Sterlington (16-15) at Peabody (30-2), Friday, 7 p.m.

Qualifying for the Class 2A state playoffs as the No. 32 seed last season, the Sterlington Panthers lost to eventual state champion Madison Prep in the first round of the state playoffs.

While the Panthers have a shorter trip this year, they may have an even more challenging task in their first-ever Class 3A playoff appearance. Sterlington, the No. 2 seed, travels to defending state champion and perennial power Alexandria Peabody for the first round. Tipoff time is Friday at 7 p.m. in the Emerald Palace. Admission is $8.

Peabody (30-2) brings a 27-game winning streak into the contest, including a 106-28 rout of Caldwell Parish in the regular season finale. The Warhorses last loss came at the hands of Baton Rouge Dunham (80-78) in the Hamilton Christian Tournament.

Sterlington won two of its first three regular season games with victories over Oak Grove (53-50) and Quitman (80-67) sandwiched around a 77-57 loss to Grace Christian.

Kyle Henderson scored 23 points, Reid Handy 11 and Trea Green 10 as the Panthers (16-15) won at Quitman on Friday night.

The Sterlington-Peabody winner will be matched against the Madison Parish-Mamou winner the second round.

All six District 2-3A teams qualified for the playoffs.

Occupying seeds 4-7, Wossman, Carroll, Union Parish and Richwood were all awarded home court advantage for the opening round, while Madison Parish travels as the No. 18 seed.

First-round pairings for Class 3A:

No. 32 West Feliciana (13-12) at No. 1 Madison Prep (21-6)

No. 17 Green Oaks (19-12) at No. 16 Northwest (18-12)

No. 24 Marksville (16-15) at No. 9 Washington-Marion (19-10)

No. 25 Bolton (12-15) at No. 8 Brusly (20-8)

No. 28 KIPP Renaissance (12-10) at No. 5 Carroll (21-11)

No. 21 Glen Oaks (20-14) at No. 12 Patterson (22-5)

No. 20 North Vermilion (17-10) at No. 13 Baker (23-8)

No. 29 Port Barre (12-13) at No. 4 Wossman (22-9)

No. 30 Iota (17-15) at No. 3 Sophie B. Wright (27-4)

No. 19 Donaldsonville (11-18) at No. 14 Jena (16-13)

No. 22 Jennings (15-11) at No. 11 Crowley (27-5)

No. 27 Abbeville (15-15) at No. 6 Union Parish (18-9)

No. 26 South Beauregard (18-15) at No. 7 Richwood (18-16)

No. 23 Avoyelles (18-14) at No. 10 Lake Charles Prep (18-11)

No. 18 Madison Prep (14-13) at No. 15 Mamou (15-8)

No. 32 Sterlington (16-15) at No. 2 Peabody (30-2)