Three locals lead All-District girls’ team
By: LANCE REED
The 2008-09 All-District 6-2A girl’s basketball team was selected right before the playoffs began.
With four out of five Evangeline Parish teams participating in the district, there were sure to be several local girls selected. Indeed there were, as a total of eight girls were named to either the first, second or defensive teams. Several girls also received honorable mention.
Long-time Ville Platte High Head Coach Elton Williams was named as the Coach of the Year. The legendary coach guided his girls to the District 6-2A championship and the playoffs. The Lady Bulldogs fought hard and made it to the second round of the Class 2A playoffs.
Ville Platte High sophomore Heidi Smith has been opening eyes since she was an eighth grader. She continued that trend this season and was named to the first team. She averaged 18 points per game on offense. She averaged six steals and two rebounds per game on defense.
Smith is joined by Mamou sophomore Mia Melvin. The MHS center led the district in average rebounds per game. She pulled down 11 boards per game and scored 17 points per game. She was a true team player averaging six assists per game as well.
Sacred Heart junior Sarah Fontenot had a great year for the Lady Trojans. The speedy little hustler averaged 15 points per game on offense. Defensively, she grabbed three steals per game and four rebounds. She also was big in the assists, with five per contest.
The All-District second team features two players from Evangeline Parish. Ville Platte High senior Rhonda Frank is no stranger to All-District teams. She has been a superstar at VPHS since she was in the eighth grade. She rattled off 12 points per game for her VPHS teammates. She also managed two steals per game along with four assists. With Frank leaving to graduation, her shoes will surely be hard to fill for VPHS said Head Coach Elton Williams.
Pine Prairie freshman Kassidy Crawford played strong for the Lady Panthers all season. She was consistent on both sides of the court. She put up an average of 14 points per game. She was a team player, striking up six assists per game. Defensively, she grabbed six boards a game and three steals. Crawford will be an asset for the PPHS girls for years to come.
The All-Defensive team in District 6-2A features three Evangeline Parish players. Sacred Heart’s Olivia Fontenot, a junior, was big under the bucket and even put up some big points for the Lady Trojans. Her ability to rebound helped the SHHS girls remain in games over and over again. Mamou’s Shakilya Gauthier, a junior, helped the Lady Demons get into the playoffs. She was among the top scorers on her team and she was high in the steals category. The youngest player of the group was one of the quickest. Ville Platte’s eighth grader Breanna O’Conner was fun to watch. She was among the team leaders in steals and fast breaks. She also put up double-digit points several times. In the district playoff game, she was a major force in helping the Lady Bulldogs get the District 6-2A championship. She has a long time for a very good career with the Lady Bulldogs. Pine Prairie’s Shainee Fontenot was selected to the team. The senior helped the Lady Panthers under the bucket throughout the season. She also got busy putting points up as well.
Several players received honorable mention from Evangeline Parish: Kinzey Franks, Elizabeth Ardoin and Kelsey Enicke (SHHS), Chelsey Rider and Destiny Anderson (PPHS), and Dashea Arvie, Falonda Jack and Deangenee Thomas (VPHS).
Congratulations go out to all EP players who received recognition on the All-District 6-2A basketball team.