The Madison Prep and Warren Easton girls basketball teams are still waiting to find the right chemistry to take them through the rest of the season.
On Tuesday night, at least, the Eagles were much closer to that goal as class 4A Warren Easton handed 3A Madison Prep a 53-39 loss on the Chargers’ home court.
And it may not have been pretty, but for Warren Easton coach Darius Mimms, it was a step in the right direction.
“We’re learning,” Mimms said. “We played a good game. Out of our first seven games, we went to Shreveport and we lost a couple games that we should’ve won. We’re just trying to get our mojo back. We’re young and we have to learn how to win.”
The Eagles (5-3) jumped out to an early lead on the Chargers (4-2) and not much changed the rest of the night.
The Warren Easton guards overpowered Madison Prep from 3-point range, letting them run free for plenty of long-distance shots.
The Eagles went 5 of 20 beyond the arc, including 3 of 12 from Casey Harris alone.
But it was Easton’s Kiana Anderson who controlled the post for the majority of the night and earned specific praise from Mimms.
Anderson finished with eight points, and the Eagles claimed a 32-23 edge in rebounds.
“We've got Kiana Anderson, and she’s a force,” Mimms said. “She doesn’t really know it yet. Once we get it in her mind that she’s one of the most dominant bigs in the state, we’re going to go far. We can do a lot with her passing.
“Early on, she was doing a lot, trying to catch it and trying to score on four or five people. And I’m like, ‘You’ve got big hands. Turn, watch where the double-team comes from and let’s attack like that.’ ”
Meanwhile, Madison Prep coach Dwayne Hayes said he's still waiting for his lineup to click after six games.
Hayes said he’s still moving some pieces around the floor, and players adjusting to new positions and roles.
Tuesday night, that showed most clearly in the Chargers’ tendency to commit unforced turnovers, as well as their inefficiency in converting Warren Easton’s mistakes.
Madison Prep shot 26.2 percent from the field. Kennedi Moore had a team-high 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting.
“Right now we’re still working on chemistry — chemistry and roles and responsibilities," Hayes said. "We’ve got some kids filling some roles they’ve never had to do and playing more minutes than they ever played before. But I look for them to grow as the season progresses.”