2A girls basketball is the classification where you really see a change in the style of play. The 2A class and below play some of the fastest brand of basketball you can find and it seems they never get tired. This class is loaded with college prospects and already has three signees. If you get a chance to check out a home game at one of the schools below I would highly recommend doing so I promise you won't be disappointed.
1st Team (Alphabetical Order)
Deonna Brister - Senior / Lake Arthur / Nicholls Signee
Jade Brumfield - Senior / St. Thomas Aquinas / Southeastern Signee
Jen Pierre - Junior / Amite
Presleigh Scott - Senior / Doyle / Southeastern Signee
Zoe Wiltz - Senior / Lafayette Christian
Deonna Brister had one of the best summers as she jumped several spots in the rankings and deservingly cracked the top 10! She'll try to use that momentum to push Lake Arthur over the 2A hump and bring home a state championship trophy. The Nicholls signee is as tough as they come and can really score the basketball for her size at 5'11. She's added some strength to go along with a really high motor so I expect her to be the top player in 2A and you'll find Lake Arthur in Hammond come late February competing for a state championship.
Jade Brumfield is a two time state champion and knows what it takes to win as she's done it most her high school career. While she lost her running mate in Jaylyn James don't sleep on St. Thomas Aquinas as they always seem to be in the championship hunt year in year out. With the state championship being at Southeastern this year I'm sure Jade will feel right at home and be ready to put on a show in the final four! The Southeastern signee does a lot of things well and is very consistent on the offensive end. She'll lead her team in a lot of categories this year and shoulder the load as STA will go as far as she can take them!
Jen Pierre is hands down the fastest basketball player in the state regardless of classification. The 5'5 PG is a true fan favorite and has that wow factor with her high motor and nice handles! Jen will look to bring Amite back to Southeastern for the final four this year and fight for a state championship in 2A. After adding two young guards she'll be expected to show them the ropes and lead by example. I was really impressed with her this summer as you can tell she's been working on her 3pt range and jumpshot turning her into an even more complete player.
Presleigh Scott will end her career with around 2,000 points and 1,500+ rebounds as she has a real knack for scoring the ball especially in transition. When you think of her game you think of toughness, relentless, and a crazy high motor that never gets tired. I've always said if you score 1,000pts in high school that normally translates to some level of college basketball but scoring 2,000 is just another level and a testament to her durability over the years. The Southeastern commit will be great at whatever role is expected from her at the next level and she'll take great ownership in doing whatever it takes for her team to win!
Zoe Wiltz will be asked to carry the torch at LCA this year after they graduated a lot of talent. She'll be on the state championship hunt again after a tough loss last year to STA. The Division III title will be up for grabs this year. Zoe had a great showing at our Fab 50 camp earlier this year and I expect her to have a break out senior season. The unsigned senior guard shoots it well from 3pt, can create her own shot and has a great feel for the game. Don't be surprised to see a rematch of LCA and STA at Southeastern this year with a state championship on the line.
2nd Team (Alphabetical Order)
Izzy Besselman - Junior / Episcopal
Payton Hines - Junior / Avoyelles Charter
Elise Jones - Senior / Doyle
Monique Paterson - Senior / Lafayette Christian
Amari West - Junior / Rayville
Izzy Besselman is a big time volleyball player but her basketball skills are really impressive as well. She brings a lot of versatility on the court with the ability to stretch the floor to the 3pt line and at 5'10 she can post smaller defenders scoring over both shoulders. Izzy will attempt to lead her team to Southeastern this year and compete for a Division III state title as Episcopal is a team to watch for come late February.
Payton Hines is another big time scorer in the 2A classification as she'll probably end up being a 2,000 point scorer by the time her high school career is finished. The 5'10 guard is asked to do a lot for her Avoyelles Charter team but she dominates the competition on most nights. Her team is accustom to winning a lot of games and despite coming up short last year in the quarterfinals they could be a dark horse contender to make the final four and compete for a title at Southeastern this year!
Elise Jones is a high level softball player that has signed to play for Southeastern and while I haven't seen her play on the diamond this young lady can flat out hoop on the basketball court. She plays fearless on both ends of the floor with a lot of toughness. Basketball seems to just come easy to her as she has a natural feel for the game. Her and teammate Presleigh Scott will have Doyle ready to defend their state title at Southeastern later this year. I wouldn't count Doyle out just yet as Hammond is just a couple miles away both Elise and Presleigh will feel right at home and ready for a battle.
Monique Paterson is a transfer from 5A powerhouse Sulphur after the hurricanes earlier this year. Moe joins LCA this year as they are on a mission to bring another state championship home. She is one of the best unsigned senior post players in the state! Moe brings a big body presence on both ends of the court. She has great hands and can score one on one on the low block with a variety of different post moves. College coaches that need a back to the basket big be sure to check out Moe as she'll be playing somewhere at the next level after her high school career!
Amari West will try to get Rayville back in the state championship hunt this year as they will be a tough team come playoff time in 2A! Amari's guard skill set has continued to improve as the 5'9 guard has been asked to create more and more for herself and her teammates. Her range is more consistent making her a tough match up and really opening up the floor for her to be able to score at a high level. Amari and Rayville will be a fun team to keep an eye on down the stretch as they both continue to get better and better.
Jewel Jones - Senior / Episcopal
Amari Franklin - Sophomore / Franklin
Jaedynn French-Solton - Sophomore / Red River
Jada Richard - Freshmen / Lafayette Christian
Brayla Pierson - Junior / Port Allen