Scott, Handy headline 5-AAA selections
By Chris Quebedeaux
CROWLEY – Crowley High’s Dexter Scott and Church Point’s Shalen Handy led their respective teams to runnersup finishes in District 5-AAA and second-round playoff appearances during the 2008-2009 prep basketball season.
For their efforts, both senior standouts were honored with the league’s Most Valuable Player award when the 5-AAA All-District teams were recently announced.
Scott led the league in scoring with 17 points per game in helping guide the Gents to an overall record of 21-10. He also averaged three assists, six rebounds and two steals while shooting 82 percent from the free throw line.
The Gents slipped past E.D. White in the first round of the playoffs before falling to eventual state runnersup Vidalia in the regional round.
Handy helped lead the Lady Bears to a 19-11 finish while nearly averaging a double-double per outing. She scored 15.4 points and pulled down nine rebounds per game during the season.
Church Point placed second in league play behind Northwest and was the only team to defeat the Lady Raiders during district action. The Lady Bears topped Patterson in the first round of the playoffs before falling to eventual state champion Capitol.
Northwest swept the Coach of the Year honors with Donald Dupree taking the award on the boys’ side and Letosha Malone winning on the girls’ side.
Joining Scott on the boys’ first team were Notre Dame’s Nick Zaunbrecher, Church Point’s Torey Boudreaux and Northwest’s Travis Chenier and Thaddeus Kennerson.
Zaunbrecher averaged 15.6 points, two assists and 8.7 rebounds during his senior campaign. He also had 2.4 steals and one block per game.
Boudreaux averaged 13.3 points, two assists, eight rebounds and two blocks per contest.
Crowley’s Michael Harmon was named to the second team as well as Rayne’s Darius Bonnom and Paul Charles, Church Point’s Kaliup Citizen and Northwest’s Cleveland Thomas Jr.
The league’s All-Defensive team is made up of Crowley’s Darius Harrison, Notre Dame’s Robert Johnson, Church Point’s Kaliup Citizen, Northwest’s Shone Richard and Rayne’s Justin Jolivette.
Locals earning honorable mention status were Crowley’s Therrion Beverly and Tevin Barker; Notre Dame’s Taylor Thibodeaux, Charlie Ropp, Morgan Allen, John Graf, John Nickel and Jack Thomas Hundley; Church Point’s Malcolm Kennerson and Damien Freeman and Rayne’s Vincent Sinegal and Antonio Wheeler.
On the girls’ side, Handy is joined on the first-team by teammate Denesio Citizen as well as Crowley’s Sharae Henry and Northwest’s Breawnie Clark and Jessica Thomas.
Citizen led the league in scoring with 15.6 points per game. She also logged four rebounds, three assists and three steals per outing.
Henry averaged 11 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.6 steals per game.
Earning second-team honors were Crowley’s Lavetta Chaisson, Notre Dame’s Kylie Pannell, Taylor Simon and Celia Charles and Rayne’s Trysteen Teer.
The All-Defensive Team includes Notre Dame’s Alex Boulet, Crowley’s Isis Broussard, Rayne’s Jamie Price, Church Point’s Alicia Arceneaux and Northwest’s Ashley Leday.
Church Point’s Jalisa Citizen, Rayne’s Krystal Chevis and Northwest’s Willarmae Boast were each named to the honorable mention list.