Controversy continues for LHSAA girls basketball playoffs

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - There may be a second chance for second-seeded St. Michael the Archangel of Baton Rouge to make it into the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's Class 4A girls' basketball title game.

This comes after yet another player's possible ineligibility. It has been confirmed a player from No. 6 seed Salmen High, which beat St. Michael on Friday, was ineligible. A decision on Salmen's situation is expected Tuesday.

Salmen High, which is located in Slidell, was given a second chance after a Baton Rouge appeals court judge dissolved a restraining order that would allow Vandebilt High School, which also had eligibility issues, to play in the semifinal game.

Last week, the LHSAA ruled Vandebilt High School was out of the playoffs because of a potential ineligible player on the team. VHS actually reported the alleged ineligible player to LHSAA. With VHS out of the playoffs, Salmen was put in.

The parents of the alleged ineligible player went to a judge in Houma to get a temporary restraining order on the ban from the semifinal game, which put VHS back in the semifinal game.

Friday afternoon, minutes before the game was about to begin, the First Circuit Court of Appeals dissolved the restraining order that allowed VHS to play in the game. The appeals court said the judge in Houma did not have the jurisdiction to get involved.

Once the restraining order was dissolved, Salmen was back in the semifinal game.

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