In a year in which both schools were deemed as the preseason frontrunners to win the Class 1A state basketball championships, North Central High and Madison Prep didn’t disappoint.
North Central defeated Vermilion Catholic 54-50 to win the school’s first-ever state championship in the girls final, while Madison Prep completed an unbeaten season against state opponents with the 72-46 victory over Lafayette Christian in the boys title game.
The two teams also swept all four of the top Class 1A All-State honors awarded by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Seniors Jazlyn Robertson of North Central and Brandon Sampson of Madison Prep, both of whom won the Outstanding Player honors in the Class 1A title games, were named Outstanding Player award winners on the respective LSWA teams.
Robertson, who helped the Canes reach the Top 28 in each of the past four seasons, averaged 24.7 points and 17.3 rebounds per game on the season and capped off her senior campaign with a double-double — 14 points and 12 rebounds — in the win over VC.
Sampson, a St. John’s commitment, averaged 15.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists in his final season as a member of the Chargers, whom he led to the Class 1A finals for the second consecutive year.
Northwood junior Michael Layssard joined Sampson on the LSWA first team after posting averages of 20.0 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.1 blocks per game. Layssard helped the Gators get a game closer to the LHSAA Top 28 before they bowed out to Country Day, 62-51, in the 1A quarterfinals.
“It’s well-deserving for him to be all-state,” Northwood coach Troy Grigg said. “He led our team this season and he’s a vital part of our team’s success.”
In addition to Sampson and Layssard, the boys first team consisted of Lafayette Christian’s Kalob Ledoux (16.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists), Country Day’s J.C. Younger (17.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists), Arcadia’s Eric Brown (17.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals).
On the second team are Lafayette Christian’s Jacob Ledoux (17.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists), Hamilton Christian’s Justin Bartie (21.5 points, 8 rebounds), Madison Prep’s Christion Thompson (12. 1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists), Covenant Christian’s Thomas Drane (20.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals, 2 assists) and Country Day’s Michael Corchiani (14.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists).
Central’s Vanessa Taylor and Madison Prep’s Jeff Jones were selected as the Class 1A Coach of the Year winners. Taylor led the Canes to an impressive 30-3 overall record which included the Lady Canes ending the season on a 20-game win streak. Jones led the Chargers to a 35-1 overall record although their lone loss came against an out-of-state opponent.
Robertson was joined on the first team by Vermilion Catholic’s Ashailee Brailey (24 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals), Merryville’s Andrea Cournoyer (34.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists), White Castle’s Skylar O’Bear (18.9 points, 5.0 assists, 4.6 rebounds) and West St. John’s Maya Trench (12.9 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals).
On the second team were North Central’s Quaniqua Joseph (15.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 4 steals), Madison Prep’s Sherry Porter (21.0 points, 3.5 steals, 3.0 rebounds), Arcadia’s Khelsea Foster, West St. John’s JaJuan Nicholas (11.7 points, 5 assists, 2 steals) and Houma Christian’s Dionjhae Thomas (12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists).