Big week has Lady Wolves atop of district 10-3A

LORANGER – After a little chat with her Lady Wolves Coach Amy Willie’s Girl’s Basketball Team is on a nice roll entering the second half of district play. “After the Sumner game we talked as a team and said to each other that we can play better,” Willie said.

Willie and the Lady Wolves had a huge week as they came up with two big district 10-3A wins over Amite and Albany to improve their record to 3-1 and are tied for first place with Albany and Sumner.

“We played well. We needed to win those games and the players left everything out on the court and I am proud of them for that,” said Willie. Willie fully understands the pride and tradition of the Loranger Girl’s Basketball Program as she was a member of a state title team back in her days at LHS.

“We have a lot of tradition here at Loranger and we want to make sure that we go out and give it our all as a team each time we step on the floor.” The Lady Wolves played with pride and passion this week.

Loranger tipped off the week with a big 62-48 win over the Amite Lady Warriors.  Loranger led 18-9 after the first period and 35-23 at halftime. Kallie Populis paced the Lady Wolves with 16 points.

The Lady Warriors did make a push at the Lady Wolves as Amite cut the lead to 46-38 as the teams went into the fourth. But Loranger would close the game with a 16-10 run to win 62-48. Sara Boyette had another solid game with 14 and Baileigh Bankston added nine for the Lady Wolves.

Coach Willie and the Lady Wolves then took on the Albany Lady Hornets with first place in the district on the line. Coach Willie has cautioned her team in the past and preaches to them to have a short memory.

“We try and put all game behind us quickly. Weather we win or we lose we have to have to have a short memory and move on to the next game.” And the Lady Wolves did just that as they came up with a 65-62 win over the Albany Lady Hornets.

The Lady Wolves rode the strong play of Kim Culbreath and her game high 27 points. Baileigh Bankston added 11 and Tina Booth chipped in ten points for Loranger. The Lady Wolves have another big week as they take on Independence and then head to Sumner for a big game against the Lady Cowgirls.

“We have a very young team and we have some talented players and now we are getting some good experience. This is a very tough district and we have to take things one game at a time,” Willie said.

Willie said that the keys for her team down the stretch of the season are to play consistently and to keep working hard on and off the court. “We have to put good pressure off the ball and feed off turnovers. Our program has good support, pride and tradition and we want to do our part to make sure that those things continue to happen.”

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