EAGLES LOOK TO SOAR BACK TO THE TOP
The Warren Easton Eagles won the first girls championship in the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic.
Lawriell Wilson scored 17 points in an Eagles win over Salmen.
But the biggest prize at the end of the season proved to be elusive. The Eagles lost in the 4A semifinals 55-50 to St Thomas More. Easton made just one of their first 12 field goal attempts and trailed 11-2 in the first quarter. A shot by Sabrina Banks to win it in regulation would not fall, and the Cougars won in overtime.
Easton head coach Darius Mimms said St. Thomas More's experience was a factor. "They have been there before," said Mimms. "It was the first time for us to be in that situation."
The Eagles have a great chance to get back. Only one player from the 2013 squad was lost to graduation. Post player Jeremica Edwards signed with the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Among the returning stars are Class 4A all-state guard Lawriell Wilson, who averaged 14 points a game. Honorable mention all-state selection Kichelle Figueroa, a sophomore, returns to form one of the best backcourts in Louisiana girls basketball.
Mimms said his players learned much in the playoffs.
"No question, teams were playing us harder," said Mimms. "We got to the point in the playoffs where we thought we couldn't lose. Now, our kids understand that one game and you could be out."
Easton started this season with 10 wins in their first 11 games. Their only loss was to Ouachita in Monroe in the host school's tournament.
In January of 2013, the Eagles beat Salmen 42-39 in the finals of the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic. The defending champs are aiming to for a repeat in 2014.