Dennisha Chambers has led the Louisiana New Tech at Plain Dealing Lady Lions to two straight Class 1A state championships.
This season, she’ll have a brand new supporting cast. Chambers is the only returning starter from last season’s 28-4 team.
A 5-foot-5 senior guard, Chambers averaged 14.6 points last season. She was an All-Bossier Parish selection and the Class 1A MVP.
Coach Shelia Bryant Dupree has a couple of players back from last year’s team who will move into starting roles — Regina Wells and Deaspria Harris.
The other two starters, though, will be seventh-graders Draunika Thomas and guard Curmincia Stumon.
The 2012-13 season begins today. Here is a look at the other parish teams.
Parkway: Halle Wash-ington, a 6-foot-3 post player who recently signed with Georgia, returns for her senior season.
She was a first-team All-Parish selection and the District 1-5A MVP last season. Washington averaged 14.9 points, 9.3 rebound and 2.6 blocks.
Other returning starters off last season’s District 1-5A runner-up team are Tyiesha Kidd and Mikeala Kirkendoll.
Airline: Coach David Duhon lost a key player when All-Parish guard Madison Raque moved over the summer.
Jasmyn Carswell and Nikki Bryant are returning starters. Sophomore point guard Kei McCoy is a key newcomer.
Haughton: Coach Jennifer Pesnell has a young team with only one senior and two juniors on the roster.
Mikayla Barber, Ebone Green and Brittany Robinett are returning starters. Other potential starters are Amber Brooks and Chelcy Swint.
Benton: The Lady Tigers lost All-Parish MVP Lulu Perry, Caddo-Bossier’s all-time leading scorer, to graduation.
Megan Fream is the only starter returning from last year’s team District 1-4A championship team.
Coach Mary Ward said her junior class should be strong with Fream, Madi Sessions, Destiney Wallace, Jill Anderson and Kylie Moore. Point guard Emma Owen is recovering from a knee injury ACL tear and should be ready to go in December, Ward said.
Bossier: J.C. Dickey takes over as head coach. “We will be led this year by our seven seniors and juniors with some promising young freshmen playing a key role in our success,” Dickey said.