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|Defense and rebounding: key for Patriots|
The Franklin Parish Patriots (19-3) will begin district play with a home contest against the Neville Tigers (22-7) Tuesday night and continue at West Ouachita on Friday night.
Neville is a possible sleeper team in district 3-4A this season. Neville finished fourth in the district last season and had some young talent returning this year, but the Tigers have shocked a lot of good teams on their way to being considered a serious threat to the district crown for the Patriots.
The Patriots are well rested and focused for their game this week. A week off has given the team fresh legs and a chance to work on the fundamental aspect of their game.
"We focused a lot last week on our defense and rebounding," FPHS head coach Wystee Kerry said. "We spent most of last week working on fundamental things."
Neville is a dangerous team mostly due to their aggressive style of defensive pressure that has baffled head coaches around the state thus far in 2010.
"They play a very aggressive man defense," Kerry said. "It is a situation where we have to protect the basketball against them."
Neville began district play Friday night with a 66-53 victory over West Ouachita High School. Freshman point guard K.D. Turpin is one youngster that is turning heads around the district this season. He has scored in double figures during several contests and as a freshman has shown incredible poise and control of the basketball.
His matchup with the stars of the Patriots such as Roosevelt Walker and Tyrell Winn should make for an interesting match that local fans can enjoy this week.
Friday the the Patriots will hit the road to visit the West Ouachita Chiefs (14-7) in West Monroe this week. The Chiefs have won five of their last seven games even with the loss to Neville on Friday. All of the victories in that span have come against Class 1A and C competition including Ouachita Christian School, Mangham, Forest and Marion High School. Two of their seven defeats have come a the hands of the 19-1 Caldwell Spartans who are looking to be a serious Class 3A state championship contender in 2010.
The Lady Patriots will also be in action against Neville and West Ouachita as they begin play at 6 p.m. each night.