In what has almost become an annual thing now, Country Day made it back to the Boys Top 28 basketball tournament this season. J.C. Younger had a lot to do with that.
The 6-foot-4 junior guard averaged 17.3 points, seven rebounds and three assists to help the Cajuns reach the Class 1A semifinals after winning back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014.
For his efforts, he was named to the Class 1A all-state basketball team, chosen by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
“J.C. was one of the leaders on the team and had a tremendous work ethic,” Country Day coach Mike McGuire said. “He’s one of the best shooters in the state and helped our team get back to the Top 28.”
Younger was one of two Country Day players to make the all-state team.
Teammate Michael Corchiani was a second-team selection.
Corchiani, a 6-0 junior guard, averaged 14.5 points per game.
The two were the only local players selected to the 1A all-state team.
On the girls side, West St. John’s Maya Trench was a first team-selection and her teammate JaJuan Nicholas made the second team.
Trench, a 5-5 junior, averaged 12.9 points and Nicholas, a 5-8 senior, averaged 11.7 points.
Class 1A girls state champions Vermilion Catholic and boys state champion Madison Prep swept all four of the top honors.
Seniors Jazlyn Robertson of North Central and Brandon Sampson of Madison Prep, both of whom won the Outstanding Player honors in the Class 1A title games, were named Outstanding Player award winners on the LSWA teams.
Robertson, who helped the Canes reach the Top 28 in each of the past four seasons, averaged 24.7 points and 17.3 rebounds per game on the season and capped off her senior season with a double-double — 14 points and 12 rebounds — in the win over VC.
Sampson, a St. John’s commitment, averaged 15.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists in his final season as a member of the Chargers, whom he led to the Class 1A final for the second consecutive year.
North Central’s Vanessa Taylor and Madison Prep’s Jeff Jones — were selected as the Class 1A Coach of the Year winners. Taylor led the Canes to a 30-3 record, which included the Canes’ season-ending 20-game win streak. Jones led the Chargers to a 35-1 record. Their lone loss came against an out-of-state opponent.
Robertson was joined on the first team by Vermilion Catholic’s Ashailee Brailey (24 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals), Merryville’s Andrea Cournoyer (34.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists), White Castle’s Skylar O’Bear (18.9 points, 5.0 assists, 4.6 rebounds) and Trench.
In addition to Sampson, the boys first team consisted of Younger, Lafayette Christian’s Kalob Ledoux (16.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists), Arcadia’s Eric Brown (17.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, two steals) and Northwood-Lena’s Michael Layssard (20.0 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.1 blocks).
On the second team are Lafayette Christian’s Jacob Ledoux (17.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists), Hamilton Christian’s Justin Bartie (21.5 points, eight rebounds), Madison Prep’s Christion Thompson (12. 1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists), Covenant Christian’s Thomas Drane (20.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals, 2 assists) and Corchiani.