New Living Word won its second straight Class C state title in boys basketball. Summerfield won their first state championship in girls basketball since 1968.
Both teams were dominant in their runs to the state title. That dominance was verified as each team placed three players on the Class C all-state basketball teams, as selected by a panel of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
New Living Word was led by Grambling signee Javier Roper, a 6-foot-6 senior who repeated as the Class C boys Most Valuable Player. He averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds per game for the Lions, who defeated Atlanta in the state championship game.
Roper’s teammates Xavious Williams, a 6-2 senior and Alijwon Mason (5-9, Sr.) were named first and second team. Williams averaged 13 points and 12 rebounds per contest, while Mason averaged 14.5 points per game.
Summerfield landed two players on the girls first team and one on second team, but it was Epps junior Alexus Holt (22.9 ppg) who was deemed the Most Valuable Player.
Holt also averaged 7.2 rebounds, 6.1 steals and 5.7 assists per game.
Atlanta’s Tyler Johnson was selected the boys Coach of the Year, while Summerfield’s Randy Carlisle netted girls Coach of the Year.
Roper and Williams were joined on the boys first-team by Elizabeth senior Colby Lafauci (19.2 ppg), Atlanta senior Taren Sapp I (20 ppg) and Reeves senior Travis Schultz (20.5 ppg, 14.3 rebounds).
Atlanta sophomore Rashard Powell (19 ppg), Gibsland-Coleman senior Carlos Coleman (16 ppg), Elizabeth junior Kolby Friday (15.6 ppg) and Johnson Bayou sophomore Camren Hare (25 ppg, nine rpg) rounded out the second-team selections.
The Summerfield duo of Nicole Bursey and Mercedes Coleman, along with Pleasant Hill sophomore Samiah Scott and Plainview senior Kelli Crager, joined Holt as first-team picks.
Bursey, a 5-6 junior, was good for 16.1 points per outing, while Coleman, a freshman, was right behind her at 16 points per outing.
Scott averaged 23.5 points for state finalist Pleasant Hill, while Crager was good for 18.6 points a game for semifinalist Plainview.
The second-team selections were Pleasant Hill sophomore Ayana Smith (13.5 ppg), Singer senior Alexis Williams (12.2 ppg), Summerfield junior Sharnesia Levingston (14 ppg), Plainview sophomore Lauren Rasmussen (18.1 ppg) and Atlanta senior T’Keyah Henson (15 ppg).