Sophomore Seginald Bryant goes up for the tomahawk dunk during action recently against Good Samaritan. Bryant and the Faith Training Christian Academy Patriots will play in the second game of a playoff doubleheader Friday night at home. The Lady Patriots tip off at 6 p.m., with the boys' game to follow.

The Faith Training Christian Academy Patriots and Lady Patriots have reached the postseason once again.

The Faith Training Christian Academy Patriots and Lady Patriots have reached the postseason once again.

The Patriots and Lady Patriots each drew the No. 3 seed in the ACEL state basketball tournament and will host a quarterfinal game on Friday night.

The Lady Patriots (12-10, 8-2) will matchup against Lighthouse Academy at 6 p.m., with the Patriots (26-5, 18-0) will take to the court at approximately 7:30 p.m. against either No. 6 Southwest-Lake Charles or No. 11 Old Bethel.

If both the Lady Patriots and Patriots win, they will advance to the state tournament, slated Feb. 17-18 in Monroe at Wossman High School.

The semifinals will be played on Friday, while the finals take place on Saturday.

The Lady Patriots, coached this year by Michael Austad, are coming off an impressive win over Good Samaritan and will take on a Lighthouse Academy squad seeded sixth in the tournament.

Faith Training is led on the court by the senior duo of Katie Harvey and Natalie Minor, the leading scorer and rebounder on the sqquad, respectively.

In addition to the senior duo of Harvey and Minor, the remainder of the starting lineup includes Lacey Cole, Kayla Young and Kaylee Fleshman, while players such as Hannah Kuesters, Haeli Whittenberger and Tinsley Blakeway come off the bench in support as subs.

On the boys' side, the Patriots, the defending state champions, drew the No. 3 seed in the bracket despite owning a conference win over the No. 1 seeded Lighthouse Academy squad.

According to the power rankings, Lighthouse, the South conference champs, had a total of 18.28 points to grab the first seed, while Shreveport, which was undefeated in North conference play like Faith Training at 18-0, is the No. 2 seed with a ranking of 18.11.

FTCA, the West conference champion, is the No. 3 seed with a ranking of 16.94, while Philadelphia (16-2) are the No. 4 seed with a 16.06 ranking as they are the winner of the East Conference.

The Patriots don't know who they will be playing yet as Southwest and Old Bethel were in action on Tuesday night.

According to veteran Patriots' head coach James Day, he is expecting to take on Southwest, a team they have beaten several times this season, including recently by almost 40 points.

But when it comes to playoffs, Day said the previous matchups don't count.

"Throw the records out the window," he said. "I expect it to be a very tough game and they will be ready to play."'

The Patriots are led on the court by the senior duo of Ashton Austad and Preston Nolde.

Austad is arguably one of the best outside spot shooters in Vernon Parish, while Nolde is an athletic player with the ability to drive the lane and hit an outside shot.

Terrell Newman, Seginald Bryant and Skylar Phillips will likely garner the other starting spots, while Joseph Harris is a key player off the bench, giving the team instant offense with his energy.

Newman loves to slash to the lane and score, while Bryant handles the point guard duties as well as leading the team in scoring, rebounds, steals and assists.

Phillips is a newcomer to the starting lineup and has proven to develop into a solid inside presence over the past few outings.