HAMMOND — Two teams separated by a mere 16 miles will travel four hours to Hammond to battle it out for championship gold.

HAMMOND — Two teams separated by a mere 16 miles will travel four hours to Hammond to battle it out for championship gold.

The Anacoco Lady Indians (26-7) and the Florien Lady Blackcats (39-2) will go to battle at 2 p.m. today in the University Center on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association state championships.

These two teams have met twice before this season, with each winning on the other's home court. The Lady Indians downed Florien at its homecoming, 53-49, while the Lady Blackcats upended Anacoco at the Reservation, 42-31, a few weeks later.

Both of these teams have a storied tradition, with each having reached the state semifinals on numerous occasions. This is the 15th trip for the Lady Indians to the event, while this the 16th trip to the dance for the Lady Blackcats.

Once the two teams reach the finals, however, the results are varied. In 10 previous finals, the Lady Blackcats are 5-5. But for the Lady Indians, they are 9-0 in their previous finals appearances and could win their 10th on Friday.

The Lady Indians are a relatively young team, with just two seniors in Whitney Goins and Allie Haymon, while four Lady Blackcats will graduate this year — MaCayla Miller, Ashlyn Anthony, Destinee Strother and Whitney Byles.