LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - “To be a player of her skill set and to do the little things like she does, it’s just exceptional,” said LaGrange head coach LaKeem Holmes.
Despite being just a sophomore, Jeriah Warren is counted on as a leader for the number three team in class 5A, the LaGrange Lady Gators.
“I can play the one through the five. I guard the point guard and the post and can also grab rebounds,” Warren said.
“She’s the type of player where if you need a big play on the defensive side of the ball she’ll get the steal, the block, or the loose rebound. Last five games she’s taken a charge each game," Holmes added.
Her versatility is reflected in the box score. Warren leads the Lady Gators in every statistic outside of scoring. She averages 12 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 6 steals, and 2 blocks per game.
“I put people in the right position," Warren said. "When we start plays, I tell them what to do and guide them. It’s something different because outside of basketball, I’m not really talkative, but the role helps me grow into that”
“She can have an effect on the game and you’ll never notice it because it’s so natural," said Holmes. “Sometimes we fuss at her about passing the ball. It’s the right basketball play, but sometimes we want her to call her own number more. For someone so young to be so mature on the court, it’s big.”
In a lot of ways, Warren reflects the entire LaGrange team. The Lady Gators have been a young team over the last two seasons, but with them being a more experienced bunch.
“We have to stay focused in all of our games and no matter who our opponent is, play our style of basketball," Warren added.