Southwood girls basketball coach Steve McDowell will have one more chance to watch his seniors Kourtney Pennywell and Jessy Ellis play at the high-school level.
This time, however, McDowell will be relaxing in the stands.
McDowell is a regular fan today, as Pennywell and Ellis participate in the LHSCA/LHSBCA 2012-13 basketball all-star games, which will tip off with the girls game at 2 p.m. at Centenary’s Gold Dome.
“This is a great thing for them,” McDowell said. “They both had great seasons, so this is a great way to finish.”
Pennywell and Ellis helped deliver McDowell’s 11th state championship at Southwood earlier this month. Plain Dealing’s Dennisha Chambers will also participate in the game.
The boys all-star game, which is set to tip at 4 p.m., will follow and features two Bossier Bearkats, Tevin Williams and Rashard Owens.
“I’m really excited for it,” Owens said. “Everybody is pumped and ready. There are supposed to be some of the best players in the state. I hope to prove how good I really am. I want to see how I match up.”
Verlan Hunter, from Mansfield, and Pelican’s Zikiteran Woodley will also play. Woodley was the MVP of the Class C state championship game after Pelican defeated Atlanta 61-59 for a second straight title.
Ellis was named the MVP of Southwood’s Class 5A state championship win.
Today’s All-Star game will wrap up a special basketball season for the area, which hosted 10 state semifinal games at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier this season.
“I think it’s great for them to play here in Shreveport, with family and friends able to come watch them,” McDowell said. “It couldn’t have worked out much better.”