The Madison Prep girls basketball team didn’t have the same expectations as the boys team but nearly got the same result.
Finishing as the Class 2A runner-up to North Caddo was a huge accomplishment for coach Dwayne Hayes and his team.
And now there is more to celebrate. Hayes was selected as the Class 2A girls Coach of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. Two of his players, Sherry Porter and Alexis Augustus, made the first team.
“That’s a tremendous honor, and I feel privileged to receive it,” Hayes said. “We started with this group three years ago, and at times it wasn’t easy.
“But the work the girls put in made it possible. So did the support we received from our athletic director, the other coaches, the teachers and the administration.”
The 2A boys state champion Madison Prep boys placed Josh Anderson and Josh LeBlanc on the first team. Episcopal’s Chris Beckman Jr. made the second team. MPA defeated traditional power Riverside Academy in the title game.
North Caddo High’s Robert Williams and Jasmine Thomas claimed the Outstanding Player honors on the LSWA squad.
Thomas, who led the NCHS girls to a 94-13 record and three state titles, averaged 20 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals a game.
Williams averaged 25 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots per game to help the Rebels advance to the semifinals, where they lost to eventual state champion Madison Prep.
Hayes received Coach of the Year honors from a panel of sportswriters from across the state. He coached an MPA girls program that started just three years ago, primarily with a group of freshmen, to a 31-5 record and the runner-up finish.
Rayville’s Damon West was voted the boys Coach of the Year. The Rayville boys team scored 90 or more points 11 times and scored 120 points twice en route to a 26-8 record and a berth in the quarterfinals.
Madison Prep’s Porter and Augustus set the tone for the MPA girls in their first 2A season. Porter averaged 19 points and six assists a game. Augustus averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and three assists.
Anderson averaged 18.1 points, 5.8 assists and 4.6 rebounds, while LeBlanc had averages of 17.3 points and 11.2 rebounds to lead the Chargers to their third state title in four years. MPA was Class B champion in 2013 and the 1A champion in 2015.
Episcopal’s Beckman averaged 22.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and made 57 percent of his 3-pointers in district play.
Riverside’s Malik Crowfield and Jared Butler complete the boys first team. Crowfield averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists a game for runner-up Riverside. Butler averaged 21 points, seven assists and four rebounds.
Rapides’ Jaeden Vaifanua, who averaged 21.2 points, 11.3 rebounds and 6.0 blocked shots, and Rayville’s Micaela Wilson, who averaged 25 points and 13 rebounds per game, round out the girls first team.
Country Day’s Michael Corchiani and Romin Williams, Lakeview’s Adrio Bailey and Riverside’s Herb McGee make up the boys second team.
The girls second team includes Sumer Williams of North Caddo, Red River’s Lakeya Lewis, Maya Trench of West St. John and St. Thomas Aquinas teammates Regan Bolton and Courtney Dawsey.