Patterson High School's Zorrie Spain
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Lumberjills battling youth, injuries this season
The Patterson Lumberjills have endured injuries this season but also have a young squad.
Despite all of this, the team’s expectations are higher than a year ago, assistant coach Trevor Richard said.
“This year we have way more expectations than last year,” Richard said of the squad, which finished 7-9 a year ago. “Last year, we finished off with five girls, so basically I’m trying to build the program back up. This year we have 14 girls.”
The team is led by sophomore guard Zorrie Spain, who Richard said is the team leader.
Spain said this season has been tough, but she said the young squad will improve with experience.
“It’s going to get better,” she said.
Spain said it’s a “big spot” being in a leadership role.
“You got to do what you got to do,” she said. “You got to keep everybody positive.”
Currently, Patterson (6-9) has lost three straight games and is ranked No. 41 in the latest Louisiana High School Athletic Association unofficial Class 3A power rankings.
Richard said the Lumberjills have dropped approximately three games this year that they should have won.
“But that’s all about immaturity and turnovers, but I think that we’ll be fine moving forward,” he said.
Patterson’s starting five this season are Zorrie Spain, freshman Nyla Phillips, sophomore Lanasia Firmin, freshman Kalani Harris and junior Randalyn Paul.
Firmin, who had a great freshman season but was injured in the final game of last season, Richard said, recently returned.
“She’s going to help a lot, also.”
The Lumberjacks also are hoping to get back senior Briyanna Butler soon after she missed the first half of the season.
One loss for the Lumberjills this season has been Deasha Williams due to an injury, Richard said.
“Our whole season has been filled with injuries, but like I said, we just got to play through it,” he said.
The Lumberjills are in a new league this year, District 9-3A, where they will play St. James, Lutcher, Berwick, E.D. White and Donaldsonville.
“The only one that we know of is Berwick and E.D. White, because we played them before, but as far as Lutcher, Donaldsonville and St. James, that’s all new to us, so we’ve just been kind of monitoring what they do also,” Richard said.
The Lady Panthers begin league play Jan. 24 at St. James.
A new wrinkle that will be added to district play is a league tournament at the end of the season at St. James.
The tournament will follow the first round of district, and the teams with the top for records in district play will advance to the tournament. The tournament will count in overall records and power points, with the winner of the tournament being named the district champion.
Patterson, which fell to Abbeville a week ago in its last contest, will return to the floor Friday when it hosts Ascension Catholic.