given game can be competitive. It's just that this particular No. 4 seed is maybe a little stronger than normal."
In first round games involving District 5 teams, runner-up River Oaks blew out Centreville (Miss.) 75-45, No. 3 seed Glenbrook took out Amite School Center (Miss.) 74-45, and No. 4 seed Franklin Parish fell to Sylva-Bay (Miss.) 45-19.
Clinton Christian (Miss.) eliminated Glenbrook on Wednesday, while River Oaks is paired against District 3 champion Brookhaven on Thursday at 7:45 p.m.
"It was encouraging to see River Oaks and Glenbrook both win in the first round," Patrick said.
Prairie View (11-9) went 1-2 in three road games last week, losing to defending Class 1A state champion Riverdale 47-26, falling to River Oaks 53-45 and beating Briarfield 75-63 in the regular season finale.
"We didn't shoot the ball well against Riverdale or River Oaks," Patrick said. "We shot the ball real well Friday night against Briarfield, which is in the 1A South State Tournament.
"Thursday night's game is going to come down to our shooting percentage. If we have a decent shooting night from the floor, we have a shot."
Prairie View is led by junior guard Layton Woodard and sophomore forward Hayes Crockett.
Thursday's winner will advance to play Clinton Christian in Friday's 7:45 p.m. semifinal. District 4 champion Lamar Christian (Miss.), a 64-42 winner over Sylva-Bay, awaits the Brookhaven-River Oaks victor in Friday's first semifinal at 6:30.
Losers of the semifinal games will play for third place on Saturday at 4 p.m., with the championship game set for 5:15.