Lady Comets upperclassmen leading squad to special season

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, January 10, 2018

LAPLACE — Coming into the week with a 10-5 record amid a challenging schedule, the St. Charles Catholic Lady Comets have demonstrated strength in teamwork, according to coach Tommy Julian.

However, he sees opportunity for improvement.

“I’d like to see them improve on turnovers and get more consistent in our aggressive style of play,” Julian said.

With a majority of losses coming in narrow margins, Julian believes a lack of consistency has prevented the Lady Comets from becoming a powerhouse.

During practice, Julian is encouraging the girls to be quick and aggressive by increasing the pace of the game.

“The pace of practice has to pick up as we move farther into the season,” Julian said, adding an increased intensity will keep the team from growing complacent during games and letting opponents take the lead.

With amplified energy and aggression, Julian believes the Lady Comets can become a force to be reckoned with.

“They play hard,” Julian said. “They like to run the floor. If they play up to their ability, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they make it far into the playoffs.”

This season, the girls have demonstrated effective teamwork and leadership on the court, he said.

With top performance split amongst the Comets’ five seniors, all of whom have been part of the program for years, every success is a team effort.

No one stands far above others in skill and scoring, but they are all able to jump in the game at a moment’s notice.

“All five starters are seniors, and they’ve all contributed in one way or another,” Julian said. “It’s been a team concept.

“When one’s down, another one’s picking up.”

The seniors, Caroline Julian, Pylar Zeringue, Jori Bryant, Heaven Mamou and Tyler Lennix, have each brought talents to the court this season, according to Julian.

Jori Bryant

Bryant demonstrates quickness and raw athleticism, while Zeringue is the bulldog of the team who takes care of the dirty work.

Rebounder Lennix plays a strong defense and positions herself well underneath the basket, Julian said, and Mamou has gained a reputation as a straight shooter.

Julian, known for her ability to consistently dish out and secure assists, has stepped up this season in terms of shooting and scoring.

The Lady Comets next play at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Scholastica Academy.