Bossier High School enjoying 50-game district win streak

Bossier High School enjoying 50-game district win streak

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Bossier High School enjoying 50-game district win streak

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Bossier High, Jeremiah Williams and championship are terms that have often been in the same sentence since Williams took over the Bearcats’ program before the 2007-08 season.

Bossier made championship appearances in four of Williams’ first six seasons, winning the Class 4A title in 2011.

But district play is when the Bearkats have really shined. Bossier has a 50-game winning streak in district play dating back to Williams’ first season, and they will attempt to extend that streak today at BTW.

“District doesn’t hold as much weight as much as it did before (the power rankings), but everybody wants to be a district champion,” Williams said. “The number one goal is to win state, but we want to win the district, too.

“There is still pride in being a district champion, and it’s a more competitive district this season.”

The Bearkats start their third season in District 1-3A in which they’ve gone 6-0 the past two seasons.

Only Green Oaks remains from that league with Loyola and North DeSoto moving to Class 4A. But the district got a shot of basketball adrenaline with the addition of North Webster, BTW, Evangel and Mansfield.

“It’s more competitive, and it’s a bigger district,” said Williams, which may put Bossier’s district winning streak in more jeopardy than it’s been in the past two years. “There is a greater opportunity to lose … and we’re excited about the tougher district because it prepares you to be tough.

“North Webster beat us once, and that town of Springhill always produces long athletes. Evangel is already competitive, Green Oaks has a good team and BTW and Mansfield — you never know what could happen. We have to have a mind-set to play at a high level.”

Bossier began the year with only one returning in Devonte Hall, but other Bearkats (13-7) are defining their roles along side the talented Hall.+

Hall said the learning curve hasn’t been easy, but he sees progress.

“It’s been tough,” Hall said after the Natchitoches Central win on Jan. 4. “But we’re getting there.”

Williams added, “We’ve still got growing to do, and there are signs we’re getting better. We’re defending better, and they’re settling into their roles. Early on, coaches try to establish roles and rotations, and you hope to have that stuff settled by district. We’re still not playing our best, but we don’t want to peak too early anyway.

Natchitoches Central (15-3) moved up to 5A No. 3 in Tuesday’s LHSAA unofficial power rankings. The 3A No. 5 Bearkats have won five of the last six games, including a 73-69 win at 4A No. 4 Tioga (19-2) on Tuesday.

Players like Darius Leary, Malik Dunn, LeJerico Moss and Travis Manning are filling around Hall to create depth that Bossier’s known for.

“Leary is a senior, so we always expected him to step into that role when his time came,” Williams said. “We had some communication issues early, but these guys are leading now.

“Malik is that blue-collar, lunch pail guy. LeJerico Moss and Travis Manning are settling in. I think we have the opportunity to make some noise.”

Other district teams are making noise as well.

North Webster (14-7) challenged Class 3A power Richwood in the Doc Edwards finals after advancing through a difficult field. Evangel (12-8) has solid wins like Loyola, North Webster and West Monroe. Green Oaks (6-12), whose lost seven of eight, has pushed teams like Huntington while beating Northwood, Airline and Parkway. BTW (6-7) challenged Southwood and Parkway and owns a win against Fair Park. Mansfield (6-11) started 6-3 before losing their last eight.

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