After leading their teams to state titles, Destiny Simon and Javier Roper have been named the Most Valuable Players in Class C by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, while Summerfield’s Nicole Bursey was named to the first team.
Bursey, a 5-foot-7 sophomore, scored 10.1 points per game on a balanced Summerfield squad that was the Class C girls runner-up.
“She meant a lot to our team — she was one of our main cogs,” Summerfield coach AZ Johnson said. “She led us in scoring, assists and was an excellent defensive player. Without her we probably wouldn’t have been were we were.”
Bursey scored 18 points in the Class C title game, but Simon’s club was too much to handle.
“I’m happy because we haven’t been (to state) in a long time,” Bursey said on Monday while on the way to a softball game. “We had fun even though we lost. I’m just happy we made it down there again.”
Simon, a 5-foot-10 center from Hackberry, landed the award and a spot on the LSWA’s Class C girls first team after averaging 21.6 points per game and leading the Mustangs to their first state title since winning three in a row from 2002-04.
Roper, New Living Word’s 6-6 junior center, averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds per game while leading the Lions to the first state title in the school’s four-year history in the LHSAA.
Simon’s coach, Jay Bergeron, was named the girls Coach of the Year, while Sicily Island coach Curtis Shavers, who guided the Fighting Tigers to their first Top 28 runner-up finish, earned the boys Coach of the Year honor.
Joining Simon an Bursey on the girls first team were Elizabeth senior Erin Maddox, Plainview sophomore Shy Thompson and Simon’s Hackberry teammate, senior Jolie Trahan.
The 5-7 Maddox (12 ppg) and 5-5 Thompson (14 ppg) led their teams to the Ladies Top 28, while Trahan finished the season averaging 11.3 points per game.
Sicily Island’s sensational eighth-grader, Devion Dunbar, also was named to the boys first team along with Elizabeth junior guard Colby LaFauci, Atlanta senior guard Kentrel Sapp and Family Christian senior guard Gummie Williams.
Dunbar averaged 19.2 points per game during the season and 29.5 points at the Top 28. The 6-3 LaFauci scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds per game to help lead Elizabeth to the top seed and a berth in the semifinals. Sapp, a 6-foot guard, scored 18 points per game as Atlanta advanced to the semifinals, and the 6-3 Williams averaged 17.8 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game.
Plainview junior Kelli Crager (12 ppg), Ebarb senior Shelby Etheridge (17.2 ppg), Atlanta sophomore T’Keyah Henson (13.5 ppg), Epps sophomore Alexus Holt (18 ppg) and Pleasant Hill freshman Samiah Scott (20 ppg) made up the girls second team.
Elizabeth sophomore Colby Friday (14 ppg, 14 rpg), Phoenix senior Matthew Jiles (25.6 ppg), Sicily Island sophomore Larry Plummer (14.7), Atlanta junior Taren Sapp I (15.2 ppg) and New Living Word junior Xavious Williams (20 ppg, 10 rpg) comprised the boys second team.