Scotlandville boys basketball coach Carlos Sample sensed concerns after a rare loss last week.
Granted, the Class 5A Hornets (19-2) lost 54-53 to 4A Edna Karr in the semifinals of the Sugar Bowl Classic tournament last weekend in New Orleans.
Don’t push the panic button, Sample warns. Scotlandville gets an almost immediate do-over.
The Hornets host Karr in nondistrict action at about 7 p.m. Tuesday.
“What that game (loss to Karr) shows is we’re human,” Sample said. “We’ve played a lot of really good teams so far. We’ve played Riverside, Landry-Walker, Karr, Madison Prep, Lafayette Christian … a lot of really good teams.
“I thought what we were lacking was intensity, especially on defense. Karr did a good job of getting ahead of us. We came back and took the lead, but they did what they needed to do at the end. That was a game we can learn from, no question.”
The Karr-Scotlandville game helps highlight a busy Tuesday schedule of nondistrict and district games in the Baton Rouge area.
Some coaches don’t like playing a team twice within four days. Facing the Cougars (12-8) again isn’t a bad thing, Sample said.
“Given how distraught our guys were after that loss, I think it’s a good thing,” Sample said of the rematch.
“The thing we stressed at practice is coming out with that intensity.
“People forget that basketball has a long season, and there’s still a long way to go. We’re still trying to get better every week.”
Sophomore Ja’Vonte Smart leads the Hornets with a 22.0 scoring average. Smart, the No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2018, according to 247. Seniors Jordan Adebutu and Garrick Green each add 14 points per game. Vincent Phillips, who scored 19 against Scotlandville on Friday, helps lead Karr.
Scotlandville and the other District 4-5A boys teams aren’t ready to start district play yet. But league play for the girls begins with a key showdown. Denham Springs (17-2) hosts Walker (15-7), last year’s 5A runner-up.
District 6-3A play also continues with some intriguing matchups. Parkview Baptist plays at University High. The girls/boys games will be notable as the PBS boys (10-5, 1-1) try to keep pace with U-High (13-3, 1-0) and the other leaders.
The Parkview girls (12-9, 4-0) are tied with Donaldsonville (13-4, 4-0) atop the 6-3A standings. U-High (13-7, 3-0) trails by a half game.
Another notable girls game is set in 6-1A. Southern Lab (17-3, 4-0) travels to East Iberville (13-5, 4-1).