ELTON, LA (KPLC) - After being knocked out in the quarterfinals last season by district foe Merryville, Elton has their sights set on making an ever deeper postseason run. And with a 19-3 overall record and a number two ranking in class 1-A, the Lady Indians are well on their way to do so.
“I’ve seen them communicate more amongst each other and it really has been a defining moment for this group," head coach Roland LaComb said. "They’ve really committed themselves to the program and a higher expectation of what we had last season.”
And while most teams look to the seniors to provide leadership, junior Summer Ceaser has been the cornerstone for this Elton bunch. The center is the glue and helps create a chemistry that makes a difference on the court.
“Since we’ve been playing with this group of girls that we’re playing with now it’s easier," said Ceaser. “It feels easier, everything seems so easy to us and it comes easy to us. We also know each other. It makes it so much easier to play with your teammates, and we,ve been playing with each other since we were little girls so it comes easy.”
“Summer has matured wonderfully. I’ve seen her relationships improve with the other players. There’s not so much friction between everyone, it’s more welcoming and she’s taking them under her wing and sharing this program with everyone," said LaComb.
Ceaser along with a cast of seniors that include the James twins recently took down rival Merryville to end the Lady Panther’s 49 game winning streak in district play. It was also the first victory for Elton over Merryville in 13 games.
The Lady Indians hope to make that run on the back of the upperclassmen leadership.
“The twins carry a big load here and I think there’s going to be a gap and I think I’m going to have to fill that gap and that’s a big gap to fill. It’s going to be hard but I’m ready to take on that challenge," added Ceaser.