Rhecie Lee and Jmyrehea Douglas both graduated in the Port Allen High School Class of 2013, but it’s doubtful they’ll lose contact in the near future.
The two will see each other quite a bit this fall — and perhaps a few years after than — when they play basketball for Southwestern Community College.
The former Lady Pelicans signed scholarships and have ventured to Creston, Iowa (an hour south of Des Moines) to begin practice for the fall season.
Lee, consistently one of the top scorers for the Lady Pelicans, averaged 15 points per game. She lettered all four years for PAHS and earned spots on the All-District roster two years.
Douglas, meanwhile, averaged 12 points per game for Port Allen and emerged as a rebound leader for the Lady Pels. She lettered all three years she played for the Lady Pels, and earned spots two years on the All-District roster.
“It was the best fit for me because I like small schools,” said Douglas, who also excelled in track and volleyball. “I’m looking forward to going to another level.”
She plans to major in Physical Therapy.
She is the daughter of Renicca Wolfe.
Lee, meanwhile, plans to major in Criminal Justice.
She said she’ll miss her family and living in a city environment.
“I’m going to a very small town, so it will be a total change,” Lee said.
She is the daughter of Richard and Carolyn Lee.
Both join a Lady Spartan squad that hopes to pull from an 0-30 finish last year.
It’s a new start in another way for the team.
Addae Houston has taken over the spot as head coach.
He said Douglas and Lee would fit well into his program.
“When I saw Jmyrehea and Rhecie, I saw two players who were both very athletic,” Houston said. “Douglas can jump and rebound well, while I saw Lee as a quick athletic guard I can play into my system.”
As for Houston, he hopes Lee and Douglas can help turn around the program.
“It has nowhere to go but up,” he said. “They had issues with recruiting and problems with coaches moving in and moving out.
“Part of the reason for hiring me was that I wanted to bring consistency and stability to our program,” Houston said.