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’15 Preview: Rayville Hornets Boys/Girls

Rayville Hornets| 2014-15 Record 31-3 | Head Coach: Damon West

The Rayville Hornets accomplished a lot last season finishing with an impressive record of (31-3). Unfortunately, the Hornets were not able to quench their thirst of a state title after losing to John Curtis in a thrilling Class 3A Semi-final game at the Boys Top 28 State Tournament at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Coach Damon West hopes to get the Hornets back on track this season and fill up his trophy case. Coach West was named Northeast Louisiana Coach of the Year last season and has an impressive group of players coming back.

The Hornets will be anchored by Micheal Williams (Junior guard) and C’Anthony Murphy (Senior guard) who makeup one of the most experienced backcourts in Louisiana. In 2014-15, Murphy received All-State Honorable Mention honors, while both Williams and Murphy were selected 2-3A All-District and All-Northeast Louisiana. Without a question Williams and Murphy are talented duo that can do it all on the court.  

The Hornets play aggressive and have plenty of athletes. Senior guards Khamad Naylor and Natron Kendricks will suit up after football season. Rayville steps down to 2A and will have at least five players that played on the Semi-finals team back in the rotation.

Players to Watch:

  • J.W. Jones: 6-foot-5 post player forward/center.
  • D ‘Montreal Wilson: Junior guard with great potential.

Rayville Lady Hornets| 2014-15 Record: 11-16 | Head Coach: Jokeirra Sneed

Coach Jokeirra Sneed is a former Lady Techster who is no stranger to winning. Coach Sneed was a great low post scorer/rebounder throughout her college years. Coach Sneed’s first season with the Lady Hornets should be a memorable one with one of the best players in the country on her roster, Micaela Wilson. Wilson is long armed and jumps extremely high. She can defend the post and the perimeter. Wilson has a good motor and high skill set. She is an excellent mid-range shooter that can rebound and block shots. She is female version of Carmelo Anthony. With a good supporting cast this season, the Lady Hornets will be a dangerous team in 2A.

Losing Coach Obaze-Ford will bring about opportunities for the Lady Hornets this season, but  many of the players are coming from a great winning feeder program at the junior high led by Coach Tammy Wilson.

Players to Watch:

Emoni Baker: Junior guard, good shooter who can score in bunches.

Nikita Lyons: Senior forward/center with good low post game and aggressive rebounder.

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