Country Day claims major 1A basketball honors

Metairie Park Country Day center Scott Plaisance hit the basket to complete one of the more amazing comebacks of the season and help carry the Cajuns and coach Mike McGuire to the Class 1A state championship.

Plaisance, who hit a bucket with under eight seconds left to send the game into overtime, was named the Outstanding Player on the Class 1A All-State boys basketball team selected by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. McGuire also was voted the Class 1A Coach of the Year.

The 6-foot-9 Plaisance, a junior, averaged 15.8 points, 10.3 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game. McGuire coached his team to a 26-10 mark, despite losing 7-foot freshman Thon Maker, who transferred to a school in Virginia at the beginning of the season.

“I’m so happy for Scott and for myself,” McGuire said. “Scott is very deserving, and in the last year, he’s come a long way. As a sophomore, he didn’t have the skill set he does now, and I think people realize.

“As the year progressed, Scott stepped up to every challenge. He improved all year, but he was the most dominant in our five playoff games. He gave us a complete effort.”

West St. John High School guard Jaylyn Gordon, a University of Louisiana-Lafayette signee, wasn’t as lucky. Her Rams lost to Vermilion Catholic 54-52 in the title game. That didn’t keep the 5-8 Gordon from being voted the 1A girls Outstanding Player.

Gordon, who scored 30 points in the state championship game, averaged 22.3 points in helping the Rams to a 30-2 mark.

Vermilion Catholic coach Kim Guidry, whose team finished 30-6, was named the 1A girls Coach of the Year. Central Catholic’s Jamarr Garrett also was considered for the girls coaching honor.

Joining Plaisance on the first team were Christian Life junior Johnathan Stove (19.8 points per game), Houma Christian senior Nate Frye (17.6), Central Catholic senior Dontrell Brown (24.5) and North Central senior Nathaniel Francis (15.0).

Arcadia junior Antwine Baker (15.0), Northwood-Lena freshman Michael Laysard (17.2), White Castle senior DeAndre Bellock (24.0), North Central senior Tra’Von Joseph (24.0) and Arcadia sophomore Eric Brown (14.0) were voted to the second team.

Joining Gordon on the girls first team were: Plain Dealing senior Dennisha Chambers (38.0), Central Catholic junior Meoshonti Knight (18.9) and Vermilion Catholic’s Ashailee Brailey (22.0) and Katie Frith (17.5).

Merryville seventh-grader Andrea Cournoyer (24.2), Southern Lab senior Jackie Bartley (18.0), Central Catholic junior Randi Brown (16.4), North Central senior Aleyah Vallien (15.0) and West St. John freshman Maya Trench (14.9) make up the second team.