Before we get started please note this is NOT the LSWA (Louisiana Sportswriters Association) all state team but solely Louisiana Girls Rankings thoughts. Again with our platform we are only trying to help keep the conversation going about OUR girls so this is just another way of doing that.
The 4A classification brought a lot of great storylines with a state championship with two first year head coaches to several of these young ladies listed below dealing with many issues off the court such as not having a gym the entire season. Hats off to all the young ladies listed below they got the job done on the court despite all the challenges off the court which speaks volumes about their character!
MVP - Jamia "Mini" Singleton - Jr. / A.J. Ellender
Jamia "Mini" Singleton goes by the nickname "Mini" but she came up BIG this season as she lead the Ellender Lady Patriots to a state championship! She has been consistent all season long and honestly once her team gained the lead it was near impossible for teams to get the ball out of her hands late without double or even triple teaming her. The 5'1 guard made it known this year you can measure a lot but you can't measure someones heart!
Photo by: Michael Odendahl / CoachO GameDay Graphix
1st Team 4a All State (Alphabetical Order)
Makayla Charles - Fr. / Vandebilt Catholic
Kalea Dean - Sr. / Huntington (Unsigned)
AC Froehlich - Jr. / St. Thomas More
Imani Rothschild - Sr. / Warren Easton / Louisiana Lafayette Signee
Jada Washington - Sr. / Ben Franklin (Unsigned)
Makayla Charles jumped on the scene as a freshmen and had one of the best seasons as anyone across the entire state regardless of classification. She'll be a huge stock riser in the rankings and if it wasn't for a late injury in the playoffs her team could have been fighting for a state championship. This freshmen and her Vandebilt teammates are certainly a team to watch in the near future! Mark it down and remember the name...
Photo by: Chris Singleton (Houma Today)
Kalea Dean is one of the top unsigned seniors in the state and she showcased that in the semifinal game with a massive double double scoring 27 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. This young lady was faced with a devastating news prior to the game and she turned that news into an outstanding performance! Several people thought this Huntington team would fall off this year but it was with the leadership and help of Dean that they had another opportunity at a state title! Kalea Dean's versatility, leadership and toughness will be a major impact to a program at the next level and college coaches should be reaching out ASAP!
Photo by: Marco Edwards Sports Photography
AC Froehlich was a part of a St. Thomas More team that many thought after losing so many players due to graduation they would have a "down" year while her and her teammates had other plans. She helped lead this STM team back to the state championship game where they ultimately feel short. AC has been the anchor of this team on defense for several years now and her offensive game has continued to improve year after year. The volleyball standout has no problem getting the job done on the hardwood that's for sure!
Imani Rothschild spent all of last year sitting out but you certainly couldn't tell by her play on the court this year. She helped lead Warren Easton back to a state championship game this season where they came up a little short but we have to tip our hat off to this young lady as she helped lead this team all season long as one of the top teams in the state. It's been a pleasure to watch her grow over the years and she'll continue her career at Louisiana-Lafayette next season and we're looking forward to watching her take her game to new heights.
Jada Washington lead her Ben Franklin team to its first ever final four appearance in school history. She had an outstanding season being consistent from start to finish and scoring over 1,000 points in her career along the way. The unsigned senior is one of the top unsigned guards in the state and brings outstanding academics along with her on the court skill set. College coaches you can watch her this weekend at the LHSBCA All Star game where 30 of the top seniors will be showcased in the states all star game. This event will be live-streamed to our Facebook page @LGRBasketball for 1:00pm on Saturday.
2nd Team 4A All State (Alphabetical Order)
Mariah Heard - So. / Bastrop
Jasi Jenkins - Sr. / A.J. Ellender (Unsigned)
Ceara Myers - Sr / Liberty Magnet (Unsigned)
Madison Ryan - Sr. / South Lafouche
Tyrione Starks - Sr. / Edna Karr (Unsigned)
Mariah Heard is the lone sophomore on this list and that says a lot about her game on the court and the outstanding season she had at Bastrop. Her and her teammates helped turn this program around from a 27 seed to a 2 seed in the playoffs in one year! The strong and physical point guard is someone to keep an eye on along with this Bastrop High School team over the next couple of years.
Jasi Jenkins plays the game the right way and has a glowing personality as you can see in this picture. She has FUN playing the game we all love... while averaging a double double and helping lead her team to a state championship of course. Jasi was the vocal leader for this team on and off the court as they experience some difficult times in the past year but one thing is for sure tough times don't last and tough people do...College coaches looking to add a great locker room young lady to your program you need to take a look at this unsigned senior! The double doubles and winning are even an added bonus.
Photo by: Michael Odendahl / CoachO GameDay Graphix
Ceara Myers has been consistent over the past few years at Liberty where she has been a big part of making this program into the state known program it is today. The unsigned senior is one of the best rebounding forwards I've seen as she has a knack for excelling on the boards. Any college coaches that are looking to add a rebounding and scoring forward to your roster don't be afraid of her size and take a look at Myers I promise you won't be disappointed. This young lady will excel and make an impact at whichever college takes a chance on her!
Photo by: AP Photo/Lake Charles American Press, Kirk Meche
Madison Ryan has played basketball for quite some time now and it shows in the way she plays the game. She brings a high IQ to the guard position where she has little problem executing whatever her coach wants done. She would be the leading scorer one night and leading the team in assist the next as she has no problems getting her teammates involved. She helped lead this South Lafourche team to a number 4 seed going into the playoffs as they competed at a high level all season long.
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Tyrione Starks and her Edna Karr teammates took on one of the most difficult schedules in the entire state across all classifications. Starks stepped up to the challenge and lead the Lady Cougars to a number 3 seed in the playoff before falling to the state champions. Starks brings length on the defensive end that disrupts the other teams offense as well as boast of confidence on the offensive side of the ball. When she gets hot she can really fill it up from a variety of spots on the court. The unsigned senior has proved she can play at the next level and college coaches should be giving her a chance!
Photo by: Chris Dabe - Nola.com / Prepsports
Ahmari Anderson So. / Carencro
Makenzie Bruno - Sr. / Northside (Unsigned)
Sophie Perkins - Sr. / St. Thomas More (Unsigned)
Braille Washington - Sr. / Rayne (Unsigned)
Kamryn Washington - Jr. / Warren Easton
Ahmari Anderson - No Picture Available
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