Fairview's Brennan Maddox celebrates after the school's semifinal round victory over Florien during the Top 28 State Basketball Tournament last week. (Rick Hickman / American Press)
Last Modified: Thursday, March 20, 2014 5:33 PMThe small town of Grant has long been the home of the Class B girls state player of the year, but for the first time it boasts the boys player, too.
Maghan Cooley and Brennan Maddox of Fairview were awarded the honors by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association after captaining their respective squads to the Top 28 state basketball tournament.
Cooley, making her third consecutive appearance as an all-stater, averaged 19 points and 10 assists per game as a senior and led the Lady Panthers to an unprecedented eighth consecutive state championship. She was named the championship game’s Most Outstanding Player in a 76-53 win over Lacassine.
“Cooley sets the tone for them,” Lacassine head coach Jeremy Hollier after the title game. “She is fast and no matter what is going on, keeps them running.”
Joining her on the first team is teammate and fellow senior Katie Lemieux, who led the state by averaging 21 points per game. Cooley and Lemieux depart Fairview with seven state championship rings each.
Maddox was unable to bring a second state championship home to Grant after Midland beat the Panthers 61-51 in the title game. The runner-up finish was the best in school history for the boys, and a dominant performance by Maddox earned him state MVP honors.
In his sophomore campaign, Maddox averaged 22.2 points and 16.4 rebound per game. He finished with a double-double in all but one of his 37 appearances.
“We tried all night to stop Maddox, but by the end we realized there was no way that we could and decided to try and beat them with our guard play,” Midland head coach Todd Briley said after the state championship game.
Also picking up an honor from Fairview was boys head coach Ron Stark, who was named Coach of the Year. Stark led the Panthers to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Top 28 tournament on three occasions but never advanced beyond the semifinal until this season.
Taking home the honor as the girls Coach of the Year was Stanley’s Cleve Craig who took a new-look squad to the state semifinals and amassing a 41-1 overall record.
Joining Cooley and Lemieux on the girls first team are Lacassine sophomore Madyson Brasseaux (18.6 ppg), Stanley junior Micheé Alexander (18.9 ppg) and Anacoco senior Jenna Price (17 ppg).
Joining Maddox on the boys first team are Midland senior Jake Gautreaux (17.3 ppg), Doyline senior Lawrence Hester (27 ppg), Florien junior Bailey Walker (16.9 ppg) and Anacoco sophomore Will Reese (16.5 ppg).