Plaquemine Lady Green Devils have also been hard at work this summer in preparation for the upcoming school year and hoops season.
Head coach Brannon Dillon and his Lady Devils participated in three camps during the month of June, one at McNeese, Nicholls State and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Participating at these camps gave the Lady Devils the opportunity to play teams they do not normally play during the regular season.
“It gave the girls a visual as to how other teams across the state play basketball,” Dillon said. “All the games were competitive and challenging. Everyone on the team played and everyone got the opportunity to see the intensity and speed of varsity basketball.”
Coach Dillon does not put much stock in the outcome of the summer games, but uses them as an opportunity to see which players could possibly contribute at the varsity level for the upcoming season. The Lady Devils played students entering the seventh grade all the way to this year’s senior class.
Dillon will look to return to form this year when he returns a handful of experienced veterans. Some standout juniors returning to the court this season are: point guard Tyrielle Watkins, guard Carleisha Stevens and shooting guard/forward Shakira Wicks.
His two returning seniors are forward/center Breanna Dillon and guard Shauniece Mitchell. Freshman Chantoryia Rivers, along with the veterans, showed flashes of greatness throughout this summer’s camps. Other standout players include: Asia Collins, Zakarius Osborne and Ceiara Davis.
“The potential on this team is unbelievable,” Dillon said. “My task is getting them to buy into playing as a unit, playing as one.
“All the pieces are in place to be successful this season. We have a legitimate point guard, an outside shooter, a penetrator and a presence in the paint.”
The Lady Devils shared the district 6-4A crown last season with rival St. Michael and handed STM their first district loss since 2011. The Lady Devils were forced into a round one exit in last season’s 4A postseason, however, after falling to No. 11 Warren Easton.
PHS will look to dominate 6-4A once again this year with nearly every player returning to the court. The team lost just one senior to graduation, albeit one of the best players in the history of the program, Kiffani Young.
After the June programs, several Lady Green Devils participated in AAU basketball. Tyrielle Watkins, Carleisha Stevens and Shakira Wicks play on Dream Big Elite out of Donaldsonville; Breanna Dillon plays on Livingston Ladies out of Livingston Parish and Asia Collins and Ceiara Davis are members of the Bayou Blaze squad from Plaquemine.
“As a team, we just have to stay humble, trust and believe in your teammate and play as a unit,” Dillon added. “I love this team and all the potential on it. This is a special group of young ladies.”