Recently, the LSWA released their All-State basketball teams. Only four players in the parish made the cut, and all four were girls.

The best girl’s basketball players in Ascension Parish have already been honored by their respective districts for their marvelous play in 2017-18. Now, it’s time for the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Recently, the LSWA released their All-State basketball teams. Only four players in the parish made the cut, and all four were girls.

Two selections came from East Ascension, and the two others came from Ascension Christian.

The Lady Spartans just completed the greatest season in their program’s history.

East Ascension went 19-2 during the regular season and shared the District 5-5A title with McKinley.

The Lady Panthers contributed to one of their losses this season; they were the eventual Division-I state runners-up. East Ascension’s other loss came against Class 3A runner-up Madison Prep.

The Lady Spartans headed into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed and upset top-seeded Barbe in the quarterfinals, punching their ticket to the state tournament for the first time in 25 years.

There, they crushed fifth-seeded Zachary and held off No. 7 Natchitoches Central in the title game to claim the program’s first-ever state championship.

Guard Diniaa McZeal was named second-team All-State by the LSWA. McZeal averaged 16 points per game and was also named the District 5-5A MVP.

Junior point guard Tristen Washington was an honorable-mention selection. Washington was the state title game’s Most Outstanding Player.

Head coach Dennis Chandler was named the state’s Coach of the Year by the LSWA.

This was Chandler’s third state title victory. He previously won two others at McCall High (now Madison Parish High).

Under Chandler, the Lady Spartans have lost just four games in the past two seasons.

Of his coaching style, Chandler said, “Adversity, perseverance—there are a lot of things that go on behind the scenes. If you can play for me, you’re a pretty good kid. It’s not easy to play for me. I’m demanding on and off of the floor. Expectations are high on and off of the floor. ‘EA’ might be an acronym for East Ascension, but for me, it stands for ‘excellence always.’”

In Class 1A, Ascension Christian had their best season in school history as well. The Lady Lions won a share of the District 6-1A title and reached the state quarterfinals for a second straight year.

Leading the charge was their duo of Jamilyn Robinson and Alona Washington. Both players made the LSWA All-State team.

Robinson made the second team after averaging 26 points per game during her senior season. It concluded a career in which she scored more than 2,000 points, which is an Ascension Christian record.

Making honorable mention was junior guard Alona Washington. Washington was the District 6-1A MVP this past season.