Posted On: 12/9/17 2:37 PM
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1) Carencro (10-2)
Carencro this season has been able to do something that no team outside of Madison Prep has been able to do in Louisiana the last two years, and that is beat Scotlandville. They were able to do the same thing they have done all year to beat teams, and that is to grind it out and play tough defense. Carencro is giving up only 49.1 so far this year. However, if you are playing Carencro this year, and you get to 60, you have a pretty good chance of winning. In both the games that they have lost, they have given up 59 and 60 points, the two highest scores posted on them for the year. Carencro has the right mixture of youth and experience, and they are lead by a host of seniors, most notably 6’4 SG Braylon Chaisson. One of their biggest contributors has been 6’5 freshman guard Joseph Charles, who has a chance to contend for the top player of the 2021 class.
2) Bossier (8-3)
For my money, Bossier has had one of the five toughest schedules to start the season so far this year, and I can really only see one easy win on their season so far. Every other win has been earned, and they have some very impressive wins on their resume, including wins over Southwood, Lafayette Christian, and Peabody. They are lead at the helm by 2019 G Jacoby Decker, an absolute stud on the offensive end, and lightning quick on both ends of the court. Another impact performer for them is Dante Bell, a long 6’7 sophomore that has shown flashes of Robert Williams in his game. Bossier is going to be very good this year, but come next year, they might be the best team in the state.
3) Woodlawn-Shreve (10-1)
Woodlawn was able to show exactly what they are capable of when they got to the championship game of Hamilton Christian’s tournament last weekend. That is the start for a very tough December for them, and by the end of December we should know exactly how good the Knights are. Next weekend they are going to be at Madison Prep’s tournament, and they end the month with games taking on Bossier and Madison Prep. If they can finish with a decent record by the end of it, they have a chance to move up to the top spot by the time the new year rolls around. They are lead by 2019 G Tra’michael Moton, an absolute scoring machine on the offensive end.
4) Deridder (8-3)
Deridder is another team that has faced a tough schedule to enter the year, and it is only going to get tougher for them. They went 1-2 at the Hamilton Christian tournament, and over the next month are going to face tough competition in both their own tournament, as well as the Bossier tournament. They are lead by 2018 Louisiana signee, 6’7 Randy “RJ” Gladney, who is an absolute stallworth on the defensive end. He has the size, length, and athleticism to be an absolute difference maker on both sides of the court, but there are also some long, talented athletes around him.
5) Tioga (7-4)
Tioga started the season off blistering hot, winning their first 6 games of the season, but have cooled off going just 1-4 over their last five games. However, each of those four losses have been against very talented teams, and teams that have a great shot at making the final four this season. Making the final four might be just as tough as winning their district, as they are district foes with Deridder, and there is a good chance the last final four spot comes down to those two teams. They are lead in large parts by their backcourt of 2018 G Dustin Roy, and 2019 Tylan Sanders, both of whom are averaging over 16 ppg so far this season.