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High school basketball: Doyline’s McClendon named second team Class B All-State

by Russell Hedges

By Daniel Green, Written for the LSWA

Doyline junior Damarion McClendon has been named to the second team on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class B All-State boys basketball team.

The 5-foot-9 guard averaged 15.3 points per game. He helped the Panthers win the District 1-B championship and finish 24-4.

Avoyelles Charter junior Jalen Brown and Hicks senior Reese Stephens were selected as the Outstanding Player award winners. The boys and girls teams were selected by a panel of sportswriters from across the state.

Brown was voted the Class B Outstanding Player for the second straight year. He led the Vikings to a win over J.S. Clark in the Division V select final at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles.

For the season, Brown averaged 21 points, five steals, four rebounds and four assists per outing.

Stephens, a first-team all-state performer in 2023, guided Hicks back to the Division V nonselect final and a runner-up finish to Fairview. She averaged 20 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals per contest.

Negreet’s Gary Henry (boys) and Ross Rix of J.S. Clark (girls) grabbed Coach of the Year honors.

Henry guided Negreet to the LHSAA tourney for the first time since 1997. Rix coached both the boys and girls at J.S. Clark to the Division V select state championship games, winning the girls championship over defending champion Oak Hill. J.S. Clark was the runner-up to Avoyelles Charter in the boys title game.

LSWA CLASS B ALL-STATE BASKETBALL CHARTS

BOYS

First team

Player School Ht. Cl Avg.

Jalen Brown Avoyelles Charter 5-8 Jr. 21.0

Preston Sanders Zwolle 6-2 Jr. 23.0

Le’Damien George J.S. Clark 6-3 So. 18.0

Dustin Welch Anacoco 6-4 Sr. 20.4

Johnathan Holmes Negreet 6-4 Sr. 22.3

Second team

Player School Ht. Cl Avg.

Kane Broussard Lacassine 6-4 Jr. 20.0

Michael Jones Choudrant 6-1 Sr. 25.4

Armonii Benjamin Avoyelles Charter 6-1 So. 16.3

Hayden Doyle Hicks 6-2 Sr. 15.6

Damarion McClendon Doyline 5-9 Jr. 15.3

OUTSTANDING PLAYER: JALEN BROWN, AVOYELLES CHARTER

COACH OF THE YEAR: GARY HENRY, NEGREET

Honorable mention

Howard Ethridge, Zwolle; Jacob Vilar, Episcopal of Acadiana; Itavus Brown, Simsboro; Logan Ponder, Quitman; Christopher Newton, Rapides; Dalton Miller, Holden; Kayden Bourque, Midland.

GIRLS

First team

Player School Ht. Cl Avg.

Reese Stephens Hicks 5-4 Sr. 20.0

Taylor Barnaba J.S. Clark 5-1 So. 18.0

Gracie Miller Midland 5-9 Sr. 20.4

Shyanne Phillips Hicks 6-1 Sr. 21.0

Alexis Dyer Oak Hill 5-10 Sr. 17.0

Second team

Player School Ht. Cl Avg.

Bailey Davis Anacoco 5-9 Sr. 12.4

Madison Suire Hathaway 5-4 Sr. 15.4

Payton Herpin Bell City 5-9 So. 20.2

Ambree Collinsworth Castor 5-6 Sr. 12.8

Kaiya Miller Negreet 5-7 So. 12.7

OUTSTANDING PLAYER: REESE STEPHENS, HICKS

COACH OF THE YEAR: ROSS RIX, J.S. CLARK

Honorable mention

Cali Deal, Quitman; Reese Brown, Choudrant; Lily Rousseau, Avoyelles Charter; Tora Savoy, Midland; Hayzlyn Granade, Maurepas; Preslye Rivers, Converse; Abbilee Dowden, Anacoco.

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