LADY WOLVES HOOPS
Lady Wolves are the LHSAA Class 3A State Champions!
Loranger defeats Madison Prep 42-38 in overtime!
ALEXANDRIA, LA—The number two-seeded Loranger Lady Wolves basketball team captured the AllState Sugar Bowl LHSAA Marsh Madness Class 3A championship after defeating the number five Madison Prep Lady Chargers 42-38 in overtime at the Rapides Parish Coliseum in Alexandria.
It marked the first time since the 2000 campaign that Loranger had won a Girls state basketball title.
“We didn't get off to a good start,” said a elated head coach Sean Shields. “When we went into overtime I knew we could be in trouble with Rivers fouled out and Mingo had four personals, and it was going to take a miracle for us to pull out a win.”
“It was unbelievable on how we pulled this out” added Shields. “I am so proud of their effort. At first we were not attacking them at all and we were trying to avoid contact. In the third quarter, we hit a couple a big threes that turned the momentum and that gave us some confidence.”
Loranger began game shooting cold from the floor as championship game jitters caused five first quarter turnovers. The Lady Wolves shot three of 14 from the floor, but managed to only trail 7-5 at the end of the period.
A three-point play by JaMaya Mingo and a layup by Linsey Ard accounted for all the points. In the second period, a put-back basket by Sydney Rivers left Loranger trailing 10-9 with 2:58 remaining in the first half.
Madison Prep went into stall tactics to get the Lady Wolves to come out of their 3-2 zone defense. The Lady Chargers held the ball for over two minutes and then waited for the final shot of the first half. Madison Prep missed on a 3-point attempt in the final seconds and went into the break with a narrow 10-9 lead.
In the third quarter, the Lady Chargers extended the lead with a pair of layup baskets and a pair of free throws to make it 16-9 with 4:02 remaining.
Loranger's first bucket of the second half came with 2:16 left in the quarter on a mid-range jumper by Mingo to cut the deficit to 16-11.
A three-point goal by Lulu Hookfin pulled the Lady Wolves to within two at 16-14 and then Hookin sank another three-pointer on Loranger's next possession from the baseline to give the Lady Wolves their first lead of the game at 17-16. A put back basket by Ard put Loranger up 19-16 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Wolves used their momentum to break down the Madison Prep defense. Rivers hit a baseline jump shot to make it 21-16 with 6:41 left to play. Loranger's defense forced Madison Prep into hurried shots and turnovers.
Mingo picked up her fourth personal foul with 6:11 remaining to play and had to go to the bench. In her absence, the Lady Chargers went into the bonus and hit three straight free throws. But Hookfin scored on a fast-break layup giving the Lady Wolves a 23-19 edge with 5:34 left to play.
Mingo re-entered the game with 4:33 left and sank a pair of free throws to give Loranger a 26-20 advantage. Rivers picked up her fourth personal foul with 3:45 left to play and Madison Prep took advantage driving toward the basket. The Lady Chargers scored on a baseline jumper and on a pair of free throws to pull to within 28-24 with 3:20 left.
Madison Prep went on a 6-0 run to give the Lady chargers the lead at 30-28. But Ard countered with a 3-pointer and Mingo delivered on a pair of free throws to give Loranger a 35-32 lead with 1:09 left to play.
Rivers fouled out with 51 seconds remaining and the Lady Chargers closed to within 35-33 on a pair of foul shots.
The Lady Wolves held the ball on their next possession running the clock down to 15 seconds. A walking violation gave Madison Prep one last chance to tie the game.
The Lady Chargers scored on a layup forcing an overtime period tied at 35-35.
In the extra session, Madison Prep scored on a fast break basket and completed a 3-point play with a free throw to give the Lady Charges a 38-35 lead.
Moments later Ard sank a baseline three-point basket and Mingo added a free throw to give Loranger back the lead at 39-38 with 1:36 left.
