Jessy Ellis and Kourtney Pennywell, who led the Southwood to the 2013 LHSAA State Farm Top 28 girls championship on Saturday night in Monroe, were named to the Louisiana High School Basketball Coaches Association All-State team on Monday.
Bossier High’s Tevin Robertson and Byrd’s Chad Lott were chosen to the boys team. All of the recipients were nominated and voted on by member coaches of the LHSBCA.
Ellis was the title-game MVP and earned the same honor on the all-state squad. She scored a game-high 20 points in the win over NCHS after averaging 12.4 points and 7.1 assists this season, while shooting 48.1 percent from the field.
A Northwestern State signee, Pennywell averaged a team-high 15.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for the Lady Cowboys.
“Both these girls definitely deserve all honors they receive because they worked so hard to improve their games in the off-season,” Southwood coach Steve McDowell said.”Kourtney had another great year and she really finished strong in the championship game. Jessy is just a really special kid.”
Robertson helped drive the Bearcats within one game of the state championship contest, falling 53-51 to eventual state champion Carroll in the Class 3A semifinals. He averaged 14 points and 6 rebounds per game for coach Jeremiah Williams.
“Tevin was a real blue collar worker for us, giving us an inside presence even though he was undersized to do it,” Williams said. “It’s a credit to his athleticism and his effort that he is able to represent Bossier on this all-state team.”
Lott showed that he was one of the best young players in the state after helping the Yellow Jackets into the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs. Byrd lost to eventual state champion Scotlandville in a road contest. The sophomore posted 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists per contest for coach Rusty Johnson.
“Chad is one of the hardest working kids I’ve ever coached. In fact, he’s in the weight room right now,” Johnson said. “After the Scotlandville game, he realized he has to work even harder.”