Local seniors participate in All-Star Classic in Pineville

ALL-STAR: Southwood’s Marquarius Johnson (1) participated in the 2022 LHSBCA All-Star game Saturday.

By PRESTON EDWARDS, Journal Sports

Shreveport-Bossier did not bring home any hardware during Marsh Madness despite having two teams represent the area (Huntington and Bossier). However, the two parishes were well represented at the Louisiana High School Coaches’ Association (LSHBCA) All-star game in Pineville Saturday. Between the girls and boys rosters, the two parishes had a total of eight athletes participating.

On the boys side, the west team included six preps from the Shreveport-Bossier area. District 1-4A landed three players on the West squad led by Evangel guard Lance Waddles. He scored a game high 22 points with six 3-pointers during the game. He is a Division I prospect and showed his shooting range making a couple of 30 footers during the contest.

The Lions of Booker T. Washington were represented by the brother duo of Jacobee Jackson and Calvin Collins. Jackson managed to score five points during the game while Collins had two points and a spectacular chase down block.

The other three players were from various districts in the Shreveport-Bossier area. Labree Williams (District 1-1A MVP) and Joseph Manning (District 1-3A MVP) were starters for the West squad. Williams scored 10 points with a couple of second half dunks and Joe Manning made one of his several attempted 3-pointers. Marquarius Johnson of Southwood was the final member of the six-player contingent. He also put up five points during the game.

The West roster for the girls featured two of District 1-5A’s finest in Kayla Hampton from Airline and Zoe Manning from Captain Shreve.

Neither young lady fared well during the game in the scoring department for the West squad. Hampton, who became the all-time steals leader this season at Airline amassing 273 steals for her career, scored three points during the game. Manning, a former state champion and current SMU signee, did not score in the contest.

Both young ladies were joined by Coach Lyndzee McConathy from Airline. She had the honor of joining the coaching staff of the West squad as an assistant coach.

The West team took the loss during both contests. Jalencia “Jen” Pierre, game MVP from Amite, led the girls East squad to an 88-59 victory. She is also a Southeastern Louisiana commit.

In the boys game, Madison Prep center and Seton Hall signee, Percy Daniels turned in an MVP performance scoring 19 points as the East outlasted the West in a 120-100 final.

The LHSBCA also held a 3-point contest on Saturday. Chloe Larry from Parkway and Colby O’glee from Airline were the participants from Shreveport-Bossier. Jaylee Womack from Ponchatoula won the girls trophy while Braxton Basco from Simpson won the boys title.

Both games were played at the H.O. West Fieldhouse on the campus of Louisiana Christian University (formerly Louisiana College).

photo by PRESTON EDWARDS