Lafayette Christian’s Kalob LeDoux and Andrea Cournoyer of Merryville headline the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 1A All-State basketball teams.
The duo received the Outstanding Player honors on the LSWA squad selected by a panel of sportswriters from across the state.
LeDoux, a 6-foot-2 senior, led Lafayette Christian to the 1A semifinals with averages of 21 points, five rebounds and two assists. LeDoux helped LCA beat two state champions in higher classifications during the regular season.
Cournoyer proved her scoring average of 32.7 points was anything but a fluke. The 5-foot-7 sophomore broke a 49-year-old Top 28 record by scoring 69 points in two games, including 35 in the title-game loss to Arcadia. She also averaged 5.9 rebounds a game.
Arcadia’s Marcus Jackson and Philip George of Montgomery claimed Coach of the Year honors. Jackson led Arcadia to the first boys basketball title in school history.
The 26-5 Hornets upset Lafayette Christian in the semifinals before beating Southern Lab in the title game. George led Montgomery to a 25-7 record and a Top 28 berth just two years after the team won just four games.
Three local players, Southern Lab’s Cailain Williams and Dexter Dennis, along with White Castle’s Brooklyn Falcon also were picked for the LSWA teams.
Williams, who averaged 20 points and 8.2 rebounds a game to help the Kittens advance to the girls quarterfinals, made the girls first team.
Dennis was a second-team selection on the boys squad after helping SLHS advance to the 1A title game for the first time since 2011. He averaged 14 points and five rebounds per game as part of a balanced attack.
WCHS’ Falcon, who averaged 18.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 4.0 steals a game, made the girls second team.
LeDoux is joined in the first team by the Arcadia duo of Travious Fielding and Danquarian Fields. Fielding averaged 16.2 points, six rebounds and three assists a game. Fields also averaged 16.2 points and 8.3 rebounds.
Northwood Lena’s Michael Layssard and LeDoux’s twin Jacob completed the first team. Layssard averaged 24.6 points and 2.6 blocked shots a game, while Jacob LeDoux averaged 15 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Khelsea Foster of 1A champion Arcadia also helped lead the girls first team. She averaged 12.9 points, 2.9 assists and 2.8 rebounds a game for the Hornets. North Central’s Quaniqua Joseph and Montgomery’s Karlee Teddlie completed the first team.
Joseph led NCHS to the semifinals with averages of 15.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists. Teddlie averaged 22 points a game and also led her team to the semifinals.
Sicily Island’s Devion Dunbar (25.9 ppg), Hamilton Christian’s Kenan Fontenot (16.3 ppg), Lafayette Christian’s Greg Williams (11.0 ppg) and Delhi’s Jaimarkeis Percy (19.0) made up the boys second team.
The girls second team also included Kentwood’s Aliyah Cooper (19.0 ppg), Lafayette Christian’s Ajia Robinson (18.0 ppg), Oak Grove’s Naja Mayers (20.6 ppg) and Delhi’s LeShenae Stubblefield (21.0 ppg).