BATON ROUGE — The road to Hammond gets underway Thursday evening.

BATON ROUGE — The road to Hammond gets underway Thursday evening.

All nine Vernon Parish public schools will be represented in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association girls’ basketball playoffs this year.

Action for seven of those teams tips off Thursday night at sites across the state.

Two teams — the Anacoco Lady Indians and the Simpson Lady Broncos — will have a bye in the opening round of the playoffs.

Seeded third in Class B, the Lady Indians will host either No. 14 Glenmora or No. 19 Forest on Monday in the second round of the playoffs.

Simpson, ranked sixth in Class C, will play either No. 11 Calvin or No. 22 Hackberry at home on Monday as well.

While Anacoco and Simpson will await the playoffs until next Monday, the other seven Vernon Parish teams will be in action Thursday night.

Two of those teams — the Rosepine Lady Eagles and the Hicks Lady Pirates — will play at home at 6:30 p.m.

The Lady Eagles, seeded 14th in Class 2A, will compete in their first playoff game at home since 2012 when they face the No. 19 DeQuincy Lady Tigers, coached by former Miss Basketball Judy Clark.

Rosepine enters the game with a record of 17-11 overall, while DeQuincy is 18-9.

As for the Lady Pirates (14-21), they drew the No. 13 seed in the Class B playoffs, where they will meet up with No. 20 Oak Hill.

Admission to the game is $7 per person and it can be heard live on 93.5-FM KJAE.

The Lady Pirates and Oak Hill met earlier this season in the Simpson Tournament, with Hicks coming away with a 14-point win on a neutral court.

Hicks is coached by veteran Mike Charrier, while the Lady Rams are coached by Kaci Willis-West and her mother, Angela Willis.

The remaining Vernon Parish teams will be in action on the road Thursday night.

Leesville, ranked 26th in the Class 4A playoffs, will journey to Shreveport for a matchup against seventh-seeded Huntington.

The game tips off at 6 p.m. and admission to the game is $7 per person.

In Class 2A, the Pickering Lady Red Devils are the No. 17 seed and will take a trip to northeast Louisiana to face No.16 Sterlington.

The Lady Red Devils are the District 3-2A runners-up and have a chance to meet back up with Rapides in the second round as the Lady Mustangs are the No. 1 seed overall in Class 2A.

However, they must first get past Sterlington at 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening.

In Class B, the Pitkin Lady Tigers are the No. 17 seed and will journey to face the No. 16 Midland Lady Rebels at 6 p.m. on Thursday, while the No. 21 Hornbeck Lady Hornets will face No. 12 Choudrant at 6 p.m. as well Thursday.

Rounding out the Thursday night playoff matchups is the No. 20 Evans Lady Eagles in Class C taking on the No. 13 Starks Lady Panthers in a game which tips off at 6 p.m. Thursday night.

The two teams have played each other already this season, with the Lady Panthers coming away with a 39-point win in the opening game of the 2016-17 campaign.