No. 11 Parkway at No. 6 Sulphur
SULPHUR — The No. 6 Sulphur Lady Tors are looking to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2014 but standing in their way is No. 11 Parkway and its star freshman point guard who has a strong connection to the Lady Tor program.
Standout 6-0 freshman point guard Mikaylah Williams is already getting looks from several SEC schools and she is the daughter of former Sulphur all-state player LaTonya Perry Williams (Class of 2002).
“I have followed her over the last couple of years,” Sulphur head coach Helen Lefevre said. “I have seen her develop.
“I have always wanted to watch her in person, but not necessarily to coach against her. It is going to take a good defensive effort to slow them down. Williams is an all-around complete player. The fact that she is a 6-0 guard will pose some problems for us. She can penetrate, shoot the three and does a great job on the boards with her size. It is going to be a tough second-round game. It will be good to see her (LaTonya) again.”
Latonya Perry Williams helped lead Sulphur to three consecutive district championships from 2000 to 2002, to the quarterfinals in 2002 and 83 wins in three seasons. She went on to play for Northwestern State and led the Demons to the 2004 Southland Conference championship. In addition to Perry Williams, Sulphur’s 2002 quarterfinal team had three other players that went on to play Division I basketball in Claire Berry (Nicholls State), Kristin Duhon (Nicholls State) and Kristin Davis (Northwestern State).
Sulphur (28-5) will host Parkway (23-8) on Monday at 6 p.m. in the regional round of the Class 5A playoffs.
“It is a good team,” Lefevre said. “It is like I tell the girls, there are only 16 teams left, and they are all going to be good,” Lefevre said. “Their guards will definitely match up with our guards. They can all shoot and penetrate.”
Sulphur is on a nine-game win streak since a 51-49 overtime loss to Division III No. 2 Lafayette Christian and is firing on all cylinders after a 93-46 win over Hammond in the first round. Sulphur shot 62 percent while scoring the most points in a game in more than a decade. Senior Addy Tremie scored a season-high 35 points with eight 3-pointers.
“You always hope you peak at the right time and at least that one game I thought we peaked,” Lefevre said. “We shot the ball extremely well.
“When Addy came out the in the first quarter, they were leaving her wide open, and she was hitting those threes. It started to open things inside, and we started getting shots inside.”
Lefevre is hoping to use the Lady Tors’ presence in the lane to help balance out the play of Williams on the outside.
“I feel like, for the most part, our strength has been rebounding, but they are an excellent rebounding team,” Lefevre said. “I feel like our inside game will match up better with their inside game.
“We have been stressing that in practice, especially with her (Williams) being 6-0 and she jumps extremely. She would be a center on our team. She handles the ball very well.”
No. 11 Caldwell Parish at No. 6 Westlake
WESTLAKE — No. 6 Westlake will face one of the hottest teams in Class 3A on Monday in the Class 3A regional round in No. 11 Caldwell Parish.
Caldwell Parish (26-8) has won 12 consecutive games by nearly 18 points a game with a solid balance of guard play from Rylie Tate and Danasia Andrews and forwards Carrisa Gulley and Stacia Tillman.
“They have one that can shoot pretty decent and another that can hit some,” Westlake head coach Gloria Fontenot said. “They have a lot of size with some big girls as big as mine or bigger.
“We are going to have contain them on the boards. It looks like they have a good bench. They rotate a lot of players in. As a whole, they are good. There are not just one or two that you can focus on and shut down. They are athletic. They are kind of similar to what we play, but they press a lot. They are more aggressive defensively. They rely on their defense.”
Game time is set for 6 p.m.
Westlake (20-8) won its first-round game by 20 points over Crowley, but Fontenot is looking for more players to step up on the offensive side. Jada Gasaway and Destiny Peltier combined for 42 of Westlake’s 60 points.
“We still have to clean up our game,” Fontenot said. “We only had 11 turnovers, but we are not finding the open people when they are there.
“We have to do a better job of moving the ball around. We rely on Jada and Destiny to create for us, but we have to get more people involved in our offense.”
Westlake is looking for its first quarterfinal berth since 2016.