Lions hope to duplicate success

The Louisa Lions boys’ basketball team can be proud of a lot of the things they accomplished last season. Over the course of their 26-5 season, the Lions picked up the school’s first district and regional championship titles in 20 years and went all the way to the state championship game, ending the season as the Class 4 state runner-up.

It’s that last game that’s most prominent on the team’s minds as they get ready for the 2019-20 season.

“Last season didn’t end the way we wanted it to, so we’re gonna have to come back out and make a statement this year and end it with a win,” said Jarett Hunter, one of several players returning from last year’s team. He is one of three starters back from last season, the other two being Xavien Hunter and Isaac Haywood.

Noticebly absent from the starting lineup are Mark Carter and Chris Shelton, who graduated with the class of 2019. Shelton was a key factor in Louisa’s offense, particularly from outside the arch, and Carter proved to be a force to be reckoned with underneath the basket on defense.

In addition to their three returning starters, several other members of last year’s squad are back. Seniors Isaiah Anderson and Price Straley and juniors Armani Comfort, Mahlik Munnerlyn and Terry Neely all return to the court for Louisa.

Rounding out the 15-man roster are several new players at the varsity level. Juniors Jaquan Jones, Nathaniel Fewgans, Avanti Hunter and Latrell Rush and sophomores Jacob Barber, Seth Myers and Jordan Smith join the returning members of the team.

“We know each other pretty well,” Haywood said. “We just have to stick together and go above and beyond for this season coming up.”

With the team hungry for another shot at the state title, expectations are high this season, and the Lions are ready for the competition.

Robert Shelton once again takes up the mantle of head coach, returning to lead The Lions for a fifth season. 

The Lions get the season underway with a home game against the Fluvanna Flucos on Dec. 13. Varsity action tips off at 7:30 p.m.