Simsboro, Hicks standouts headline Class B All-State basketball teams

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By DANIEL GREEN
Written for the LSWA

Simsboro is no stranger to the limelight. By contrast, Hicks won an LHSAA championship that was 22 years in the making.

The Tigers and Lady Pirates each landed two players on the Class B All-State teams, as selected by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Simsboro repeated as the Class B boys champion in Burton Coliseum, beating Zwolle in the title game. Meanwhile, Hicks broke a 22-game losing streak to rival Anacoco in claiming its first state title since 1997 for 22-year head coach Mike Charrier.

Simsboro junior Jakemin Abney and senior teammate Gianni Nelson won first and second-team honors, respectively. Abney averaged 17.5 points and almost seven rebounds per game, while Nelson scored 19.3 points per contest.

As for Hicks, sophomore Chloe Wilbanks earned first-team honors, while freshman Lauren Quinn reeled in second-team recognition. Wilbanks netted 15.5 points per game and dished out six assists, while Quinn, the Class B title game Outstanding Player, averaged 16.6 points and 15.5 rebounds per outing.

A pair of high-scoring juniors, Holden’s Jaycee Hughes and Pitkin’s Garrett Edwards were selected as the Outstanding Players in Class B. Hughes scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds per game in leading her team to the state quarterfinals, while Edwards, who averaged 33 points and 11 rebounds per outing, guided the Tigers to the state quarterfinals as well.

Veteran Fairview head coach Kyle Jinks was named the girls Coach of the Year. Weston’s Ryan Bond claimed the boys honor after coaching his alma mater to the semifinals.

Joining Hughes and Wilbanks as first-team girls’ selections were Anacoco senior Ellie MacDonald (15.1 ppg), Stanley freshman McKayla Williams (19.2 ppg) and Florien senior Morgan Miller (17.7 ppg).

Edwards and Abney were joined on the boys’ first team by Weston senior Ara’Bian Williams (17 ppg), Doyline junior Decari Markray (21 ppg, 13 rpg) and Crescent City junior Byron Joshua (19.7 ppg).

LSWA CLASS B CHARTS
BOYS
First team
Player School Ht. Cl. Avg.
Garrett Edwards Pitkin 6-4 Jr. 33.3
Jakemin Abney Simsboro 6-3 Jr. 17.5
Ara’Bian Williams Weston 6-2 Sr. 17.0
Decari Markray Doyline 6-3 Jr. 21.0
Byron Joshua Crescent City 5-10 Jr. 19.7

Second team
Player School Ht. Cl. Avg.
Mitchell Kinchen Hicks 6-4 Sr. 15.2
Dkemdrick Pittman Zwolle 6-1 Jr. 16.2
Gianni Nelson Simsboro 6-1 Sr. 19.3
Shaquay Hunt JS Clark 6-1 Jr. 17.0
Jordin Farrell Crescent City 6-2 Jr. 14.1
OUTSTANDING PLAYER: GARRETT EDWARDS, PITKIN
COACH OF THE YEAR: RYAN BOND, WESTON

Honorable mention
Cade Tate, Runnels; Aiden Dailet, Crescent City; Holden Huckaby, Quitman; Hunter Lipsey, Monterey; Deaundre Birdlong, Glenmora; Colby Augustine, Hathaway; Kaleb Crane, Simsboro; Jacobi Forte, Stanley; Cooper Smith, Hornbeck.

GIRLS
First team
Player School Ht. Cl. Avg.
Ellie McDonald Anacoco 5-7 Sr. 15.1
Jaycee Hughes Holden 6-0 Jr. 23.0
Chloe Wilbanks Hicks 5-7 So. 19.2
Morgan Miller Florien 5-5 Sr. 17.7
McKayla Williams Stanley 5-6 So. 19.2

Second team
Player School Ht. Cl. Avg.
Rylee Jinks Fairview 5-5 So. 12.5
Savanna Robertson Zwolle 5-5 Jr. 14.5
Lauren Quinn Hicks 5-10 Fr. 16.6
Payton Miller Anacoco 5-10 Jr. 15.7
Chloey Guidry Hathaway 5-2 Fr. 20.0
OUTSTANDING PLAYER: JAYCEE HUGHES, HOLDEN
COACH OF THE YEAR: KYLE JINKS, FAIRVIEW

Honorable mention
Vanessa Duhe, Lacassine; Katie Clark, Glenmora; Kelly Willis, Castor; Destiny Jones, Stanley; Olivia Hennen, Choudrant; Gracie Sylvia, Florien; Emily Lowe, Family Community; Payton Townley, Oak Hill.

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