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Varnado defeated in playoffs

Varnado’s Wildcats were defeated by Franklin, 89-56, in the bi-district round of the Class 2A playoffs on Feb. 27 in a road contest.

The Wildcats had five seniors in Jaheim Hooks, Elizah Miller, Michael Fland, ZyQuantay Bickham and Brandon Jefferson.

Miller recorded a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds to go with three assists and five steals.

Varnado coach D.W. Trosclair said Miller is a silent leader, tough as nails and a great role model for our society.

Jaheim Hooks tallied 12 points, four rebounds and four steals.

Trosclair said Hooks has no fear and is the super hero of the team.

ZyQuantay Bickham tallied 10 points, five rebounds and a blocked shot.

“Out of all my guys, I’m gonna miss the most, I’m gonna miss my guy (Bickham). Great kid who will light up a room, give you his last and doesn’t back down from anyone and anything, especially adversity that’s in his way,” Trosclair said.

and two assists.

Michael Fland posted four points, three boards and six steals.

“Mr. Consistent, our team chaplain, really great person to be around all the time,” Trosclair said.

Brandon Jefferson recorded seven points and a blocked shot.

“Great kid, our comedian of the team. He will keep you laughing, also super-hard worker in baseball, but if his passion was just basketball, he would definitely be recruited somewhere,” Trosclair said.

No. 28 Varnado caps off the season at 9-8.

Fifth-seeded Franklin (27-4) has reached the semifinals and plays against top-seeded Rayville (23-2). Rayville won its quarterfinal game, 130-56, over ninth-seeded Morris Jeff Community (22-6).