By Robin Fambrough
Before she ever played an organized basketball game, McKinley High School's Erica Lafayette had championship dreams. Time after time, she launched shots toward a backyard goal and envisioned winning a championship when the ball rippled through the net.
"That was me … every single day," Lafayette said. "More than anything else, I want to win a championship with my team. We came close. Now there is another chance."
The 5-foot-11 Lafayette is not at the top of any polished recruiting lists. But the McKinley senior has 17 scholarship offers, led by LSU, Wichita State, Southern Miss and Louisiana-Monroe.
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By Rodrick Anderson
If her performance during the summer months is any indication of what is to come, Sulphur High School junior-to-be Moe Patterson will be even tougher to stop this season.
The 6-foot center, who earned first-team all-district honors while battling against some of the top teams in the state in District 3-5A rivals Sam Houston and LaGrange, helped lead Sulphur to a 25-4 record at summer camps from Florida to Texas A&M. She put up double-double stats on a regular basis.
"In our district, she should be one of the most dominant post players this year," Sulphur head coach Helen Lefevre said. "We saw it in the summer.
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