The Brusly girls basketball team is enjoying the benefits that come with experience.
After a lackluster showing last season, the Lady Panthers have posted a 6-4 record, which already tops the showing from the 2011-12 slate.
Coach Liza Whittington’s Lady Panthers posted two wins in single-game action last week and placed third with two of three victories in the University High Classic.
“We are starting to play together and learn different combinations,” she said. “But we still have only had our full team together maybe one or two times. Either they’ve been sick, and I’ve had one who was in a wreck.”
The Lady Panthers bagged win No. 6 Monday in a 49-37 win over Parkview Baptist, which will play in Brusly’s district next fall.
Sophomore Madison Laprairie paced Brusly with 16 points (including four three-point shots), while junior Donita Williams posted 11 points. Shaquan Murphy tallied 10 points, Asia Nelson had six, Shedrica Pierson score four and Akiya Thymes had two.
The Lady Panthers finished the night 11-for-13 from the free throw line.
Brusly coasted to a 12-6 lead in the first quarter and led 25-10 at halftime.
A LaPrairie three-pointer and a seven-point output by Williams sparked BHS in the first quarter. LaPrairie hit another three-pointer in the second quarter, while Nelson chalked three buckets for the Lady Panthers.
BHS held Parkview to only three points in the first quarter.
The Lady Panthers kept pace in the second half, with 11 points in the third quarter and 13 in the fourth. LaPrairie added another three-pointer, while Murphy and Thymes each had two free throws.
LaPrairie bucketed a three-pointer and two free throws in the fourth quarter. Pierson and Williams each went 2-for-2 at the line, while Murphy had a pair of layups.
The Lady Panthers posted wins over Ascension Catholic and Dunham at the University High Tournament, but dropped a game to Runnels. Williams and LaPrairie scored 13 and nine points, respectively, to pace Brusly against Dunham.
LaPrairie had 19 points and Williams 17 in a 47-35 victory Friday over Ascension Catholic. LaPrairie notched four three-point shots in the win Brusly pulled ahead from a 24-21 halftime lead.
In action to Runnels, Brusly allowed their foes a 16-point rally in the fourth for a come-from-behind win. Brusly led 16-11 at the half and 24-18 at the end of the third quarter.
LaPrairie led Brusly with seven points.
COMING UP … Brusly travels to Baton Rouge this weekend for the Episcopal Classic. The Lady Panthers face East Iberville at 4 p.m. Friday. In Saturday action, BHS meets West Feliciana at 10 a.m. and Doyle at 2 p.m.
The Lady Panthers visit Pointe Coupee Central at 6 p.m. Dec. 18 and entertain West Feliciana Dec. 20.