Several Plaquemine High players and Head Coach Denny Wright racked up honors like the many victories they had on the District 9-3A basketball courts when the league coaches met recently and named its annual All-District list.


 Several Plaquemine High players and Head Coach Denny Wright racked up honors like the many victories they had on the District 9-3A basketball courts when the league coaches met recently and named its annual All-District list.

Senior shooting guard Maquel Robinson notched Most Valuable Player honors and a berth on the first-team All-District unit, edging out senior teammate Deryl Lewis by only five votes for the honors. The close vote, as well as the many overall honors received by the district champions, indicated the dominance of the eventual state semifinals round ball club in its district.

Joining MVP Robinson and MVP runner-up Lewis on the first-team all-district unit was senior teammate Cody Edmond.

Meanwhile, Wright was named the league’s Coach of Year after leading the Green Devils to a 31-5 season record, the district title and a 7-1 league mark, and a berth in the Top 28 state tournament semifinals in recent days. The Green Devils were ranked number one in the state for several weeks and were the number one seed in Class 3-A state tourney brackets.

The Green Devils lost its only league game to runner-up Lutcher High, but closed out the season with a 2-1 mark against the strong LHS Bulldogs, beating them in the quarterfinal playoffs to net their state tourney berth. Overall, the PHS club lost in the state semifinals to eventual state champ Richwood High, lost once in district on the road by three points to Lutcher, lost in an Alabama honors tournament to state-ranked Bob Jones High, and twice to 4-A power Istrouma High. None of the PHS losses were by more than eight points. Their 31 victories and low average of allowing less than 40 points to opponents during the season speaks for itself.

Robinson led the PHS offense with a 13.4 scoring average and was one of the team leaders in steals and assists. Lewis was right behind him with a 11.9 average. Edmond led the team in rebounds and averaged 8.7 points a game. Stevens averaged only 2.2 points per game, but joined with Robinson in covering the best opponent offensive players. Defense was the strong suit for the ball club all season long and Stevens was the team’s designated defender on a team filled with outstanding defensive players.

Notching Honorable Mention to the All-District first team were PHS seniors Stevens, Ryan Travis, and Evan Franklin. Travis and Stevens often substituted for one another, but Coach Wright was so deep in talent he played Franklin and juniors Jeff Ricard and Demarcus Veal off the bench, while rotating Stevens, Travis, and Robinson in and out of the lineup with Robinson getting the most court time. Franklin and Veal often spelled Edmond off the bench and underneath the goal. Franklin averaged 2.7 points a game and was one of the club’s top rebounders. Travis was the club’s “quarterback” on the floor at point guard. He was another defensive ace for PHS and averaged 2.8 points a game.

Joining the honored Green Devils on the first-team all-district unit were Lutcher leading scorer Bruce BeJoile; Port Allen scoring ace Tyler Washington and number two scorer Austin Allen; the Lutcher trio Fred Thomas, Dexter McCoil, and Chris Richardson; and St. Charles High leader Demarcus Bernard.

Neighboring Brusly High placed Stanley Stewart, Kevin Purnell, and Darrius Jackson on the Honorable Mention list. Port Allen High Honorable Mentions were Leonard Parker, Marcus Parker, Jonathan Paul, and Alton Wallace.