Player of the Year
Cara Ursin, Destrehan, 5-7, Jr.
At times, it all still seems a bit unreal to Cara Ursin.
“It’s unexplainable,” said the Destrehan junior guard. “I never would have thought I would have got this far playing ball. I knew I had a talent, but to be recognized for it so many times is special.”
Ursin picked up yet another honor, being named Player of the Year on The New Orleans Advocate’s All Metro Girls Basketball Team.
It’s the latest award for Ursin, who also won her second straight Gatorade Player of the Year Award and is also the Player of the Year on the LSWA Class All-State Team.
“It was a phenomenal year for her,” said Destrehan coach Angi Butler. “I always stress to her that hard work pays off and obviously it does. Every award that has come up, she’s pretty much got it. She is just a phenomenal athlete.”
Ursin averaged 25 points, 12.9 rebounds, 7.3 steals, 6.0 assists and 5.5 blocks this season to lead the Wildcats to the Class 5A quarterfinals. She led her team to the championship game as a freshman and to the semifinals as a sophomore.
She scored a season best 36 points in the playoffs against Chalmette, falling just short of her career high 42 points she scored against Cabrini as a sophomore.
“I felt like I got better from last season, but we fell short again so I guess I have to work a little harder next year,” Ursin said. “Even if we had won the championship, I still would have worked harder to get better.”
Ursin’s numbers away from the court are just as impressive.
She carries a 4.0 grade point average and is being recruited by colleges all across the country. She says she will likely make a decision about her college choice at the beginning of her senior year.
That’ll be around the same time she begins chasing that elusive state championship.
“I’m super determined,” Ursin said. “I have one last shot.”
Kechelle Figueroa, Warren Easton, 5-6, Sr.
Repeat all-metro pick was district Most Valuable Player after averaging 15 points, six assists and three steals per game for the Eagles. Helped lead team to the Class 4A quarterfinals after winning it all in 2015.
Kristen Nuss, Mount Carmel, 5-6, Sr.
Floor general averaged 10 points, 7 assists, 5 steals and 4 rebounds to lead Mount Carmel to its second Class 5A state championship in three years. Most Outstanding Player in title game, will play beach volleyball at LSU.
Elise Reilly, Mandeville, 5-7, Sr.
Averaged 22.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.7 steals to lead the Skippers to the semifinals of the Class 5A playoffs. Also was a first-team pick on LSWA All-State Team. Signed with Spring Hill.
Rakell Spencer, Cabrini, 5-11, Sr.
Versatile Spencer averaged 15.1 points, 10 rebounds, 6.7 assists, and 3.4 steals before tearing her ACL at the end of the season. Repeat first-team All-Metro Signed with Texas A&M.
Kourtney Weber, Ursuline Academy, 5-10, So.
Lone sophomore on team averaged 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead Lions to, their first state title. Scored a game-high 29 points in title game to earn MVP and was Player of the Year on LSWA 4A All-State Team.
Dynah Jones, John Curtis, 5-8, So.
Brooklyn Mitchell, Ursuline Academy, 5-8, So.
Maya Trench, West St. John, 5-5, Sr.
Paige Franckiewicz, Mount Carmel Academy, 5-8, Sr.
Paige Williams, Edna Karr, 6-0, Sr.
Ellie Holzman, Mount Carmel, 6-2, Fr.
Jomyra Mathis, Landry-Walker, 5-8, Jr.
Imani Mulmore, Karr, 5-8, Sr.
Kyla Duncan, Chapelle, 6-0, So.
Gabby Sperber, Dominican, 5-5, Sr.
Destiny Collins, Karr, 6-4, Jr; Sydney Houlemard, Covington, 5-8, Sr.; Brittany Hall, Helen Cox, 5-4, Sr.; Kennedi Jackson, Ursuline, 6-2, Fr.; Girodin Johnson, Ursuline, 5-4, So.; Tyrionne Martin, Helen Cox, 5-5, Jr.; Zharian Maxmillian, Karr, 5-10, Sr.; Keaira Williams, Easton, 5-11, Sr.;
Through the Years (Player of the Year)
2016 Cara Ursin, Destrehan
2015 Kalani Brown, Salmen
2014 Kalani Brown, Salmen
Coach of the Year:
Andrea Williams, Ursuline Academy
Williams, in her fifth season, led Ursuline Academy to its first state championship in school history. The Lions, with a starting lineup consisting of three sophomores, a freshman and an eighth grader, finished the season 27-5 on their way to winning the 4A crown.