Faith Training Christian Academy is state bound once again.

Faith Training Christian Academy is state bound once again.

Both the Lady Patriots (13-10) and the Patriots (28-5) will be headed to Wossman High School in Monroe on Feb. 17-18 for the ACEL state basketball tournament thanks to wins Friday night over Lighthouse Academy and Southwest-Lake Charles, respectively.

The Lady Patriots will face second-ranked Southwest-Lake Charles at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, while the Patriots will meet up with second-seeded Shreveport at 5:30 p.m. in a rematch of last year’s state title game, which Faith Training won. The finals are set the following day at Wossman High School, as are the third-place games.

Faith Training Lady Patriots....62

Lighthouse Academy..............24

The third-seeded Lady Patriots left no doubt who the superior team was on Friday night as they hammered Lighthouse Academy of Abbeville, 62-24.

The Lady Patriots jumped out to a 23-7 lead after just eight minutes of action and used a 10-8 advantage in the second quarter of play to go into the locker room at the halftime intermission with a commanding lead, 33-15.

It was all Faith Training in the third quarter as the Lady Patriots outscored Lighthouse, 13-2, to open up a 46-17 cushion entering the final eight minutes of regulation.

The Lady Patriots closed the contest with a 16-7 advantage in the fourth period to take home the easy victory.

Kaylee Fleshman led the way for the Lady Patriots in the victory with a game-high 24 points, while Katie Harvey and Natalie Minor, both seniors, finished with nine and eight points, respectively.

Molly Richard paced Lighthouse Academy with 11 points.

Faith Training Patriots...71

Southwest-LC Knights......57

It’s very hard to beat a team twice in the same season.

But for the sixth time in six chances on Friday night, the third-ranked Faith Training Christian Academy Patriots defeated the Knights of Southwest-Lake Charles, coming away with a 71-57 victory in the ACEL state quarterfinals.

The Knights and 6-10 post player Melvin Davis took the lead early on the homestanding Patriots, clinging to a 14-13 advantage after eight minutes in the books.

However, FTCA came to life in the second period, using a 19-10 run to take a 32-24 lead at the end of the first half.

Faith Training extended its lead to 10 points by the end of the third quarter and used a 22-18 advantage in the fourth period to close out the victory.

Sophomore Seginald Bryant paced the Patriots in the contest with a game-high 19 points, while senior Preston Nolde contributed 18 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

Ashton Austad chipped in with 13 points for the Patriots, while Terrell Newman finished with nine points in the win.

The Davis trio led the way for Southwest-Lake Charles as Melvin and Zach Davis each had 13 points, while Zeth Davis added 11 points.