It is always a big deal in local high school sports every time Neville and West Monroe meet on the court, field or track. The girls basketball teams renew their series on Tuesday at West Monroe as the junior varsity meets at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity squads at 6 p.m.
This is the first meeting between two of the largest public schools in Ouachita Parish since the West Monroe Lady Rebels defeated Neville 56-53 on Dec. 4, 2012.
West Monroe (5-1) has put in motion a new offensive playbook to strong success so far. The guard-oriented offensive approach has taken advantage of the West Monroe strengths of guard play this season.
The Lady Rebels expect a tough battle with Neville.
They have some people back after being young last year and we know they are always competitive,” West Monroe coach John Green said. “I know our kids will be excited to play and we are looking forward to it.”
Defending Class 2A champion North Caddo beat West Monroe 49-40 on November 24 in what has been the only loss of the season for the Lady Rebels.
Neville coach Lorrie Guimbellot still considers her team “young” with four sophomores and seven freshmen contributing along with one junior (Jayla Lusk).
“Our team is still learning what it takes to play varsity basketball instead of junior high for a lot of them. They are working hard. We don’t have a set lineup right now,” Guimbellot said. “Nothing set in stone yet. Playing a team like West Monroe (Tuesday) will give us a good idea where we are at.”
Neville (1-1) hopes to be able to match up with West Monroe at the guard position and contain defensively.
“They are good,” Guimbellot said of West Monroe. “We hope we can contain their guards and give ourselves a chance.”
Neville is without much of their rebounding and scoring punch until after the Christmas break.
Tyiesha Scott and Sha’Quandra Carter were ineligible to join the team to begin the season but Guimbellot is hopeful,to get the duo back in the second semester. Both players were All-District 2-4A selections last season.
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