Ishmael Lane isn’t afraid to compare his skills to those of other players.
That fact makes the LHSCA All-Star basketball games a perfect measuring stick and a great final high school game for the Port Allen High post player.
“I know a lot of these guys from playing AAU,” Lane said. “So this is kind of like a reunion.”
The 6-foot-8 Lane was among the local players who reported to Shreveport on Friday to practice for the LHSCA games. The girls game is 1 p.m. Saturday at Hirsch Coliseum. The boys game follows at 3 p.m.
Lane, a Northwestern State signee who will play on the West all-star team, came into his own as a senior. He posted averages of 19 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots per game for the Pelicans, who took District 7-3A rival and eventual state champion University High to overtime in the Class 3A quarterfinals.
“We saw flashes of what he was capable of as a junior,” PAHS coach Brandon Ricard said. “But this year not only was he better, he was so steady. You could count on him for a double-double every night. He’s a very coachable kid ,and he took being a senior leader very seriously.”
Last summer Lane took on some back-breaking workouts with the idea that it would help him be ready to carry the PAHS team on his back when needed, and it worked.
Now Lane is ready to test his skills against some of the other top seniors. Having former Plaquemine rival D.J. Marshall, a former AAU teammate, also on the West squad is an added bonus.
“First of all, it’s an honor to be one of the players picked,” Lane said. “This game has the best seniors in the state and I’m honored to be in that group. I’m glad I get to play with D.J. again.
“And I’m ready to see how I’ll do against the other plays. I’ve played with or against a lot of them in AAU. Jacob Evans (St. Michael standout) used to play AAU with us, too.
“I’m excited about it. I think it’s a great last (high school) game.”
All the players on the East and West boys rosters successfully made the trek to Shreveport. Two East girls players, Capitol’s Darneisha McCallister and Castor’s Molly Wilson, were replaced.
Wilson, who suffered a hamstring injury on Thursday, was replaced by Castor teammate Courtney Anthony. University High’s Alanie Fisher replaced McCallister. Fisher, who was an alternate for the game, was the Outstanding Player when UHS won the 3A title two weeks ago.
U-High Bonita Johnson is the assistant coach for the East girls squad.
The East boys squad includes Denham Springs’ Zach Davidson, Evans of St. Michael, Quiante Scott of Family Christian, U-High’s Maxwell Starwood, Episcopal’s Spencer Kleinpeter and Scotlandville’s LaMarcus Lee, Lutcher’s Tiajah White and St. Amant’s Courtney Julien.
In addition to U-High’s Fisher and teammates Marygrace Constantin and Mikayla Bates, the girls East squad also includes two Walker players, Baylie Stears and Jamie Gibson.