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’15 Preview: West Ouachita Chiefs Boys/Girls

West Ouachita Chiefs| 2014-15 Record 18-14 | Head Coach: Derek Lopez

Coach Derek Lopez will take over for the Ouachita Chiefs this season. Coach Lopez was an Assistant at Ouachita under Casey Jones and previously led Jennings High School from 2012-2013. West Ouachita’s key player is District 2-4A Most Valuable Player Saxton Becker. Becker averaged 21 points per game last season for the Chiefs and received Honorable Mention for LSWA Class 4A All-State team. In 2014, Becker also received All-Northeast Louisiana and All-District honors.  

West Ouachita was one point away from making the playoffs last season. Coach Lopez returns a team filled with experience, sound structure, and a stingy defense. The Chiefs are very dangerous and will be a force in District 2-4A.

Players to Watch:

  • Seniors: Clay Blackston, Will Wallace, and senior T.R. Masters.

West Ouachita Lady Chiefs| 2014-15 Record: 24-9 | Head Coach: Jimbo Murphy

Coach Jimbo Murphy was named the Northeast Louisiana Coach of the Year last season. Coach Murphy won over 20 games for two consecutive years. District 2-4A Co-Most Valuable Player (MVP) Senior Trinity Griffin, is a key component to the Lady Chiefs success. At 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, Griffin can post under the basket while having the athleticism to step outside for a 10-foot jump shot. She is a good defender and her potential is endless. Trinity was LSWA All-State Honorable Mention after averaging 15 points per game,10 rebounds per game, and 3 blocked shots per game.

Griffin’s final tally in the playoffs last season against Ellender boasted an impressive 20 points, 20 rebounds. Trinity Griffin is a University of Louisiana at Monroe basketball commit and her potential is endless. Griffin continues to work hard on and off the court to maximize her talents. Trinity is the daughter of Leonard Griffin former Grambling State University defensive end who played eight years with the Kansas City Chiefs. Coach Murphy and the lady chiefs should continue to be a force in District 2-4A.

Players to watch:

  • Senior guards Anna Wigley and Sierra Gasca.

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