Madison Prep could not get a shot off and Loranger forced a tie-ball situation with the arrow pointing toward the Lady Wolves bench. Mingo sank a trio of free throws to seal the 42-38 overtime victory.
“I get really frustrated when I miss 3-pointers,” said Linsey Ard. But once Lulu hit those two 3s we were perfectly fine.”
Ard led the Lady Wolves with 15 points, including two three-point goals. Young followed with 13 and Lulu Hookfin added eight points, including two three-point goals. Sydney Rivers netted four and Breanna Terral scored two points.
Loranger ended the season with a outstanding 25-7 record.
Lady Wolves advance to the LHSAA Class 3A Championship game!
Loranger defeats Albany 65-49 in semi-final.
ALEXANDRIA, LA—The Loranger Lady Wolves dominated in the paint on offense outrebounding the Albany Lady Hornets 18-5 to roll to a 65-49 victory and advance to the LHSAA Class 3A Championship game set for Saturday. Junior JaMya Young led all scorers with 27 points to pace the Lady Wolves offensive surge. Senior Linsey Ard tossed in three treys and finished with 13 points for the winners.
Albany made an early statement winning the first period 10-9, but the Lady Wolves had a lot of bite in the second period outscoring the Lady Hornets 22-12 to take a 32-21 lead at the intermission. Loranger padded their margin in the third with a 19-9 run and cruised in the final period to secure the win.
Senior Desrael Schnyer was stellar on the boards grabbing nine rebounds while tossing in six points. Sophomore Kiana Foster had seven points, while senior Sydney Rivers added six more for the Lady Wolves.
Lady Wolves are headed to the Big Dance!
Loranger defeats Iota 59-35 to advance to the Final Four in Class 3A.
LORANGER—Earning a trip to the CLass 3A final four in the LHSAA is never easy, but the Loranger Lady Wolves made it seem so as they made quick work of the visiting Iota Lady Bulldogs rolling to a 59-35 quarterfinal victory. Three Lady Wolves finished in double figures as Loranger is headed to the Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Girls' Marsh Madness set for February 26-March 3, at the Rapides Coliseum, Alexandria Louisiana.
The Lady Wolves wasted no time in punching their ticket to the LHSAA Class 3A Championships as they went on a 22-5 run in the first period and led 41-13 at intermission. The Loranger Ladies pushed their advantage to 53-19 by the end of the third and called off the dogs in the fourth as they cruised to a 24-point victory.
Junior Jamya Young led Loranger with 21 points followed by seniors Linsey Ard and Sydney Rivers with 14 and 10 points repectively.
Loranger will play District rival ALbany that defeated Northwest 56-41 to advance. It will be the third time Albany and Loranger have met this season with Loranger winning both previous contests.
Lady Wolves advance to Quarterfinals with 62-37 romp over Jennings!
Loranger to host Iota Thursday.
LORANGER—The Loranger Lady Wolves took care of business in round two of the LHSAA State Class 3A Playoffs handing the visiting Jennings squad a 62-37 setback. The victory propelled Loranger into the Quarterfinals set for Thursday when they host Iota. Junior
Loranger opened the contest with a 9-1 run and led 15-7 after one period. Jennings stiffened in the second period as the Lady Wolves managed only a 10-8 advantage but still held a double digit lead at the half at 25-15.
Both teams struggled offensively in the third period as Loranger managed only nine points and Jennings eight. However, the Lady Wolves found their mark in the fourth out-gunning Jennings 28-12 to cruise to a double-digit win. Jennings got as close as six at 36-30 early in the fourth, but a trey by junior Jamya Young put the Lady Wolves back up by nine and they pulled away. Young would finish with 24 points to lead all scorers. Jennings failed to cash in at the charity stripe only hitting on nine of 24 attempts, while Loranger was 11 of 16.
Senior Sydney Rivers finished with 11 points for the winners while fellow senior Linsey Ard added 10. Jaz Sonnier led Jennings with nine followed by Tow Withers with eight and Thmyra Patterson with seven.
