Trio of Lady Eagles make all-state

By: GEOFFREY STOUTE
The Central Catholic Lady Eagles placed three players on the Class 1A Louisiana Sportswriters Association’s All-State squad.

CCHS sophomore Meo Knight was a first-team selection, while fellow sophomore Randi Brown was a second-team selection, and junior Makayla McDaniel was an honorable mention selection.

During the 2011-12 season, Knight put up per game averages of 19.8 points, 13.9 rebounds, 11.3 steals, 6.7 assists and 5.2 blocks.

“Meo’s presence on the court makes it difficult to play her,” CCHS assistant coach Joe Jones said. “She can do so many things with defense, passing the ball (and) her rebounding. People don’t realize one thing. Meo (is) probably one of the only young ladies I’ve seen right now that is 5-8 that can grab the rim. She has some very serious vertical leap.”

Jones said the standout could touch the rim last year and was grabbing it this year. He said she already is talking about the possibility of dunking before she leaves CCHS.

Brown averaged 21.4 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 7.1 spg and 5.7 apg.

“Randi’s a very strong player,” Jones said. “She is really knowledgeable of the game. Randi can contribute in so many ways with her leadership, rebounding, passing the ball and running the floor. I knew that she would make the All-State team.”

Because she transferred from Franklin High School, McDaniel had to sit out a full year before playing. That time included the first half of this season.

“That’s incredible,” Jones said of her feat.

In a half season of play, she averaged 11.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 7.4 spg and 12.4 apg.

Jones called McDaniel a great team leader and point guard who also played well defensively.

“I knew once she got comfortable with the team (and developed) chemistry, she would do good things,” he said. “She really ran the point well.”

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