Parish players make all-district bball team

Kyle Riviere
Donaldsonville senior Janira Collier was named first-team All-District 6-3A. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

The 2016-17 girl’s basketball season was one of the most successful the parish has seen in years as four teams made it to the second round of the playoffs.

The Ascension standouts saw the fruits of their labor recently as they were named to their respective all-district teams.

Starting in Class 5A, East Ascension stole most of the headlines throughout the season—and justifiably so.

The Lady Spartans had one of the best regular seasons in school history. After losing their second game, East Ascension finished on a 22-game winning streak that culminated in a District 5-5A championship.

In that undefeated title run, the Lady Spartans beat league opponents by an average of 30 points per game.

This awarded them the No. 2 seeding in the playoffs. That was quite the change from a year earlier, when they barely squeezed into the postseason field as the No. 32 seed.

About his team’s amazing transformation during the season, head coach Dennis Chandler said, “To go the entire season and only lose one, I take my hat off to them. This is probably one of the most resilient teams that I’ve coached.”

East Ascension reached the second round of the playoffs, but they were then upset by Pineville on the road.

Many Lady Spartans were highlighted on the All-District 5-5A team. Most notably, Alynzia Morris was named the district’s MVP.

Joining her on the first team were senior Sharan Turner and Tristian Washington.

Chandler was crowned the district’s Coach of the Year.

Dutchtown was another team that fared very well this past season. The Lady Griffins went 21-9 and reached the second round of the playoffs, before losing to fourth-seeded Denham Springs on the road.

For their efforts, three Dutchtown players were first-team All-District 5-5A selections in forwards Reagan Crawford and Chelsea Cain and senior point guard Kyra Harleaux.

St. Amant had a tough year as they were forced to rebuild after the losses of senior leaders in Ne’Kyla Williams and Vanessa Thomas. To complicate matters, starting point guard Haley Fontenot sustained a season-ending ACL injury before the year even began.

As a result, the Lady Gators struggled through a losing season and missed the playoffs.

Still, junior forward Megan Melancon was able to earn her way on the All-District 5-5A first team.

In Class 3A, Donaldsonville was able to have another tremendously productive season as they finished the year 18-13 and reached the second round of the playoffs for the second straight season. They were eliminated by sixth-seeded Albany.

Two Lady Tigers made the first team in Daija Harvey and senior Janira Collier. Mya Chatman made the second team.

Finally, Ascension players were also able to headline the all-district team in Class 1A.

It was a superb season for Ascension Christian as they achieved many historical feats throughout the year.

The Lady Lions finished the regular season 14-13. This included a 12-3 stretch to end the year.

This awarded them a first-round bye and No. 8 seeding in the new Division IV playoffs. This was their highest seeding in school history.

With their blowout victory over St. Edmund in the second round, they earned their first ever postseason victory and they reached the state quarterfinals for the first time in school history.

It was there that they fell to top seed and eventual state runner-up Houma Christian.

Ascension Christian’s two leading scorers made the All-District 6-1A first team.

Junior Jamilyn Robinson made the first-team unit for the fourth straight season. She was joined by East Iberville transfer Alona Washington.