Lady Wolves make quick work of Bogalusa.
Loranger advances to regionals with 77-39 victory.
LORANGER—The second-seeded Loranger Lady Wolves opened the LHSAA Class 3A Playoffs in impressive fashion making quick work of the visiting thirty-first-seeded Lady Jacks of Bogalusa with a 77-39 victory. The Lady Wolves will advance to the regional round hosting fifteen-seeded Jennings on Monday.
The Loranger Ladies wasted no time putting away Bogalusa as they used the three-point shot to build a 32-2 advantage after one period of play. Senior Linsey Ard hit a pair of treys to pace Lady Wolves and would finish with 13 points. Senior Desrael Schnyder led Loranger with 17 while Shaute Chatman also had 17 points to lead the Lady Jacks. Loranger enjoyed its largest advantage late in the contest leading by 40 at 77-37 in the final minute.
Jennings defeated Caldwell Parish 68-51 to advance for their second round game with the Lady Wolves.
Lady Wolves complete perfect District season.
Loranger Ladies roll past Sumner 61-24 on Senior Night.
LORANGER—The Loranger Lady Wolves wrapped up their final regular season home game in impressive fashion rolling past Sumner 61-24 to remain undefeated in District play.
The Lady Wolves opened the contest with 16-6 run, but the Lady Cowgirls rallied in the second period tossing in 12 but still trailed 33-18 at intermission. Loranger played suffocating defense in the second half limited Sumner to just six points.
Senior Linsey Ard led the Lady Wolves with 13 points, while Jamya Young had nine and Carley James added eight.
Lady Wolves are the CHAMPS!
Loranger Ladies get key road win over rival Albany 45-32.
LORANGER—The Loranger Lady Wolves basketball team captured the District 7-3A championship after defeating the Albany Lady Hornets 45-32.
The win gave the Lady Wolves the season-series sweep over Albany giving them their second league loss while Loranger stays perfect with a 6-0 mark. The Lady Wolves will seek to end league play undefeated when they host Jewell Sumner on Tuesday, Feb. 6 on Senior Night.
After a slow start, the Lady Wolves rallied with a flurry of 3-point goals and outrebounded the Lady Hornets by double-digits to secure its 16th victory of the season. Loranger shot seven 3-point goals for the game to Albany’s none.
“Were averaging seven 3-pointers per game,” said Loranger head coach Sean Shields. “I think we have one of the best shooters in the state in Linsey Ard. If she would have got going tonight you would see fireworks and sparks shooting out of the net. We also got a couple key post points from Sydney Rivers and mid-range jump shot by Jamya Young.”
The homestanding Lady Hornets played in front of a packed gymnasium and got the home crowd roaring jumping out to a 10-2 lead.
The Lady Wolves committed seven turnovers on its first eight possessions leading to the Albany scoring surge. Loranger¹s first basket didn't occur until 2:56 remaining in the period on a layup shot by senior Desrael Schnyder.
“We allowed their physicality to upset us,” said Shields. “I communicated to them that it was Senior Night for them (Albany) and they came out and played unbelievably well to start the game.”
After a timeout, the Lady Wolves quickly answered with a pair of 3-pointers from sophomore Kiana Foster and senior Linsey Ard to cut the deficit to 10-8 at the end of the first period.
A low scoring second quarter prevailed but Loranger moved ahead for good at 14-12 on a three-point play by sophomore Lulu Hookfin with 3:20 remaining in the half. The Lady Wolves outgunned Albany 6-3 in the second period to take a narrow 14-13 advantage at the half.
Loranger extended its lead at the beginning of the third quarter with four straight 3-point goals by Schnyder, Foster and two by junior Jamya Young. Loranger ended the quarter forcing a turnover when Ard stole a pass at midcourt and fed Schnyder for a layup and then Young nailed a pair of baseline jumpers to make it 37-20 heading into the final quarter. The Lady Wolves outscored Albany 23-7 in the period to break the game open.
