The Byrd Lady Jackets haven’t gotten off to their usual strong start, but coach Toni Martinez isn’t worried. Her team has played a challenging non-district schedule heading into the Christmas break.
Among the teams Byrd has played are Ponchatoula, West Ouachita, Natchitoches Central, Zachary and West Monroe, which are a combined 47-11. After defeating Bossier 57-52 on Monday, the Lady Jackets (6-10) don’t play again until the Doc Edwards Tournament.
“We have been on the road playing some very good teams,” Martinez said. “But we have some kids who have been playing well for us.”
Alexus Dean led the way against Bossier with 13 points, while Mercedes Brown added 12 and Amber Jackson 11.
“Ronesha Murff is doing a good job. Those kids have really turned it on lately,” Martinez said.
Evangel: Another team undergoing transition with a strong schedule is coach Meoka Young’s Lady Eagles. The co-district 1-2A champs of last season lost five seniors and return one veteran player in Rachel Johnson.
“We are real young and we won’t score a lot of points, because I’m going to slow it down,” Young said. “These kids have to learn to compete. But I guarantee you that when we get to district play, we will be ready.”
Young has added daughter Tiara, a seventh grader, to her lineup and the youngster is her second leading scorer. She pumped in 14 of the team’s 34 points recently in a loss to Caldwell.
The Lady Eagles (6-8) have lost to West Monroe, St. Thomas Aquinas, Mandeville and Pineville (combined 41-8). But they defeated highly regarded Loyola 44-37 Tuesday and will play at Wossman on Monday before heading to the Winnfield Tournament.
North Caddo: Two of the best matchups of the year in girl’s high school basketball may be played in Monroe on Dec. 27 and 28. The Lady Rebels, 2A’s top-rated team, will play currently undefeated Natchitoches Central on Dec. 27 and undefeated Ouachita, 5A’s top-rated team, on Dec. 28 in the West Monroe Tournament.
Ouachita features Lady Techsters-signee Daja Chase, while North Caddo offers McNeese-signee DeDe Shephard.
The Lady Chiefs have one of the top unsigned girls players in the area in Gabriella Cortez.
Ruston: The Lady Bearcats (11-4) picked up a first-round 42-39 win over Jonesboro-Hodge in the opening round of the Minden Holiday Classic on Wednesday.
Keke Wright led the way with 12 points against the Lady Tigers, but Suni McAllister is averaging about 16 points per game, according to coach Doc Hoeffler. Aalyieh added 9 points for the Lady Bearcats, who played a second round game in Minden on Thursday.