LADY WOLVES HOOPS
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.