Loyd Star begins basketball season Thursday
Published 11:30 am Thursday, November 5, 2015
The Loyd Star Hornets and Lady Hornets will start the 2015-16 basketball season Thursday and both teams are counting on their veterans to have a successful year.
The Hornets and Lady Hornets will travel to Meadville to battle Franklin Countyin two games. The varsity girls will tip off the action at 6 p.m., followed by the boys at 7:30.
Loyd Star will play three games on the road before returning for their first home contest on Dec. 4 against the Bogue Chitto Bobcats.
Lady Hornets return experience
Head coach Gene “Moochie” Britt is entering his third season at the helm of the girls program. He is expecting another great season for Lady Hornets as he has two returning starters – Hannah Dickerson and Jordan Shelby – back from last season.
“We have plenty of experience returning from last year’s team,” said Britt. “Our goal is to continue to work harder and grow stronger as a team.”
The Lady Hornets finished 20-7 overall last year. They were eliminated in the second round of the State 2A playoffs by the Heidelberg Lady Oilers.
The Lady Hornets will have to rely on seniors Jordan Shelby, Caitlyn Beard, Hannah Dickson, Toni Banks and Mandy Russell to provide leadership.
Britt will have a new assistant coach helping him on the sideline in the girls games as Laura McKay has joined the Lady Hornets.
Hornets anxious about season
Britt is a expecting another great season for the Hornets after finishing last year with a 20-7 record.
Britt will have only two starters back – Javion Beard and Levi Redd – to help direct the team along with several other reserves that have some playing experience.
Seniors Gene Evans, Javion Beard, Nathan Lambert, Anfernee Claire, Avery Leggett, Levi Redd, Greg Hooks and T.K. Patterson are expected to have a big impact this season. Lost to graduation last season were starters Edrick Alsworth and Caleb Yarborough.
Loyd Star girls roster
Seniors: Mandy Russell, Toni Banks, Carlie Case, Jordan Shelby, Hannah Dickerson, Caitlyn Beard.
Juniors: Lydia Britt, Caylee Grace Yarborough, Mackenzie Smith, Kaylea Smith, Lauren Smith, Faith Bergeron, Kaylan Smith.
Sophomores: Marley Poole, Katie West, Beonica Furnace.
Freshmen: Christie Patterson, Meagan Poole, Sarah Britt, Jordan Kramer, Abagail Smith
Loyd Star boys roster
Seniors: Gene Evans, Javion Beard, Nathan Lambert, Avery Leggett, Anfernee Claire, Levi Redd, Gregory Hooks, T.K. Patterson.
Juniors: Zach Arnold, Adicuz Harris, Jordon Bullock.
Sophomores: Dawson Zumbro, Cade Hodges, Patrick Price, Berma Dean Hayden
Freshmen: Brent Cade, Jett Calcote, Zabien Price, Gregory Dane Smith, Micah Calcote.
Loyd Star Schedule
12-at Franklin Co.
17-at Bogue Chitto
20-at North Forrest
10-12- Lincoln County Tournament at West Lincoln
22-at Amite County
26-at West Lincoln
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.