Andrus, Citizen earn All-State honors

Vidalia High’s Torrey Dixon matched his season average in the Class 3A state championship game. Kaplan’s Tina Roy also excelled all season long.

Both players, however, represented the best when it came to basketball in Class 3A in Louisiana.

After leading his team to the Class 3A state championship over Carroll, Dixon was named the Most Vaulable Player on the Class 3A All-State boys basketball team by the Louisiana Sports Writer’s Association.

Dixon averaged 25 points per game on the season and scored 25 points when the Vikings derailed Carroll 82-59 in the 3A title game.

Roy’s season ended in the second round of the playoffs, but that loss didn’t deter Roy’s excellent season.

Roy averaged 22.7 points grabbed 18.1 rebounds during a season in which she dropped 39 points against North Vermilion and Iota. Those numbers helped Roy capture the Outstanding Player honors on the 3A girls All-State team.

Baker High ended Roy’s season and thanks to a run to the Class 3A state title game, Baker’s coach Mike Stephens was named the Coach of the Year for the girls squad. Baker earned the No. 3 seed in 3A and marched through the bracket until falling to Carroll, 70-48 in the finals. The Buffaloes finished 28-4 on the season.

Abbeville High didn’t get to the 3A state championship game in boys basketball, but it did get to the Top 28 Tournament.

After earning the No. 5 seed and reaching the 3A semifinals, Abbeville’s coach Berwick Hamilton was named boys All-State Coach of the Year. Abbeville lost to Vidalia, 62-48, in the 3A semifinals.

Dixon isn’t the only player from Vidalia’s championship team on the boys first team. VHS teammate Gary Stewart joins him on the elite squad after averaging 17 points a game.

The rest of the boys first team consists of Abbeville’s Keelong Lee, Richwood’s LaDon Carter and Carroll’s Xavier Lee.

Keelong Lee is one of the reasons for Abbeville’s run to the Top 28 Tournament averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Carter helped Richwood win the 3A state title last season and after posting 20 points per game and 13 rebounds, Carter led Richwood to the semifinals this season.

Xavier Lee earned first team honors after leading the Bulldogs to the 3A championship game. Lee scored 21 points per game while dishing out 5 assists.

The boys second team consists of Holy Cross’ Joel Pichon (16 ppg), North Desoto’s LeRon Barnes (28 ppg, 10 rpg), Green Oaks’ Trevor Mitchell (17 ppg, 14 rpg), Crowley’s Jerrell Andrus (20 ppg) and Plaquemine’s Jeffrey Ricard (12.3 ppg).

Carroll’s girls team wasn’t short on talent and the girls All-State first team reflects that.

Carroll’s Elexar and Aelxar Tugler are first team members after helping the Lady Bulldogs beat Baker in the girls 3A state championship game.

Elexar was the title game’s MVP after scoring 29 points while grabbing 8 rebounds and dishing out 4 assists. Elexar averaged 21 points on the season.

Alexar chipped in 22 points with 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals in the title game. Alexar finished with a 22 point average this season.

Baker got to the title game behind the play of Erika LeFlore. LeFlore was a first team choice after averaging 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Rounding out the first team is St. James’ Brandi Jefffrey, who helped the Lady Wildcats reached the quarterfinals by averaging 22 points and 5 rebounds this season.

The girls second team consists of Franklin’s Brandae Carroll (18 ppg), Avoyelles’ India Marbs (15 ppg), Church Point’s Deniseo Citizen (16.6 ppg), Abbeville’s Rechelle Bessard (11.9 ppg) and Madison’s Tequilla Vaughn (18 ppg).


First team

Player school ht. cl. avg.

Brandi Jeffrey St. James 5-8 Jr. 22.3

Tina Roy Kaplan 5-11 Jr. 22.7

Alexar Tugler Carroll 5-10 Sr. 22.0

Elexar Tugler Carroll 5-9 Sr. 21.0

Erika LeFlore Baker Sr. 6-0 15.0

Second team

Player school ht. cl. avg.

Brandae Carroll Franklin 6-0 Sr. 18.0

India Marbs Avoyelles 5-7 Jr. 15.0

Deniseo Citizen Church Point 6-1 Sr. 16.6

Rechelle Bessard Abbeville 5-11 Jr. 11.9

Tequilla Vaughn Madison 6-1 Jr. 18.0

Outstanding Player: Tina Roy, Kaplan

Coach of the Year: Michael Stephens, Baker

Honorable mention: RoGene Trail, Iowa; Jalisa Citizen, Church Point; Courtney Chargois, North Vermilion; Brianna Whitfield, Baker; Taliah Robertson, Jewel Sumner; Kimberly Culbreath, Loranger; LaKera Brown, McMain; Jasmine Christmas, Clark; Markeisha Keller, St. James; Alicia Celestine, St. Mary’s; Lauren Bayhi, E.D. White; Daija Hartman, Patterson; Shantrell Pierson, Brusly; LaKera Brown, McMain.


First team

Player school ht. cl. avg.

Keelon Lee Abbeville 6-7 Sr. 17.2

Xavier Lee Carroll 5-11 Sr. 21.5

LaDon Carter Richwood 6-7 Sr. 20.4

Torrey Dixon Vidalia 6-3 Sr. 25.0

Gary Stewart Vidalia 6-4 Sr. 17.1

Second team

Player school ht. cl. avg.

Joel Pichon Holy Cross 5-11 So. 16.0

LeRon Barnes North DeSoto 6-3 Jr. 28.0

Jerrell Andrus Crowley 6-2 Jr. 22.0

Jeffrey Ricard Plaquemine 6-2 Sr. 12.3

Trevor Mitchell Green Oaks 6-7 Sr. 17.0

Outstanding Player: Torrey Dixon, Vidalia

Coach of the Year: Berwick Hamilton, Abbeville

Honorable mention: Wayne Stansberry, Iowa; Tyler Washington, Port Allen; Philip Lyons, E.D. White; PhaQuinton Lawson, Rayville; J.R. Harris, Redemptorist; Korey Gaines, Bogalusa; Thomas Hart, Amite ; Nate Perry, Green Oaks; Jarnel Davis, Carver; Deuce Coon, Redemptorist.

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