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Local basketball action tips off Thursday night

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The boys basketball programs hope to continue their success, while the girls aim seek a return to playoff action this season when hoop action tips off Thursday.

All four teams will begin their hoop seasons in the Port Allen Jamboree, which starts at 4 p.m. 

Here’s a peak at what the local teams will bring to the court this season.

 

BRUSLY BOYS – BHS coach Harold Boudreaux begins his fifth season at the helm of the Panther hoop program.

Boudreaux led the Panthers to their best season in more than 10 years when BHS reached the 3A quarterfinals, which ended in a loss to Bossier. 

“We have something to look forward to and now these guys have the experience and know what it takes to get there,” he said. “Without the preparation, you can’t get it done. 

Standouts for the 2012 season will include senior Jay Christophe, who averaged 18 points per game; senior DiMario Jackson, who had an average of 20 points per game; sophomore point guard Robert Taylor; junior Kwanston Askins, incoming freshman Michael Bryant (6-1).

“We should have a good positive year,” Boudreaux said. 

 

PORT ALLEN GIRLS – Coach Demetrius White hopes the combination of stability and success in another girls sport will payoff for the 2012-13 Lady Pelicans.

White starts his fourth year as head coach, which means the seniors in his class should know his system by now.

“We’re all seniors now,” he quipped.

He’s also upbeat about the players who will come from the volleyball program (in which he served as an assistant to head coach Wayne Conaway), which matched the most successful season in the history of that sport at PAHS.

“I’m hoping that transfers to basketball,” White said. “In some of my early practices, I’ve seen that. I’ve talked to the underclassmen and said it’s not what we do, but how we do it.”

Lady Pelican seniors include shooting guard Rhecie Lee, center Jmyrhea Douglas, Gabreille Thomas and point guard Denisha Wolfe. 

He’s also upbeat about center Lauren Keys, Shazmine Nicholas and point guard Jalisha Wilson, who played AAU ball last summer.

White hopes the work over the last four years transcends to victories this season.

“We’re looking for the fruits of the labor,” he said. “It’s been thre and four years for a lot of them, so they know what I want and what to expect,” he said. “I hope this year the seniors will really help carry this team.”

 

 

PORT ALLEN BOYS – The Pelicans hope to return to the state championship tournament for the first time since the 2008-09 season. 

PAHS should have plenty of talent to get the wheels turning on that goal. 

Junior Nick Parker, a 5-11 point guard, leads the pack for the Pels. He scored his career high 38 points in action last season against Southern Lab in the Brusly High School Invitational.

Prospects who played during the summer program include Marcus Keyes, a 6-5 sophomore; junior Adrian Franklin and junior Joshua Walker.

The Pelicans ended their 2011-12 season 21-9 after a loss to Donaldsonville in the 3A regionals.

 

BRUSLY GIRLS -- The Brusly Lady Panthers hope experience will lead them to their first winning season since the 2009-10 run. 

BHS finished last season 9-18, one year after the Lady Panthers mustered a 7-19 record.

Liza Whittington heads into her fifth season as Lady Panther head coach.

Prospective Lady Panther standouts for the 2012-13 slate include junior Donkita Williams, sophomore Madison LaPrairie and junior Asia Nelson.

 

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