The West Monroe The West Monroe Lady Rebels begin district play Tuesday with a home date against the Ruston Lady Bearcats.
There are no secrets between friends and that is much of the storyline entering this 6 p.m. tipoff for the 2-5A showdown at Rebel Gymnasium.
Former West Monroe basketball assistant coach Merideth Graf is in her first season as head coach at Ruston and she took fellow WMHS assistant Lucie Hunt with her to Lincoln Parish.
Nobody knows the Lady Rebel playbook like those two and they are implementing some things they learned in their time under West Monroe coach John Green.
“They earned being in that job,” Green said of his former assistant coaches. “Ruston is a veteran team. We don’t have a lot of depth right now.”
Green and the Lady Rebels (15-4) went 2-1 in the Sidney Smith Invitational at West Monroe to close the 2017 portion of their schedule.
Green said his team “scrapped” against some very talented teams and they hope they can take some lessons learned from that tough Iota loss to get some momentum strung together in of the state’s toughest districts in all of girls high school basketball.
West Monroe is currently ranked No. 13 in the Class 5A power rankings.
Ruston (12-7) is No. 14. Others from 2-5A include No. 5 Ouachita, No. 12 Natchitoches Central, No. 18 Alexandria and No. 19 Pineville That is six teams in one district in the Top 19 of 5A teams in the state.
The Lady Rebels will continue the district schedule also hosting Pineville Friday, January 12.