The Bossier Parish Community College Lady Cavs open the 2017-18 basketball season Friday night in Baton Rouge.
The Lady Cavs are playing in the two-day Baton Rouge Community College Lady Bears Classic.
BPCC is coming off an 8-21 season in the Lady Cavs’ fourth season under head coach John Rennie.
BPCC returns two starters — 5-foot-3 sophomore guard Ashlyn Jacobs of Mansfield and 5-10 sophomore forward Savannah Thomas of Shreveport.
Jacobs averaged 17.4 points per game last season and shot 86 percent from the free throw line. Thomas averaged 8.3 points and 5.3 rebounds.
Two former Bossier Parish prep standouts are in the projected starting lineup for the season opener — 5-6 sophomore guard Brandy Harris of Benton and 5-10 sophomore forward Tyra Kidd of Airline.
Harris, the MVP on The Press-Tribune’s 2016 All-Parish team, started 15 of 29 games last season. She averaged 4.5 points.
Kidd, an All-Parish first-team selection, played in all 29 games last season. She averaged 5.5 points and 3.3 rebounds.
Monette Bolden, a 5-6 freshman guard from Erath, and Damilola Balogun, a 6-0 center from Lagos, Nigeria, are the other projected starters.
“We’re playing a very difficult schedule again this year,” Rennie said in a press release. “I looked at the preseason national rankings, and we have three of the top six on our schedule this year, including two-time defending national champion Gulf Coast State, as well as two-time national runner-up and conference opponent Trinity Valley.
“We have the depth to match up better and compete for 40 minutes this year. Our sophomores have made a lot of progress over the last year. Then, with the newcomers we have added, we feel we should be able to return to the regional tournament. It definitely wasn’t enjoyable not playing postseason basketball last year.”
BPCC’s first home game is Nov. 17 against Hill College.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org