Improved Lafayette Christian ready for regional playoff game _lowres

Advocate photo by Brad Kemp St. Thomas More's Megan Abrams drives in between Iota's Becca Fantroy, left, and Mallory Faul during a game last season.

Sophomore point guard Megan Abrams, regarded as one of the top players in the Lafayette area and emerging prospects in the Class of 2018, has left St. Thomas More and transferred to Lafayette Christian Academy.

STM coach Stephen Strojny and Abrams’ father Billy confirmed the move Wednesday.

“Everybody involved with our basketball program is completely shocked,” Strojny said. “This took us by surprise.”

Megan Abrams started in every game during her 1½ years at STM. As a freshman, she led the Cougars, averaging 16 points a game and to a spot in the Class 4A state regionals.

She was leading the team again in scoring this season at 15 points.

“We had nothing but a good experience and good appreciation at St. Thomas More,” Billy Abrams said. “It was a difficult decision we had to make due to our circumstances. While it’s not our most desired outcome, we appreciate those who understand our situation.”

When reached for a statement Lafayette Christian coach Errol Rogers offered no comment.

“I’d rather not say anything right now,” he said.

Megan Abrams has withdrawn from STM and enrolled at Lafayette Christian, where she would not eligible to play for the Class 1A basketball program for a calendar year.

“It was a very tough call, but that’s how it ended up,” Billy Abrams said.

STM climbed to the top of the LHSAA’s unofficial power ratings this week in Class 4A, having just competed in the KSA Shootout in Orlando, Florida, where the Cougars went 1-2 against teams from New York, Florida and Alabama.

STM improved its record to 11-4 Tuesday with a 51-34 victory over Acadiana, a game in which Abrams did not participate.

Strojny said he met with Abrams’ father earlier Tuesday, when he learned of his daughter’s intentions.

Abrams earned first team All-District 5-4A honors and was selected to The Advocate’s All-Metro team.

Abrams, who has a 4.0 grade-point average, has already landed scholarship offers from LSU, Louisiana-Lafayette, Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, McNeese State and Grambling State.

“In our mind everything was going great, and it was kind of a bombshell,” Strojny said. “She was very successful, very well liked and in good standing. I want to spend 100 percent of my time and effort on the 15 girls out there who want to be here and toe the line and play as hard as they can. That’s our focus.”