SPARTANS HAVE TALENT TO CONTEND WITH ANYONE
The defending 4A state champion Salmen Spartans are hoping to make it consecutive state titles. Head coach Kevin Anderson appears to have a team that is capable of doing just that.
The Spartans are led by 6-6 post Kalani Brown, daughter of former NBA great PJ Brown, who starred at Louisiana Tech.
Brown is one of the top players in the nation in the class of 2015. She has offers from Baylor, Connecticut, Florida State, LSU, Tennessee, and many others. Brown was named to the 2013 USA Basketball's Under 16 National team.
The Spartans also start three senior guards, including Southern Mississippi signee Meghan Brown, who hit two free throws with 0.6 seconds on the clock to beat St Thomas More in the 2013 class 4A championship game. The free throw attempts were the first for Brown in the game.
Salmen won its first girls basketball title since 1997.
Anderson knows that expectation is high for his girls. But he has a very myopic view of the current season.
"We just have to worry about getting to the playoffs," said Anderson. And he said it several times.
The Spartans have rolled through early in-state opponents. They collected wins over Helen Cox and two wins over Cabrini. Salmen's lone early season loss was 45-42 to John Curtis. The Patriots reached the state championship game in Class 2A in 2013.
Salmen reached the finals of the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic. The Spartans fell to Warren Easton 42-39 in a classic championship game.
One of the best teams in the state of Louisiana, the Spartans are led by one of the best players in the nation for the class of 2015. They have high aspirations for the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic, and beyond.