A 3-pointer by Loranger's Linsey Ard gave the Lady Wolves a 40-23 lead with 6:21 remaining in the game. Albany closed the gap to 42-30, but the Lady Wolves got baskets by Schnyder and Young to seal the 45-32 win. Loranger ended the quarter outgunning the Lady Hornets by a 12-8 margin.
“They did a heck of a job.” added Shields. “I’m proud of the girls with their patience and execution. We are a battle tested team with the schedule that we've played this season and it showed tonight.”
Young led Loranger scoring attack with 15 points, including two 3-point goals. Foster followed with six, including two 3-point goals and Ard added six points, including two 3-point goals. Rivers finished with five points and Hookfin netted two points for the Lady Wolves.
The loss marked the first home defeat for the Lady Hornets, who dropped to 23-5 on the year. “We shot very, very poor tonight,” said Albany coach Stacy Darouse. “We struggled shooting the basketball. We were down by one at halftime when I felt like we should have been up by a couple of buckets. We came out in the third quarter and just had some defensive break downs combined with the poor shooting. Hats off to them (Loranger) they played better than us tonight.”
The victory gives Loranger the outright District 7-3A championship as Lady Wolves (16-7) prepares for the upcoming state playoffs.
The Lady Wolves are ranked seventh in the latest Class 3A power rating. The top 32 teams will make the girls state basketball playoffs in Class 5A, 4A and 3A. The LHSAA will release the girls basketball playoff brackets on Feb. 11. The Girls March Madness Tournament will be held Feb. 26-March 3 at the Rapides Coliseum in Alexandria. It will feature the semifinal and championship games in all classes.
Lady Wolves open district play in impressive fashion.
Loranger Ladies rout Bogalusa 63-30.
LORANGER—The Loranger Lady Wolves tipped off District play in impressive fashion Wednesday night with a 63-30 thrashing of the visiting Bogalusa Lady Jacks. Loranger senior Desrael Schnyder led all scorers with 17 points followed by sophomore Lulu Hookfin with 12 and junior Jamya Young with nine. Quantasia Lewis led the Lady Jacks with 12.
Loranger will host longtime rival Albany on January 16 in a key district match up with the Lady Hornets entering the contest ranked number three in the LHSAA Power Rankings while the Lady Wolves are ranked seventh.
Salmen ends Loranger Ladies playoff run.
Salmen defeats Loranger 60-53 to advance to the semi-finals.
LORANGER—The Loranger Lady Wolves saw their hopes of a Top 28 apperance fade away Thursday night as Arianna Cook drained the nets for 28 points to lead her Lady Spartans to a 60-53 win. Cook
worked outside and inside collecting nine points outside the arc and the rest in the paint. Ashanti Eden added 15 point for the winners and Jaylen Henderson had 13.
Loranger’s Jamya Young who saw
lmited action due to nursing an injury led the Lady Wolves with 14 points while Sydney Rivers had 11 and Kiana Foster nine.
Lady Wolves headed to LHSAA Quarterfinals!
Lady Wolves defeat Woodlawn of Shreveport Lady Knights by a 61-54.
LORANGER—The Loranger Lady Wolves basketball team will advance to the Class 4A quarterfinal round of the state playoffs for the first time since the 2001 campaign.
The Lady Wolves captured their regional round win by disposing the visiting Woodlawn of Shreveport Lady Knights by a 61-54 score.
The No. 1 ranked Lady Wolves improved to 24-1 on the season while the No. seeded 16 Woodlawn of Shreveport ends their season at 16-10.
The victory did not come as easy as some of the games the Lady Wolves have played this year. Woodlawn played a physical game and it took more than three quarters for Loranger to match their physicality.
