Hill named coach of the year
His team didn’t advance to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Top 28 Tournament.
But that did not keep Donaldsonville High boys basketball coach Greg Hill from claiming one of the top honors on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 2A All-State teams.
State champions Riverside Academy (boys) and Winnfield (girls) took the other top honors on the squad selected by a panel of sportswriters from across the state.
Riverside’s Ricardo Gathers was voted the Most Valuable Player on the boys squad for the second straight season after leading the Rebels to their second Class 2A state title in dominant fashion. Teammate Louis Dabney joined Gathers on the boys first team.
Hill led the Tigers to a 28-4 record and No. 3 seed before being eliminated in the second round. Hill has spent 36 seasons at DHS.
CLASS 2A ALL-STATE BASKETBALL TEAMS
Player School Ht. Cl. Avg.
Breonna O’Connor Ville Platte 5-6 So. 19.0
Derreyeal Youngblood John Curtis 6-5 So. 13.3
Rebekah Greer St. Thomas Aquinas 5-8 Sr. 16.7
Christina Gray Winnfield 5-8 Sr. 11.5
Kendra Coleman Donaldsonville 5-7 Sr. 21.3
Allison Baggett Iota 5-9 Jr. 23.7
La’Kelia Pounds Sterlington 5-7 Sr. 20.0
Samantha Thomas Pickering 5-6 Fr. 16.0
Mackenzie Greene South Beauregard 5-7 Sr. 14.0
Danisha Allison Oakdale 5-10 Sr. 24.8
Most Valuable Player: Christina Gray, Winnfield
Coach Of The Year: Patrece Carter, Winnfield
Honorable mention: Whitney Gathright, John Curtis; Bianca Harvey, Donaldsonville; Christina Navarra, St. Thomas Aquinas; Joslyn Allen, Lake Providence; Kesha Toston, Lake Providence; Carlee Reeves, East Beauregard; Jenna Lee, South Beauregard; Kayla Mollere, Donaldsonville; Tashana Triplett, Winnfield.
Player School Ht. Cl. Avg.
Ricardo Gathers Riverside Academy 6-8 Jr. 20.5
Brian Bridgewater Episcopal 6-5 So. 23.7
Louis Dabney Riverside Academy 6-4 Jr. 17.3
Zaveral Jackson St. Thomas Aquinas 6-1 Sr. 18.2
John Isaac Pickering 6-4 Sr. 22.0
Shannon Knighten Farmerville 6-3 Sr. 17.5
James Morse Evangel Christian 6-0 Sr. 17.2
Chase Stanley University 6-1 Sr. 27.3
Cody Jones Ville Platte 6-0 Jr. 16.2
Gilbert McGregor Lusher 6-4 Sr. 21.3
Most Valuable Player: Ricardo Gathers, Riverside Academy
Coach Of The Year: Greg Hill, Donaldsonville
Honorable mention: T.J. Carpenter, Lakeside; Cameron Monroe, Evangel Christian; Lorenzo Collins, Donaldsonville; Malik Morgan, John Curtis; Xavius Larry, Farmerville; Matthew Allred, Sterlington; Lance Richard, Sterlington; Justin Tunwar, Kinder; Julius Jackson, Rosepine; Matt Moss, Anacoco; Anthony Davis, Pickering; Donald Thomas, Riverside Academy; Zelvin Smith, Riverside Academy; Kevin Cottonham, Jonesboro-Hodge; Alonzo Moore, Winnfield; Ricardo Lewis, Lakeview; Cody Scott, Springfield; Odell Beckham Jr., Newman.