By robin fambrough
March 20, 2013
MONROE — Scotlandville High’s Brian Bridgewater was voted the Most Valuable Player among boys players at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association/State Farm Top 28 Tournament.
Bridgewater, the title-game MVP for the Class 5A final, led the Hornets to their second straight title by scoring 24 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. He one of three Baton Rouge-area players on the boys all-tournament team selected by the media following the four-day tourney held at the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
Bridgewater’s Scotlandville teammate Damian Jones also made the team along with Madison Prep’s Chad Williams. New Orleans area players on the boys squad were Michael Corchiani of Metairie Park Country Day and Riverside Academy’s Cory Costanza.
Completing the boys team were Pelican’s Zikiteran Woodley, Ouachita’s Cameron Sims, St. Thomas More’s Matt Roberts, Carroll’s JaCarre Crockett and Ouachita’s Chris Sumbler.
Dubach’s Sueterrica Key, who pumped in 41 points in her team’s Class C win over Saline, was voted the MVP of the girls team.
St. Thomas Aquinas’ Amber Donnes, Salmen’s Kalani Brown, Vermilion Catholic’s Katie Frith and West St. John’s Jalyn Gordon were the South Louisiana players on the girls squad.
Completing the girls squad were Southwood’s Jessica Ellis, Fairview’s Katie Lemieux, Rayville’s Thomasina Minor, Southwood’s Kourtney Pennywell and Natchitoches Central’s Victoria Rachal.
The tourney that featured 14 title games — seven for boys and seven for girls — attracted 27,390 fans.
All figures are not in, but those numbers, combined with regional semifinal numbers, will show the second year of the combined format brought in more fans than in 2012.
LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson said the Saturday night session needed to attract between 5,000 and 6,000 to better year’s total for the combined regional and finals sites. That final session drew 7,379.
It was also the final year of the combined format. LHSAA principals voted to return to separate semifinals/finals tournaments for boys and girls in 2014.
The Thursday evening session, which attracted 8,299 fans, was the largest.