The Downsville Charter basketball team has made great strides under first year head coach Alexander Howell.
Coaching both the boys and girls hoops squads, Howell has seen each team improve since working in the summer to getting the season started this month.
On the boy’s side, Downsville is coming out hot on offense with over 90 points per game.
Sophomore Asa Boyce is making a huge impact with 21 points per game and 19 rebounds per game through five games.
He recently put up 41 points and 22 rebounds in a 97-65 win over Central Jonesville. A win over Class 3A Caldwell Parish has been the highlight of the season.
In that game, senior Drew Clark poured in 37 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Clark is averaging 21 points and 7 assists per game.
“Our post play has been our strength,” Howell said. “Right now, we are focusing on getting reps and improving our defense. We are scoring a lot but also giving up a lot on defense.”
On the girls side, Downsville is again dealing with a lot of young, inexperienced players but the improvements there are obvious despite an 0-6 record.
“We are improving every game, Howell said. “We have been in a lot of games with teams that beat us last year by 30-40 points and we are keeping their starters in the whole game. It is a slow process, but I see us moving in the right direction. We are very young, it is a learning process.”
Piper Bennett, a returning first-team all-district selection will be relied on heavily on both ends of the floor.
She is getting big help from sophomore Sunee Miller who was a second-team district selection last season. Miller poured in 40 points and 12 rebounds in a 66-50 loss to Central Jonesville last week.
Downsville competes in District 2-C where Epps has dominated as of late.
“Epps is the team to beat,” Howell said. “But I feel like we can make some noise and compete for that top spot. We are much improved from last year and we have more depth.”