When the final buzzer sounded in the Class C finals in both Hammond and Lake Charles, Summerfield and the Atlanta were LHSAA champions.
Summerfield junior Mercedes Coleman and Atlanta senior Tony Brown were the leaders for their respective teams, and as a result, topped the Class C all-state teams as selected by a panel of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Coleman was the only starter remaining from the Lady Rebels state championship run the past two years. With a bunch of youngsters, Coleman was dominant, averaging 25.2 points and 10.7 rebounds per game in leading Summerfield to its third straight championship, beating top-ranked Plainview by a bucket, 52-50.
Brown, one of several seniors for Atlanta, averaged 25 points per game during the season. He delivered the goods came when his team needed it the most, guiding the Bulldogs to a 50-49 win over Summerfield in the Class C finals as they entered the final frame down by 13 points.
Randy Carlisle of Summerfield was chosen as the girls Coach of the Year, Jehovah-Jireh’s Dirk Ricks won honors on the boys side for the teams made up of teams who competed for Class C and Division V LHSAA titles.
Carlisle coached Summerfield to its third straight girls title and led the Rebel boys team to a Class C runner-up spot. Ricks led Jehovah-Jireh to a runner-up finish in Division V in a season that saw the Warriors post wins over Division IV runner-up Southern Lab, Division I semifinalist McKinley and 2A semifinalist Riverside Academy.
Joining Coleman as members of the girls’ first-team were Atlanta senior Teashana Sapp (12.2 ppg), Plainview junior Kennedy Johnson (14 ppg), Dodson senior Erica Burnett (19.7 ppg) and New Living Word senior Jessica Onwuzulike…