Guard-oriented Mount Carmel looks forward to Allstate Sugar Bowl tourney test

Posted by: Ed Daniels in Prep Sports


Mount Carmel is off to a fast start and would like to finish the season at much the same speed.

The Cubs reached the Christmas break with a record of 13-1. Their only loss was a November 27th 48-46 defeat to John Curtis. Mount Carmel avenged that defeat with a 46-28 win over Curtis eleven days later.

The 2012-2013 season ended for the Cubs with a quarterfinal loss at Ouachita. Head coach Panos Bountovinas said his message to the team was simple. "They had to start believing in themselves," said Bountovinas. "You have to find ways to win."

The Cubs are winning this season, much like last with little size, lots of guards and a deep bench.

Bountovinas said he plays eight or nine players routinely, and he has played as many as 15 in some games.

The Cubs' backcourt includes at least one who will play college basketball. Senior Jennifer Clark signed with Spring Hill in Mobile, Alabama. She averaged 13 points a game last season.

An emerging star is sophomore guard Kristen Nuss, who also starred in volleyball as the Cubs reached the Division I finals in Kenner.

Bountovinas also praised the efforts of Taylor Berry and Paige Frankiewicz.

Both coach and team are looking forward to playing for the second consecutive year in the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic.

"It is great the we have this type of tournament nearby, so we don't have to travel," noted Bountovinas.

The Cubs hope to go deep into the 5A playoffs in March. First, they will be part of a talented bracket at the 4th annual Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic.