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American Press All-Southwest La. Big Schools Basketball Team: Season to Remember for Trail, Barry – American Press

Jabbari Barry helped Barbe to one of his best seasons in a decade, while Myca Trail helped the Saints remain the best team in Division II.

For this, the pair were chosen as the most valuable players on the American press All major school basketball teams in Southwest Louisiana.

Trail, a senior forward, helped the Saints win a second straight Division II state championship, averaging 18.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.0 steals and 3.0 assists per game. St. Louis went 32-3, capped by a win over St. Thomas More in the state championship game. In that game, Trail scored 33 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

“She’s a special player who has done all the right things on the pitch and in the classroom, where she’s an A student,” Saints head coach Tony Johnson said.

Johnson said Trail never shied away from responsibility.

“She came in as a freshman and was instrumental in this team,” he said. “As a sophomore, she knew we needed more of her and she stepped in and got us to the championship game.

“She put in so much work after practice; she was a great leader. You know she’s going to be successful in life because she appreciates what it takes.

Johnson is Coach of the Year, giving the Saints a sweep of individual honors.

Joining Trail in the first team is teammate Paris Guillory, a junior guard who averaged 18 points per game. The team also includes guard Iota Avery Young (20 ppg), guard Barbe Mikayla Manley (18.3 ppg) and guard LaGrange Miah Alexis (15 ppg).

The boys’ first team is led by Barry, who averaged 18.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.3 steals per game while leading the Bucs to a 20-win season.

“Since his freshman year, he’s really worked hard, matured and worked on all aspects of his game,” Bucs head coach Carl Klein said. “This year his knowledge of the pitch – getting the ball where it needed to go and his ability to take over when needed – really improved. He was able to create and make things easier for others .

Barry is joined in the first team by St. Louis forward Bryson Hardy (19.6 ppg), Washington-Marion guard Tyree Brown (17.8 ppg) and the Iowa tandem of forwards Curtis Deville (13 points per game) and Deshawn Caesar (13 points per game).

The Coach of the Year is Iowa’s Robert Melanson, who guided the Yellow Jackets to a 26-5 season, a 4-3A district championship and a trip to the playoff quarterfinals. Melanson earned his 700th career victory during the season.

American Press Southwest Louisiana High Schools Basketball Team


first team

pos. Player, school Cl. Ht. Avg.

G Jabbari Barry, Beard Jr. 6-1 18.1

F Bryson Hardy, St. Louis Catholic Sr. 6-3 19.6

G Tyree Brown, Washington-Marion Sr. 6-1 17.8

A Curtis Deville, Iowa Sr. 6-2 13.0

G Deshawn Caesar, Iowa So. 6-2 13.0

MVP — Jabbari Barry, Beard

COACH OF THE YEAR —Rob Melanson, Iowa

second team

pos. Player, school Cl. Ht. Avg.

F Ja’quise Richmond, Barbe Jr. 6-5 14.1

G Desamonte Gradney, Iowa So. 6-1 13.0

G Jamaal Guillory, Westlake Sr. 5-10 17.8

W Chance Levi, Jennings Sr 6-1 17.0

G Ryan Baptist, LC College Prep Jr. 5-10 13.6


first team

pos. Player, school Cl. Ht. Avg.

G Myca Trail, St. Louis Catholic Sr. 5-10 18.7

G Paris Guillory, St. Louis Catholic Jr. 5-7 18.3

G Mikayla Manley, Beard Jr. 5-8 18.3

G Miah Alexis, LaGrange father 5-7 15.0

G Avery Young, Iota Sr. 5-7 20.0

MVP – Myca Trail, St. Louis Catholic

COACH OF THE YEAR – Tony Johnson, St. Louis Catholic

second team

pos. Player, school Cl. Ht. Avg.

G Jill Fontenot, Jennings Sr. 5-7 15.2

C Bri Doucet, Jennings Sr 6-2 12.7

A Ariel Williams, Beard Jr. 5-11 22.0

G Dayla Simon, South Beauregard Senior 5-6 16.0

F Mckenzie Shaw, LaGrange Sr 5-9 12.0