Lady ’Stangs to face Calvary, not Laughlin, in opening playoff game

February 20, 2019

LAUGHLIN — The Laughlin High School Lady Cougars’ basketball season is over after all.

The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association on Tuesday restored six victories among the 11 previously forfeited by the Calvary Chapel Christian High School Lady Lions, putting the Lions back into the NIAA Southern League playoff picture and knocking Laughlin out.

The announcement by NIAA administrative hearing officer Ira Levine ended a confusing week for the Southern League teams and finally set the playoff pairings. Calvary winds up as the fourth seed, at 7-7 in league play, and will face top-seeded Needles at 6:20 p.m. Friday at Del Sol Academy of Performing Arts in Las Vegas.

Lincoln County and Lake Mead Academy meet in the other league semifinal on Friday. The championship game is set for 4 p.m. Saturday.

Laughlin officially ended the season with a 6-8 record in Southern League games. The Lady Cougars had, for a few days, been awarded a victory in an earlier meeting against Calvary after the NIAA forced the Lady Lions to forfeit 11 wins. But six of those wins — including the earlier meeting against Laughlin — were restored, moving Calvary Chapel past Laughlin in the league standings and into the final playoff spot.

Calvary did acknowledge during hearings last Friday that it had played an ineligible player. However, they used a right under the Nevada Administrative Code which allows schools to challenge the forfeits as long as there is enough evidence that shows they would have won the games in question without the participation of the ineligible player or players. Calvary Chapel had gone from having a 12-2 league mark and being the No. 2 seed to being 1-13 and not making the playoffs. Officially, the Lady Lions wound up at 7-7 once six victories were restored.