Ouachita Parish looks to tough schedule to prepare Lions

The Ouachita Parish boys’ basketball team is looking to capture momentum from the Lions’ run to the 2016 Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s (LHSAA) Class 5A semifinals and extend it to Ouachita Parish’s tough 2016-2017 schedule.

“I think our schedule will challenge,” Ouachita Parish coach Jeremy Madison said.  “We are playing some quality teams and going to some tough tournaments, and I believe our pre-district / tournament schedule will prepare us for district.”

Ouachita Parish’s tough non-district schedule features some of the state’s elite basketball programs with a road game against 2016 Class 3A quarterfinalist Carroll Bulldogs on November 17, the 2016 LHSAA Class 3A State Runner-up Wossman Wildcats at home on November 29, the 2016 LHSAA Class 4A State Champion Bossier Bearcats at home on December 13.

Ouachita Parish’s starting five will consist of senior point guard Rod Hall (5’7”), senior forward Jay Head (6’7”), senior guard Donald Williams, junior Kenderius Wallace (6’4”) and junior Willie Lapoole (6’5”).

The Lions will also look to senior guard Cephus Gix (5’10”), sophomore guard Paul King (5’7”) and sophomore forward Myron Washington (6’7”) to give Ouachita Parish added depth coming off the bench.

Senior guard Zavion Hart (6’1”), senior forward Jamar Anderson (6’1”), sophomore guard Reginald Hill (5’10”) and sophomore forward Julius Brown (6’1”) round out the Ouachita Parish roster.

In order for Ouachita Parish to have a successful season, Coach Madison points to the importance of the fundamentals of the game.

“We need to play good defense and rebound the ball,” Coach Madison said.  “We also must share the basketball on offense.”

Ouachita Parish will compete in one of the state’s toughest boys’ basketball district in District 2-5A, and Coach Madison believes that his Lions must come to play in every game in the district season.

“Our district is one of the toughest in the state,” Coach Madison said.  “We have the defending 5A state champions (Natchitoches Central) in our district.  Every team in the district has improved from last year so it will be a challenge every night in district.”