When the Fair Park girls basketball team heads south today for its LHSAA quarterfinal Class 4A meeting with Warren Easton in New Orleans, the bus ride is expected to be entertaining as the team promotes sisterhood of the Lady Indian variety.
Although Dr. Dre and Jay Z haven’t called asking for the rights to their songs, certain members of the Indians brigade enjoy putting together rap songs, especially those involving food items, on long road trips.
JaPorsha Bailey and Rodnecca Ross are especially adept at developing lyrics and rhymes that rival the best rappers in the business.
“On one road trip, they were hungry on the bus and somebody said they wanted a biscuit,” Fair Park coach Cherise Sims said chuckling. “Then somebody said they wanted one with some white gravy.”
It’s easy to see how a song could erupt from that combination.
“They started to sing about how you make gravy,” Sims said. “They have to have a hook to it and everything.”
Sims admits she sometimes is forced to stymie a chuckle at some of the things her young charges come up with.
“JaPorsha is the one you’d least expect to start something like that. She’s funny, but not real outgoing,” Sims said. “Rodnecca is just funny all the time.”
The Lady Indians (26-9), who have posted wins over Woodlawn (78-56) and Franklinton (66-46) in the first two rounds of the playoffs, will find the going tougher against Warren Easton (32-3) today. The Fighting Eagles’ only losses have come against Ouachita, John Curtis and Salmen, which are a combined 82-10.
“I wish Peabody would have knocked them off so we would have another home game, but that didn’t happen,” Sims said.
Warren Easton is averaging winning home playoff games by 47 points. But the Fighting Eagles won’t be playing on their home court in today’s 6 p.m. matchup. Their gym is too small to host a 4A playoff game, so the two teams will meet at St. Augustine High School.
“You have to seat at least 500 people and theirs only seats about 400, so we had to find a gym,” Sims said.
The Lady Indians have two of the best young players in the area in freshmen Ty’Ronica Foster and Dominique Johnson, while senior Savonya Robinson provides an outside spark and experience. The team’s camaraderie off the court, along with the players’ ability to create shots and quality rap songs, could allow Fair Park to get to Lake Charles for the state semifinals.
“They don’t consider themselves teammates – they refer to each other as ‘sister,'” Sims said. “They love free styling on the bus and making a rap song out of anything.”