St. Katharine Drexel coach Terry Wilson

St. Katharine Drexel coach Terry Wilson

St. Katharine Drexel Prep was supposed to be too young to win a state championship.

The Yellow Jackets, after all, didn't have any juniors or seniors in their starting lineup.

But that didn't stop Terry Wilson's team from winning the division III state championship and delivering the school's first basketball championship trophy to Magazine Street.

That trophy brought another honor as well.

Wilson was voted Coach of the Year on the LSWA's Class 2A All-State Girls Basketball Team.

St. Katharine Drexel Prep, formerly called Xavier Prep, finished the season 19-8 after beating rival St. Mary's 43-42 in an all-New Orleans area championship game.

"We've been on a mission since the beginning," Wilson said after the game. "It was to seal the deal. Like I said the other day, we were meant for the big stage."

And with everyone returning, who can blame Wilson for the lofty expectations for next season. "You can quote me," Wilson said. "We'll be back here next year."

Northlake Christian sophomore Kyren Whitttington was named to the first-team after averaging 17.6 points and 8 rebounds for the Division III quarterfinalists.

St. Mary's freshman Tomyree Thompson made the second-team after averaging 17.5 points and 7 rebounds to help the New Orleans East school reach the State Tournament for the first time since 2001.

North Caddo's Destiny Rice was named Most Outstanding Player.

The players from the greater New Orleans area made the boys all-state team.

Riverside's Jared Butler was the lone local first-team player.

Butler, an Alabama signee, averaged 27.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 3 steals to help the Rebels reach the Division III semifinals.

Newman senior Riley Demps and Country Day junior Kaleb Jenkins were both second-team selections.

Demps averaged 16 points and 2 assists and led the Greenies to the Division III quarterfinals.

Jenkins averaged 13 points and 4 rebounds and led Cajuns to the Division III semifinals.

Rayville swept top honors on the boys all-state team, with Mylik Wilson earning Most Outstanding Player honors and Damon West claiming Coach of the Year.

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