West Lincoln kicks off season Nov. 5
The West Lincoln Bears and Lady Bears will begin their 2015-16 basketball season Nov. 5 in Monticello as they battle the Lawrence County Cougars in an MHSAA Classic game.
The junior varsity girls will tip off at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity action at 6 and 7:30 p.m.
Bears improved, but young
The Bears finished with a 13-17 record last year. They were eliminated in the first round of the South State playoffs by Leake County.
This year, the Bears have two starters returning – Keshaun London and Ronnie Edwards. West Lincoln will also have several returning players back with experience – Le’Darrius Jones, Nick Brumfield, Adam Martinez, Dominique Chism, Donterrius Taylor and Landon Lynch.
Jayden Rushing, Jatavian Lewis and Garrison Coffey are also on the Bears’ roster.
“We look to be much improved from last year,” said coach Lane Young, who is entering his 14th year at the helm. “The guys had a good summer and our pre-season conditioning went really well.”
“Ronnie and Keshaun will have to carry a big load for us offensively and defensively, but I like our team make-up and competitiveness,” said Young. “The younger players will definitely play a huge role for us this year.”
The Bears will have three seniors – Edwards, London and Rushing – to provide leadership.
Young’s assistant coach is Brooks Smith. Young said Loyd Star, Bassfield and Amite County may be the favorites in the division.
“The district as a whole will be very competitive each night,” said Young. “We will definitely need to bring our ‘A’ game each night this year.”
Lady Bears bring experience
Coach Young’s Lady Bears will look to improve on an 11-18 record last season, as they have all their returning starters back along with a big freshmen class.
The Lady Bears will have three senior starters this season – Hanna Moak, Alli Mullins and Layton Sills will be looked upon for guidance. Joining Moak, Mullins and Sills in the starting five is Demesha Deer and Carly Holden.
West Lincoln has several returning freshmen reserves back – Jana Case, Megan Gerald, Skylar Hall, Elizabeth Stogner, Katelyn Dickson, Keyahna Byrd, Morgan Newman, Makayla Shelton, Brenn Bateman, Haley Moak and Marianna Bivens.
Destiny Williams and Maddie Floyd will also be on the Lady Bears’ roster.
“We return all five starters back from last year along with a lot of freshmen that played significant roles at the end of last year,” said Young. “This is one of the most competitive girls teams that I have coached at West Lincoln. They are working hard in practice each day and making each other better as a team. It will be a fun year coaching them and watching them get better day by day.
Young said “Amite County is still the favorite to win our division with Loyd Star being right behind them.” As far the rest of the teams, it will be a close race between everybody else.
Joining Young as his assistant coach is Brooks Smith.
West Lincoln girls roster
Seniors: Layton Sills, Alli Mullins, Hanna Moak.
Juniors: Carly Holden, Demeshia Deer.
Sophomores: Destiny Williams
Freshmen: Jana Case, Megan Gerald, Skylar Hall, Elizabeth Stogner, Katelyn Dickson, Keyahna Byrd, Morgan Newman, Makayla Shelton, Brenn Bateman, Haley Moak, Marianna Bivens, Maddie Floyd.
Managers: Anna Brooke Davis, Lainey Greer, Mailey Kate Young
West Lincoln boys roster
Seniors: Ronnie Edwards, Keshaun London, Jayden Rushing.
Sophomores: Le’Darrius Jones, Nick Brumfield, Adam Martinez, Dominique Chism, Donterrius Taylor, Landon Lynch,
Freshmen: Jatavian Lewis, Garrison Coffey
West Lincoln Schedule
3-at Lawrence County
12-at Bogue Chitto
10-12-Lincoln Co. Tournament at West Lincoln
14-at Franklin Co.
8-at Loyd Star
2-at Amite County
15-19- Division 7-2A Tournament at West Lincoln
22-23 State Playoffs (First Round)
26-27 State Playoffs (Second Round)
2-12- State Championship in Jackson.