Ahh, the Christmas season is upon us. In the world of high school basketball as played in Louisiana, that means a wide assortment of tournaments and showcases for the girls’ and boys’ teams in the area. In this edition of the Shreveport-Bossier Journal Prep Hoops Report, we will review the days of play prior and what Shreveport-Bossier has going this weekend.
Shootout at the Ranch
Despite a scheduling mishap on Friday night, Southwood hosted local teams and others to “The Ranch” for two days of hoops action. The Lady Raiders of Huntington had the most impressive showing with a 70-39 win over Gibsland-Coleman. Other local teams that participated were both teams from the host school (Southwood), the Captain Shreve Lady Gators, and the BTW Lady Lions.
1-5A girls cranking up
Having one of the biggest districts in the state means district play begins early for the girls’ teams in 1-5A. Byrd and Airline had a preview of what is to come during district in Doyline this past weekend, when the Lady Jackets prevailed. All teams were to begin league play Tuesday night but the stormy weather postponed everything. Wednesday night, three lid-lifters were played: the Lady Gators beat Southwood by six, Haughton handled Byrd by 13 and powerful Parkway more than doubled up Natchitoches Central on the road. Benton at Airline, originally set to tip Tuesday, will now be played Dec. 22.
Many of the boys’ teams and a few of the girls’ teams in the area are hitting the road this weekend playing all around Louisiana. Seven Shreveport-Bossier teams are playing in the 32nd Annual Car Giant Minden tournament. Calvary advanced earlier on Wednesday with a 66-53 victory over Parkway. Other boys’ teams participating are North Caddo, Loyola, Haughton, Green Oaks, and Northwood.
The girls’ bracket of this tournament sees the Lady Giants of Green Oaks, the Lady Flyers of Loyola, and the North Caddo Lady Titans beginning play on Wednesday evening and night.
The Lady Raiders will take their 7-1 record on the road to Walker, east of Baton Rouge, and play in the Walker tournament. They will play Ruston on Friday night and Albany on Saturday.
One of the biggest December tournaments in Louisiana, the Rumble on the River presented by Madison Prep, will play host to Huntington, Woodlawn, and Booker T. Washington. Huntington will play East Ascension on Thursday, Catholic-BR on Friday, and close out the Saturday night session with host team Madison Prep. The Lions of BTW will play perennial power Walker on Friday night and EA on Saturday. The Woodlawn Knights may have the toughest draw as they play defending state champ Archbishop Hannan on Friday and Walker on Saturday.
The Southwood Cowboys will travel east on I-20 to Ruston and play two days in the Bearcats gym. They will tangle against Jonesboro-Hodge on Friday and Arcadia on Saturday.
Captain Shreve will make its annual trip to Beauregard Parish to play in the DeRidder Dragons’ tournament beginning Thursday.
Teams of the Week
The Lady Raiders of Huntington are on a roll. They have won seven straight this season and have been led by one of the best freshmen in the Boot, Kyndal Graham. They have a very good chance of extending that streak to nine games this weekend at Walker.
On the boys’ side, the Calvary Baptist Cavaliers have not lost a game in Louisiana. They have won every game they have played in state. Winning the Minden tournament will propel them to 10-0 in Louisiana going into the week before Christmas. We will see how it goes this weekend.
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