“It was a dogfight,” said Loranger head coach Sean Shields. “This game took a lot out of us. It was very physical and the officials let both teams play without the contest being out of control. It feels good to get out of the second round.”
The victory puts Loranger in a quarterfinal matchup against District 8-4A nemesis Salmen, which won their regional playoff over No. 25 seeded Benton.
The quarterfinal will be played at Loranger on Thursday, February 23 with tipoff set for 6:30 p.m. The winner of the quarterfinal advances to the All-State Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Marsh Madness will be held at SLU’s University Center February 27- March 4.
The number nine-seeded Lady Spartans split the season series with Loranger with each winning on its home court. “We played a brutal schedule throughout the year and this type of game we played tonight prepared us for such a physical contest,” said Shields.
“We made some adjustments at halftime and went into the second half protecting the basketball, work our transition game without making turnovers, help teammates when in trouble and work our high/low offense,” continued Shields.
The Lady Wolves went to their high/low offense to begin the game scoring the first two baskets by junior Sydney Rivers who poured in seven of Loranger's first quarter points. Both teams were tied at 9-9 at the end of the first quarter. Woodlawn nailed a pair of 3-point goals to begin the second quarter to take their biggest lead of the game at 15-11 with 6:34 remaining in the second period.
However, the Lady Wolves responded With Rivers hitting a foul line jumper and sophomore Jamya Young sinking a 3-point goal that put Loranger back on top 20-18.
A free throw by senior Anna White and a bank shot by Rivers made it 23-18 with 1:41 left in the half. Woodlawn cut to three with a pair of free throws and a layup to trail 25-22 at the break. Loranger outgunned Woodlawn 16-13 in the second period.
The Lady Wolves expanded their lead in the third quarter. Loranger went on a 8-2 run to begin the period as junior Desrael Schnyder scored on a baseline jumper and on a put back basket. A 3-point goal by White forced Woodlawn to call a timeout to stop the scoring surge. Rivers would score 10 points in the third quarter to spark the Lady Wolves to a double digit lead. Loranger outgunned Woodlawn 21-14 to take a 46-36 advantage heading into the final period.
Free throw shooting would be the key for Loranger to hold on to their lead in the fourth quarter. The Lady Wolves sank 10 of 13 from the foul line to keep the Lady Knights at bay.
Loranger maintained its lead outscoring Woodlawn 19-15 to seal the win.
Rivers led the way with a season-high 29 points. Junior Linsey Ard followed with nine and Schnyder and senior Sydney Starkey each had eight points apiece.
White netted four and Young finished with three points. Carley James had two points for the Lady Wolves.
M. Caldwell led Woodlawn pouring in 23 points, including five 3-point goals.
The Lady Wolves will need another solid performance on Thursday to dethrone Salmen. The contest will put each team against each other for the third time this season. “Its going to be another dogfight,” said Shields. “Both teams know each others plays and strengths and weaknesses. The kids know each other and have played together during Summer ball. It will be up to the task on what team can best execute to determine the winner.”
Lady Wolves celebrate Senior Night with 84-11 romp over Pearl River.
Three Loranger Ladies score in double-figures. Anna White and Sydney Starkey were honored in ceremonies following the game.
LORANGER—The Loranger Lady Wolves made quick work of the visiting Pearl River Lady Rebels Monday night jumping out to a 31-2 lead and then cruising to an 84-11 victory. Jamya Young led all scorers with 21 followed by Desrael Schnyder with 16, and Sydney Rivers with 14. The Loranger defense proved especially suffocating in the second half as they held Pearl River to just four points while scoring 32.
2017-18 Hoops Record
Lady Wolves 25-7, 10-0
2016-17 Hoops Record
Lady Wolves 25-4, 9-1
2015-16 Hoops Record
Lady Wolves 28-4, 10-0
2014-15 Hoops Record
Lady Wolves 15-13
2013-14 Hoops Record
Lady Wolves 23-9, 9-1
2012-13 Hoops Record
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