Knight, Brown make 1A All-State girls' team

Staff Report

Central Catholic’s Meo Knight and Randi Brown were both honored by the Louisiana Sports Writers’ Association as they were named to the squad’s first and second teams, respectively.

Knight earned first team honors after averaging a double-double per game with 18.9 points and 11 rebounds as well as 5.3 steals and three assists, while Brown earned second team honors after posting per-game averages of 16.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4 steals and 2.7 assists.

Both were key components in the Lady Eagles’ run to the Class 1A state semifinals this year where the squad fell to eventual state runner-up West St. John, 66-58.

“Both Meo and Randi are phenomenal players, and despite what others may think, they work really well together,” Central Catholic coach Jamarr Garrett said. “They were both a big reason why we were so successful this year.”

Individually, though, Garrett said they are different players.

“Meo is a very athletic basketball player, and the impact she has on a game is unreal,” he said. “She can jump, she can run, she can dribble, she can pass and she can shoot. Those are all qualities a coach loves to have in a basketball player. What I liked the most about her this year is the way she could single-handedly take over a game. Whether it's from scoring on steals from the press, or going from one end of the floor to the other off a defensive rebound, she just brings intensity to a basketball game.

“The only way to describe Randi is by simply calling her a scorer,” Garrett said. “She can create her own shots off the dribble, and she's not afraid to shoot with a defender in her face. The confidence she has in herself and her shot is what I like about her. She's not afraid to miss and just because she's having an off night doesn’t stop her from trying to score.”

Both made the all-state team after earning District 8-1A honors. Knight was district most valuable player, while Brown was a first-team selection.

Garrett, who was considered for Class 1A Coach of the Year honors, was district coach of the year.

The Class 1A Coach of the Year award went to Vermilion Catholic’s Kim Guidry, who led her team to an upset of top-ranked West St. John for the state title.

Vermilion Catholic competed with Central Catholic in District 8-1A. The Lady Eagles picked up two wins during the regular season over their rivals from Abbeville.

West St. John’s Jaylyn Gordon, a University of Louisiana at Lafayette signee, was named the Class 1A Most Valuable Player.

Both Ashailee Brailey and Katie Frith of Vermilion Catholic made the first team, too.

Additional reporting by theadvocate.com

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