Varnado boys struggle in home loss

Published 11:41 am Monday, February 16, 2015

Varnado struggled against a Madison Prep team that has size, quickness, length, speed and depth in a 101-35 loss at home in a District 6-1A contest Friday.

“They’re the best team in the state no matter who you include,” Varnado coach Brad Oestriecher said. “All I could ask for was full effort and try and get better. I think we did both.”

This season, Madison Prep, which entered this week as the No. 1 Class 1A team in the unofficial power ratings on the LHSAA site, has scored 90 or more points 11 times and has gone over 100 five of those times.

The Chargers’ average margin of victory at press time this season is 37.5 points over their 27 games, all wins.

Madison Prep won the tip and quickly scored to make it 2-0.

Varnado’s D.J. Jefferson gave the Wildcats their only lead when he knocked a three with 7:21 to go in the opening period.

But Madison Prep went on a 12-0 run to open up a 14-3 advantage.

Josh LeBlanc, who posted eight points, hit for two. Brandon Sampson, who finished with 11, was good on a 3-pointer before LeBlanc made it 9-3 on a field goal.

Jalen Brown, who recorded 15, made a pair of free throws, and it was a 12-3 game with 5:44 remaining.

Sampson capped the run with a 2-pointer, and Madison Prep was in front 14-3.

James Williams trimmed it to 14-5 at the 5:12 mark, but Madison Prep scored the next 11 points and led, 25-7, after one.

The Chargers continued to expand the lead throughout the second period and took a 46-14 advantage to halftime.

The second half was more of the same, and the Chargers led, 77-21, after three before going onto the 66-point win.

Coach Oestriecher said playing a team like this will help his club get better and help get them playoff ready.

“Right now, we’re sitting at a 23-seed. We’re hoping to get at least a playoff win this year,” Oestriecher said.

Errol Varnado led the Wildcats with nine points while Delrick Abrams posted eight. Isaiah Alexander and Exavier Gentry tallied five each. Jefferson had three, Williams and Darden posted two each, and Leshon Whitson added one.

Madison Prep’s William Lloyd scored 16 points while Josh Anderson had 13. Jeff Jones Jr. posted seven, followed by Jharon Whitfield and Yuryk Lazard’s six. Christian Thompson and Demarrius Antoine put up four each.

Kobe Julien and Justin Garner posted three each while Tasmin Walker added two.