By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
Louisville High School head boys basketball coach Hilute Hudson knows he has some outstanding athletes heading his way as soon as football season comes to a close, but he’s not waiting until then to build his team.
“We are using these early games to get some experience,” Hudson said. “I want to make it where some of these guys can be playing at a high level when the football guys start coming in. That way we can slowly work them into what we are doing, instead of everybody having to get started at the same time.”
The Wildcats are off to a 2-2 start on the season and will next play on Dec. 2 when they pay a visit to New Hope. LHS was originally scheduled to play that game on Nov. 26, but the threat of bad weather led to the rescheduling of the contest.
“I have a mixture (of players),” Hudson said. “We are still relatively young, but a lot of those guys had to play last year. I have got two seniors returning and a couple of juniors, but mostly freshmen and sophomores.”
While Hudson is waiting on the eight players to join his team from the football field, he is dressing out 12 players — four juniors, one sophomore and seven freshmen.
Rod Jackson will be handling the point guard duties for the Wildcats, while Mikal Hollingshead, Demaro Miller, Demarcus Frazier, Nedarion Roberts and Jamario Robertson will play at the two and three guards.
When the ‘Cats go inside they will be looking for production out of Dontae Jones, Anthony Gund, Demarcus Brooks and Gabriel Gale.
Jackson pumped in 20 points and had nine assists in LHS’ season-opening 53-42 win over Philadelphia, while Hollingshead had 19 points and Gale pulled down 10 rebounds and had four steals to go with nine points.
In a 67-55 win over Noxubee County Hollingshead scored 21 points and Jackson had 19, while Roberts scored nine. Gale had seven points and 11 rebounds, with Jackson dishing out seven assists.
The third game of the year saw LHS get into foul trouble in the third quarter and come up short against West Lauderdale by the score of 76-66. Hollingshead led the Wildcats with 21 points, while Gale had 11 points and 12 boards. Taylor Hopkins had five points, five rebounds and four steals for LHS.
Last Thursday night the ‘Cats held a 51-47 lead over Kemper County after three quarters of play, but saw the visitors rally to take a 70-67 win.
Miller scored 15 points to lead LHS, while Jackson had 13 points and 10 assists and Roberts scored 12. Gale claimed a team high 10 rebounds for LHS, with Tyler Kincaid coming up with four steals.