The Brusly Panthers boys basketball team prepares to begin district play next week with a 15-4 record.
“I really feel like we are a team to watch out for in district this year because we are hot right now and on a roll,” sophomore Nick Penell said. “Coach Loupe and Coach Jackson have set us up in a good position and it is up to us to take advantage of that.”
The Panthers won a close game against Berwick on Jan. 6, beating them 49-46. Sophomore Jalen Forest led Brusly with 12 points, followed by Penell and senior Daryl Jones.
Head coach Kirby Loupe said District 6-3A is one of the toughest districts in the state this year.
This year, Madison Preparatory Academy has moved up from 2A to 3A.
“They are the defending 2A state champions, so they are going to be tough,” Loupe said. There will be a challenge in each district game this year Loupe said.
“U-High is a perennial power each year,” Loupe said, “and Glen Oaks is a very well-coached team. Mentorship Academy is very athletic and is always a tough draw.”
The West Feliciana Saints have returned most of their starters from last season, and Baker High has one of the most talented teams in the state, Loupe said.
“We are a tough, battle tested team,” Loupe said. “We just need to show up and compete whether we are at home or away.”
Loupe said this year’s team is a young one and they have made plenty of mistakes, but are resilient and have shown that they can overcome.
“We are ready to go,” Loupe said. “You can expect us to play up-tempo. We pride ourselves on being defensive and playing smart basketball. We are ready for the challenge.”
The Panthers will have a chance to avenge a their tough loss last Friday against their former district rivals, the Port Allen Pelicans, this Friday in the Brusly gym.