It was another stellar year for girls’ basketball in Vernon Parish.

It was another stellar year for girls’ basketball in Vernon Parish.

One team reached the state finals, while another captured third place in the state. Still another reached the state quarterfinals for a second year in a row.

The 2016-17 campaign proved to be one for the ages ... those relatively young in age, that is.

This year’s version of the All-Vernon Parish Girls’ Basketball Team, as selected by a panel of voters chosen by the sports department of the Leesville Daily Leader, is a young one, with only two of the 10 players on the squad being upperclassmen.

Among the upperclassmen on the team is Anacoco senior Whitney Goins.

In 2015-16, she helped lead the Anacoco Lady Indians to the Ladies Top 28 in Hammond, where they fell in the state semifinals to the Florien Lady Blackcats.

This year, Goins guided the Lady Indians back to the state tournament in Hammond, where Anacoco defeated Fairview in the semifinals, setting up a contest against U.S. 171 rival, Florien, in the Class B finals.

Though the Lady Indians fell short in their quest for the school’s 10th state championship in girls’ basketball, Goins, a first-team all-stater a year ago, has repeated as the Vernon Parish Most Valuable Player.

Goins isn’t the first Lady Indian to repeat as the Vernon Parish MVP as former standouts Ashley and Katie Antony both accomplished that feat.

Goins averaged 15 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots per game for the Lady Indians this season, leading Anacoco to 27 wins and a No. 3 seed in the Class B playoffs.

Goins, who will likely be a first-team all-state selection again in Class B, was also named to the Louisiana High School Coaches Association all-star game.

Joining Goins as award winners on this year’s squad are Leesville freshman J’Mani Ingram, Hicks junior Daci Warren and veteran coach Robert Carter.

Ingram, who averaged 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals per game, exploded onto the scene this year for the Lady Cats, helping them reach the postseason after a 1-year hiatus.

Ingram, recently named first-team all-district by the coaches in 3-4A, was selected as the Newcomer of the Year on the all-parish team as she proved to be one of the most talented newcomers to come through Vernon Parish in a number of years.

Just up the road a bit in Hicks, Warren has been one of the key components in the girls’ basketball renaissance at the school. She helped lead the Lady Pirates to the second round of the Class B playoffs, where they fell to eventual state semifinalist, Holden.

Warren, known for her ball-hawking ability, was chosen as the Defensive Player of the Year as she averaged close to five steals per contest as she guarded the opposing team’s best player.

Veteran head coach Robert Carter returned to the sideline this year at Pickering, helping lead the Lady Red Devils to 20 wins, a runner-up finish to Rapides in District 3-2A play and a No. 17 ranking in the Class 2A playoffs, where they nearly knocked off Sterlington on the road.

As a result, Carter won Vernon Parish Coach of the Year honors for the first time in his career.

Joining Goins and Ingram on the all-Vernon Parish first team are Simpson freshman Payton Miller, Pickering eighth-grader Kierra Sanderlin and Hicks’ eighth-grader Chloe Wilbanks.

Miller, en route to being named the District 3-C Most Valuable Player, led the Lady Broncos as she scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds per game. She led the Lady Broncos to the Class C quarterfinals for a second straight year, where they fell to Atlanta.

Sanderlin, a candidate for Newcomer of the Year, averaged a double-double this year as a first-time starter for the Lady Red Devils, scoring 20 points and grabbing 12 rebounds per contest.

Wilbanks, another candidate for Newcomer of the Year, averaged 15 points and seven assists per contest for the Lady Pirates, who grabbed the No. 13 seed in the Class B playoffs.

The all-parish second team includes Faith Training senior Katie Harvey, Anacoco junior Korie Kreps, Pickering’s Mahogany Griffin, Rosepine’s Cheyenne Vander and Simpson junior Torie Calcote.

Harvey was a first-team all-state pick in the ACEL, while Kreps won first-team all-district honors for the Lady Indians.

Griffin was the second-leading scorer for the Lady Red Devils behind Sanderlin this season, while Vander sparked the Lady Eagles to their first home playoff game in a number of years.

Calcote, a junior point guard, was a first-team all-district selection and a serious candidate for 3-C Most Valuable Player as she guided the Lady Broncos to a league championship.