Iota duo headlines All-Acadia Parish Girls Basketball team
CROWLEY – Following in the footsteps of your siblings is never an easy task, especially if your older sisters happen to be Ashlyn and Caitlyn Baggett.
That has been the task Allison Baggett for four years after the twins left behind a remarkable legacy at Iota High that included a pair of state championships in two different classes and four straight Top 28 appearances.
It was a challenge that the youngest Baggett met head on.
“Following Ashlyn and Caitlyn, it takes a lot,” said Allison. “They had a lot of success at Iota. You can either step up to the challenge as a player or back down because they are really good.
“I stepped up; I wanted to be known as Allison Baggett. It’s great to be known as Ash and Cait’s little sister, but at the same time, you want to be yourself and be remembered for who you are as a player. That’s what I was out to prove this year.”
Baggett proved that by helping lead the Lady Dogs to the Class 2A title game where they fell just short to powerhouse John Curtis.
The UL-Lafayette signee averaged 21.5 points, 5.2 assists 6.1 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 2.7 steals en route to earning All-Acadia Parish Most Valuable Player honors for the second straight year.
Baggett, who was also named the District 5-2A and Class 2A All-State MVP, scored 30 points in both the semifinals and the finals this year and scored a total of 130 points in the Lady Dogs’ five playoff games. She finished with 2,613 career points.
“A lot of siblings that might have had to follow the twins might have chosen something else to do rather than play basketball,” said the trio’s father and Iota head coach Stan Baggett, who also earned Coach of the Year honors. “To be able to have the success that she has, following the Ash and Cait Show, you have to give her credit because that’s a lot of pressure. And it just amazes me because it never has bothered her.
“The twins would tell you that she came out of their shadow last year, but I think it was this year. This year, I think people said ‘that’s no longer the twins little sister, that’s Allison Baggett’. This year she just came into her own.”
Stan Baggett led the Lady Dogs to a 34-4 season and has accumulated an overall record of 709-257 in 25 years of coaching. His is 359-82 since taking over the Lady Dogs and has guided them to two state titles, four championship game appearances and his squads have reached the Top 28 six times.
“We came a long way this year,” said Baggett of his 2011-12 team. “Early in the season, we weren’t really playing well and I figured that we wouldn’t make it past the second round of the playoffs. But all of the sudden we just started clicking. They turned it on and never, ever, looked back.”
The Baggetts are joined on the All-Acadia Parish team by Crowley High junior Mercedes Rogers, Notre Dame senior Marie Ledet and sophomore Alex Miller and Rayne senior Brandy Gibson.
Rogers, a 4-3A first-team All-District selection, was a guiding force for the CHS Ladies after averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds per game. She also had four steals and blocked three shots per outing.
Ledet was also a 4-3A first-team selection. She averaged 11.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.5 steals.
Miller pitched in 8.3 points, nine rebounds, two steals and four assists for the Lady Pios while Gibson had 8.8 points, 5.5 steals and shot 66 percent from the free throw line for the Lady Wolves.
Honorable mention selections on this year’s team include Iota’s Anna Lege, Dominiqua Thomas, Adalie Wriborg and Caroline Hebert, Crowley ’s Sara Woodard and Tiara Dugar, Notre Dame’s Mallory Chaisson, Sam Lyons and Mary Charles and Northside Christian’s Madisyn Clement and Natalie Hayes.
Also on the HM list are Midland ’s Haley Guidry, Bethany LeJeune and Katie Woods, Rayne’s Tanner Wilson and Church Point’s Mary Citizen and Raven Alexander.