Cabrini brings strong roster into Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic

Posted by: Ed Daniels in Prep Sports


Cabrini basketball is both young and experienced, and it is that combination that could take the Crescents deep in the Louisiana high school playoffs in 2014.

The Crescents started the season with eight wins in their first 10 games. Two of those victories came against University Lab and St. Amant. Cabrini then scored two of their biggest wins of the season in the Walker High School tournament before Christmas. The Crescents beat two high caliber 5A schools in West Monroe, 44-38, and New Iberia, 53-47.

Cabrini is led by 5-foot-11 sophomore guard Rakell Spencer, a high Division I prospect. Because of her size she can play inside, and her ability to handle the basketball makes this lefty a huge threat in the open court.

Spencer is already getting looks from Auburn, Southern Miss, Central Florida, and Tulane. She was the only freshman on the 2013 All Metro team.

"I am on her every day about getting better," said head coach Nancy Walsh.

Walsh has a host of talented underclassmen to surround Spencer.

Point guard Kelsey Pinera, a freshman, is "running the show" according to Walsh.

Junior forward Kyla Williams is considered a college prospect. Walsh said she is getting attention from "in state schools and smaller Division I programs."

Junior Erin Temple is Cabrini's best defensive player.

Another junior, 5-foot-9 Meagan Lethem, is according to Walsh, a "tough kid." She also carries a 4.4 grade point average.

Walsh said she was disappointed at the play of her team in last year's Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic. She believes Rakell Spencer is "ready to get the ball rolling and put on a good showing."

Walsh notes the depth and quality of the bracket, one that is enhanced even more by a pair of out of state schools.

"We need to get focused for that weekend," said Walsh.

The Crescents plan on making some noise in the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic.