North Caddo High’s Robert Williams and Jasmine Thomas utilized different skill sets.
At 6-foot-8, Williams was a dominant force inside. The 5-8 Thomas was a savvy floor leader.
And they did it well enough to garner identical honors. Williams and Thomas were voted the Outstanding Players on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 2A all-state team.
Thomas, who led the NCHS girls to a 94-13 record and three state titles over the past three seasons, 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.
Rayville’s Damon West and Dwayne Hayes of Madison Prep received Coach of the Year honors from a panel of sportswriters from across the state.
West’s 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. Hayes led the three-year-old MPA girls program to a 2A runner-up finish and a 31-5 record.
Alyssa Williams of Notre Dame and Jeremy Touchet of Catholic-New Iberia were honorable mention selections.
Two Madison Prep boys players, Josh Anderson and Josh LeBlanc, and two Riverside Academy players, Malik Crowfield and Jared Butler, join Williams on the boys first team.
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.
Crowfield averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists a game for runner-up Riverside. Butler averaged 21 points, seven assists and four rebounds.
Madison Prep’s Sherry Porter and Alexis Augustus join Thomas on the girls first team. Porter averaged 19 points and six assists a game. Augustus averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and three assists.
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, rounded out the girls first team.
Country Day’s Michael Corchiani (20.0 points per game) and Romin Williams (21.0 ppg), Lakeview’s Adrio Bailey (19.5 ppg), Riverside’s Herb McGee (17.0 ppg) and Episcopal’s Chris Beckman Jr. (22.3 ppg) make up the boys second team.
The girls second team includes Sumer Williams of North Caddo (15.0 ppg), Red River’s Lakeya Lewis (16.9 ppg), Maya Trench of West St. John (19.2 ppg) and St. Thomas Aquinas teammates Regan Bolton (18.4 ppg) and Courtney Dawsey (13.0 ppg).