BASKETBALL

How Parkway girls basketball's Chloe Larry is driven by older brothers' athletic success

Jimmy Watson
Shreveport Times

The word around South Bossier is that Chloe Larry might be the most talented of the trio of Larrys who have provided lots of success to the Parkway athletic programs. 

Amani Larry, 21, was the quarterback for the Panther football team and led the baseball team to a deep run in the 2019 state tournament. He’s playing baseball at the University of New Orleans.

Gabe, 19, was a standout in football, basketball and baseball, earning 2020 honors as The Times Male Athlete of the Year.

Parkway's Chloe Larry drives past Benton's Marissa Schoth in Thursday's playoff game.

Neither brother won a state title, however.

Enter Chloe, 16, a district champion in track and arguably the best player on Parkway’s softball team with the ability to earn a scholarship in either sport. But where the 5-foot-6 sophomore really thrives is on the basketball court as guard on the top-ranked Class 5A team in the state. If the Lady Panthers don’t become the third different District 1-5A team in consecutive years to bring home a championship trophy next month, district folks will be shocked. 

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Chloe and the Lady Panthers opened postseason Thursday night with a 61-15 victory over Acadiana on their home court in front of a near packed house. Chloe scored 10 points while leading a shutdown defensive effort.

Although she’s often overshadowed statistically by Mikaylah Williams, who led the Lady Panthers with 22 points, Chloe makes her presence felt on both ends of the floor. Her brothers are impressed even if she hasn’t reached their level of play.

“Not yet, haha, but she’s getting there,” Amani joked. “Gabe and I are two different competitors and I think Chloe takes a little from both of us. But at this rate she will eventually be there.”

Gabe, who is playing football at East Central Community College, said his sister always wanted to be where he and Amani were – the gym or the field.

“Or even going out to throw and catch the football with us,” Gabe said. “At a young age she always wanted to compete, and she never liked losing. She wouldn’t want to go home until she won, and that built the character and competitiveness that she has now because we never let up on her.

"We played like we were playing people our age. Also, having two brothers that have different aspects, like physicality and mentality, also helped because both sides were being demonstrated to her since she could remember.”

Chloe said it was challenging to be their little sister because they defeated her in every sport she attempted. 

“I believe that is what has made me the competitive person I am,” Chloe said. “Gabe always has helped me physically because he has always been the bigger and better athlete, but Amani helped me mentally because his mindset always allowed him to beat Gabe even though Gabe was better. And I’ve watched and learned those skills from them for years and now use them for my own good.”

Chloe wishes her brothers had more success during their days at Parkway, even though she hasn’t tried to be anything like them. 

“I knew all I had to do was be who God made me to be and everything would fall into place,” she said. “That’s one of the things they always told me to remember.”

The Lady Panthers have a long way to go – four more wins -- to capture a state title. 

“We’re 100% behind her,” Amani said. “One of us was bound to bring the state trophy back to South Bossier.”

Jimmy Watson covers Shreveport-Bossier area sports. Email him at jwatson@shreveporttimes.com and follow him on Twitter @JimmyWatson6.