PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Much like Kalani Brown, the list of achievements just seems to keep growing.
Brown, Salmen’s 6-foot-6 senior center, has been named Player of the Year on The New Orleans Advocate’s All-Metro Team.
It is the second straight year she has won the honor, adding to a plethora of achievements she has received throughout her stellar career.
It’s one of many Brown repeats.
She led Salmen to back-to-back titles as a sophomore and a junior.
She was also named Miss Basketball by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association as a junior and a senior, becoming one of just three players to accomplish that feat.
Brown, a Baylor signee, played in the McDonald’s All-American Game, a showcase of the nation’s top players.
“I’m proud of every single achievement I have,” Brown said. “They are all rare to have. I’m just blessed and humbled to get the awards and just thankful.”
Brown was an easy choice this season after averaging 23 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.4 as a senior for the Spartans, leading the tam to the state championship game for a fourth consecutive season.
She scored 30 points and grabbed 23 rebounds in the title game loss to Warren Easton and leaves as Salmen’s all-time leader in points (2,392), rebounds (1,471) and blocked shots (605).
KALANI BROWN, Salmen, 6-6, Sr.
Repeat pick as Player of the Year after averaging 23 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.4 blocks for the 4A runner-up Spartans.
KECHELL FIGUEROA, Warren Easton, 5-5, Jr.
Spark plug for the Eagles averaged 14.9 points per game and helped team win the 4A state title.
REHEMA FRANKLIN, Karr, 5-4. Sr.
Guard averaged 18.2 points per game and was major reason the Cougars made it to the Class 4A semifinals.
RAKELL SPENCER, Cabrini, 5-11, Jr.
Versatile Spencer is a two-time All-Metro pick who averaged 15 points per game and helped lead her team to the Class 4A semifinals.
CARA URSIN, Destrehan, 5-7, So.
One of state’s most explosive scorers, Ursin averaged 26.3 points on way to being named Gatorade Player of the Year after leading Wildcats to 5A semifinals.
TAYLOR BERRY, Mount Carmel, 5-9, Sr.
DANAYEA CHARLES, Helen Cox, 5-7, Sr.
ELISE RILEY, Mandeville, 5-7, Jr.
MAYA TRENCH, West St. John, 5-5, Jr.
SHANIQUA TOBIAS, Warren Easton, 5-5, Sr.
SABRINA BANKS, Warren Easton, 5-11, Sr.
DESTINY COLLINS, Karr, 5-7, So.
JA’KEYRA GAUTREAUX, Riverside, 5-8, Fr.
DYNAH JONES, John Curtis, 5-8, Fr.
JACLYN SCHOLVIN, Fontainebleau, 5-7, Sr.
Coach of the Year
DARIUS MIMMS, Warren Easton
Mimms guided the Eagles to the Class 4A state title, beating nemesis Salmen in the title game. The Eagles finished 36-1 and became the first Orleans Parish public school to win a girls basketball state championship.