LSWA Releases Class 5A Boys and Girls LHSAA Basketball Teams
The high levels of talent and competition from all corners of Louisiana were reflected in this year’s LSWA Class 5A All-State teams.
Seventeen schools achieved either first- or second-team representation, including nine different schools with players in the only boys’ or girls’ first teams.
And the four outstanding awards honored two of the state’s most accomplished and recruited players at any level and two young coaches who groomed their team to peak in time for memorable playoff runs.
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Zachary’s senior Jalen Bolden headlined the boys list as MVP for his starring role in the Broncos’ second straight Class 5A title run.
The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds and four assists per game in his second straight all-state campaign, including District 4-5A, Class 5A Championship and LHSAA MVP Tournament.
Bolden signed to play at ULM.
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Parkway junior Mikaylah Williams earned the top mark on the girls side as the best player.
The 6-1 guard led his Panthers to a 33-3 record and the program’s first state championship game with his averages of 22.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.2 interceptions.
Williams added the latest award to an already remarkable resume that included an MVP performance and a gold medal for the United States at the FIBA 3×3 Under-18 World Cup last summer in Hungary. and this year’s Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year award.
She is also a Naismith Award finalist as the nation’s top high school player and is ranked the top prospect in the 2023 recruiting class by HoopGurlz and ProspectsNation.com.
Josh Carlin was selected as Male Coach of the Year after leading Northshore to its first state championship game in his freshman season at the school.
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The son of longtime Salmen coach Jay Carlin helped the Panthers go from a 20-13 record and a quarterfinal appearance last year to 28-7 and a second run of class 5A which included three consecutive upsets of higher-ranked opponents: twice on the road and then in the semi-finals of the neutral site state.
Ruston trainer Ryan Bond and John Curtis trainer Bill Lewit also received votes for the award.
Krystal Flowers won Women’s Coach of the Year honors in her second season at the helm of McKinley’s program after a two-year absence.
She led her Panthers to a 19-10 record and the first Division I title game since doing so in 2017 and 2018.
John Curtis coach Temeka Johnson and Ponchatoula coach Patricia Landaiche also received votes.
LSWA CLASS 5A BASKETBALL BOARDS
Jalen Bolden, Zachary, 6-5, Sr., 20.0
Brandon Rogers Hardy, Zachary, 6-2, Jr., 16.0
Rayvon Smith, Scotlandville, 6-1, father, 17.1
Kameron Johnson, Shaw, 5-9, Sr., 20.3
Kohen Rowbatham, Northshore, 6-3, So., 23.0
Braylan McNeal, Ruston, 6-5, junior, 12.0
Dorian Booker, Scotlandville, 6-10, junior, 18.3
Sterry Leonard, Ouachita, 6-0, Sr., 14.0
Warren Young Jr., walker, 6-1, Jr., 19.0
Zach Fenn, St. Paul’s, 6-2, Sr., 16.9
Best player : Jalen Bolden, Zachary
Coach of the Year: Josh Carlin, Northshore
Honorable mention: Jabbari Barry, Beard; Wayne Randall-Bashay, New Iberia; Christian Walker, New Iberia; Noah Jonker, Alexandria; Dakota Gasca, West Monroe; Jadais Richard, West Monroe; Rashad Davis, Ouachita; Kyron Reed, Captain Shreve; Mar’Quarius Johnson, Southwood; Justin Aaron, Natchitoches Central; Greg Manning, Benton; KJ Allen, Haughton; Laythan Delaney, Haughton; Kylon Harris, East St. John; Bryce Weinmunson, Mandeville; De’Juan Barrow, HL Bourgeois; Jamadrion Lillard, Ruston; Matthew Knight, Jesuit; Rodney Phillips, Shaw; LaRon Louis, John Curtis; Corey Skillman, Brother Martin; Korey Newman, West Jefferson.
Mikaylah Williams, Parkway, 6-1, Jr., 22.8
Caitlin Travis, walker, 5-7, junior, 14.8
Chrysta Narcisse, Lafayette, 5-8, Jr., 15.1
Jaylee Womack, Ponchatoula, 5-10, Sr., 28.0
Terren Coffil, John Curtis, 5-8, So., 15.0
Mikaylah Manley, Beard, 5-9, Jr., 18.3
Jermesha Frierson, Southwood, 5-6, Jr., 23.0
Ty’Reona Sibley, McKinley, 5-9, So., 18.5
Pashonnay Johnson, West Monroe, 5-11, Sr., 17.0
Jasmine Mathews, East St. John, 5-10, Jr., 26.0
Best player : Mikaylah Williams, walk
Coach of the Year: Crystal Flowers, McKinley
Honorable mention: Jahniya Brown, Lafayette; Deniya Thornton, St. Amant; Shamiya Butler, West Monroe; Faith Lee, Ouachita; Kennedy Ard, Walker; Taylor Jackson, Ponchatoula; Chloe Larry, Parkway; Enrea Bougere, HL Bourgeois; Jaliyah McWain, Ruston, So; Emerald Parker, Ruston, Jr.; Aryana Peak, Thibodaux.