Shreveport-Bossier Prep Hoops Report: Plenty of holiday action

T’was the week before Christmas and all through the city, there were round balls bouncing on the hardwood and district and tournament play aplenty….

Seriously, the holidays bring about a time for families to gather. If high school hoops are being played, that is a time for families to go and support their sons, daughters, nephews, and nieces who play. Shreveport-Bossier has plenty of hoops going on before Christmas Day. In this edition, we will talk about the past and present before we take a basketball break for Christmas.

Road Warriors? Not so much 

In recent history, the top boys’ teams in District1-4A have been Huntington, Woodlawn, and Booker T. Washington. All three took their act on the road to the Rumble on the River hosted by Madison Prep. The teams in south Louisiana were rude hosts as the three local teams went 2-5 on the weekend. Woodlawn went 0-2 and BTW was 1-1, beating East Ascension by 20. Huntington took two of its biggest losses to the Chargers and Catholic-Baton Rouge. The Raiders lost each game by 20 or more. All three teams will have to shrug off the disappointment if they plan on seeing these south Louisiana squads later in the playoffs.

Captain Shreve continued its winning ways, gaining a W over Lake Charles College Prep as the Gators went 2-0 in DeRidder. Southwood went 1-1 in Ruston and C.E. Byrd ended the Midland tournament at 2-1. The Lady Raiders split their two games at Walker, defeating Ruston and losing to Albany.

Ranking the area 

Tuesday saw the release of the latest power rankings in Louisiana for the Non-Select and Select classes. On the boys’ side, there was some movement in each division.

On the Select side, Captain Shreve is No. 5 in Division I followed by Huntington at 9. Southwood took the largest drop due to some of its recent losses and is now ranked 25th. The Evangel Eagles sit at No. 3 in the Division II power rankings. They are followed by Woodlawn at 16 and BTW at 18. The Calvary Baptist Cavs are the highest-rated local team in any Select classification coming in at No. 2 in Division III. Green Oaks and Loyola are also in the top 25.

Boys’ Non-Select is a little more cut and dried. Parkway (13th) and Airline (19th) are the only schools rated in the top 20 of the power ratings.

On the girls’ Select side, all local teams are in the top 25 in their respective divisions. The Huntington Lady Raiders are the highest rated local team at No. 5 in Division I.

Non-Select is where all of the Bossier Parish schools reside. Every public school is rated 19th or higher with Parkway being the highest-rated team at No. 3.

The strength of District 1-5A in the power ratings is why…

1-5A is the best girls’ 5A district in Louisiana 

District 1-5A is the best district in the state by far. Parkway has gotten off to a 2-0 start with wins over Captain Shreve and Natchitoches Central. As a matter of fact, the only team that does not have a district win are the Lady Cowboys of Southwood. Parkway is head and shoulders the class of the district but every team will have a say before playoffs.

Big local games 

Calvary and Evangel began the week with a top tier boys’ matchup. The Cavs came out the victors, 60-46. Bossier topped Captain Shreve in a nip-and-tuck battle 51-45 at Bossier High. The biggest game left comes today when Huntington meets Calvary. If teams want to enhance their resume, these games will play a part.

Teams of the Week 

The Lady Panthers of Parkway have rattled off six of their last seven and sit at 9-4 on the season. They have won their first two district games and are as hot as anyone in the area.

For the boys, the Byrd Yellow Jackets have turned their season around before Christmas. They have won 7 of their last 8 and are primed for the highly competitive competition in District 1-5A.

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