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Riverside Academy’s Malik Crowfield goes up for the layup against against Lakeview’s Tay Hardy during the Class 2A state championship game on March 15 at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

Riverside Academy’s Malik Crowfield goes up for the layup against against Lakeview’s Tay Hardy during the Class 2A state championship game on March 15 at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

Crowfield, Underwood named tops in 2A

Last Modified: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 12:52 PM

By Troy LaFleur / American Press

It seemed like there was absolutely nothing that was going to stop Malik Crowfield and the Riverside Rebels as they ran rampant through Class 2A en route to a yet another state championship.

The honors didn’t stop at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association, however. Crowfield, after leading his team to the title also claimed the game’s Most Outstanding Player honor and now boasts the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 2A All-State MVP award. Voting for the award was unanimous.

Crowfield, who averaged 18.2 points per game on the season, is joined on the first team by Riverside teammates Von Julien (14.1 ppg) and Herb McGee (14.2). Crowfield and McGee are both only sophomores while Julien is a junior.

The other two first team spots went to Lakeview’s Tray Kirkendoll (18 ppg) and Dunham’s Quinton Thomas (22.4 ppg). Kirkendoll was the senior captain of a Gators squad that reached the state championship game before falling to Crowfield and the Rebels.

Earning the title of Coach of the Year was Lakeview’s Joshua Hancock.

On the girls side of things every team that reached the Top 28 tournament was represented in the first team, but it was Doyle’s Taylin Underwood who took home the title of MVP after a senior season in which she averaged 26 points per game and led the Lady Tigers to the championship game.

Joining her on the first team are Lake Arthur senior Elizabeth Guidry (20.3 ppg), North Caddo senior Ledethria Sheppard (19 ppg), Pickering senior Sami Thomas (20 ppg) and Capitol’s Darleisha McCallister.

Picking up Coach of the Year honors was Redemptorist’s Valenica Wilson who sparked a remarkable turnaround for the Lady Wolves that led them to the second round of the state playoffs.

Rounding out the boys’ second team is French Settlement senior Justin Lobell (22 ppg), G.W. Carver senior Romalas Walker (26.3 ppg), Episcopal junior Spencer Kleinpeter (21.7 ppg), Winnfield senior Evan SMith (22.3 ppg) and LAkeview junior Tay Hardy.

The girls second team includes Rapides senior Lou Compton (14.7 ppg), Jonesboro-Hodge senior LaParis Robinson (22 ppg), Ferriday sophomore Jada Griggs (21 ppg), North Caddo sophomore Jasmine Thomas (17 ppg) and Lakeview freshman Ny’Keria Jones (16 ppg).

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