Lady Wildcats’ Baytop gets All-Parish team MVP
by William McDaniel
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Elaina Baytop is the 2012 All-Parish MVP.

MVP - Elaina Baytop - Abbeville

Coach of the Year: Dean Dronet - Abbeville

First Team

Elaina Baytop - Abbeville - Sr. - 16 ppg, 6.5 rpg

Derrian Nolan - Abbeville - Jr. - 14 ppg, 8 rpg, 6 spg

Ashailee Brailey - VC - Fr. - 13 ppg, 6 rpg, 5 spg, 4 apg

Katie Frith - VC - So. - 15.3 ppg, 11 rpg, 3 spg, 2.5 apg

Kate Faulk - NV - Sr. -

Second Team

Megan Norris - Erath - Sr.; Chelcie Sonnier - NV - Jr.

Dyantae Perkins - Abbeville - Sr.; Kaylen Collins - VC - Fr.

Mikhyla Campbell - VC - Sr.; Brittany LeBeouf - Kaplan - Sr.

Honorable Mention

AHS - Bianca Levy, Jakevia Moore DHS - Keely Broussard, Emily Romero, Nicole Bouillion, Alexa Grossie KHS - Lacey Perro, Hillary Primeaux

EHS - Alexis Harrington, Caitlin Domingues, Ashley Dubois NV - Simone Pillette, Takyra Cooper VC - Mia LeBeouf, Natalie Camel GHS - Anna Lafosse, Kylie Crochet, Tiffany Cady, Sheridan Guidry.

Anyone who has ever been the new kid in school will understand the sensation of standing out.

However, when you bring a dominant skill set to the basketball court to a school that has already seen much success in the sport, you will quickly attract the right kind of attention, which is just what Abbeville’s Elaina Baytop, the 2012 All-Parish MVP, did for the Lady Wildcats.

In her lone year at Abbeville High, Baytop helped lead the Lady Wildcats through a roller-coaster season and into the LHSAA playoffs as the number-nine seed in Class 3A. AHS would make it to the quarterfinal round, the second-highest seeded team to get to that level, before losing a hard-fought battle to eventual state champthe Lady Wildcats push Loyola Prep to the brink in that game. She said she does not have any real regrets.

“The only thing is, I wish my ankle wasn’t so bad for the last game,” she said. “I felt like I could have given a little more.”

Lady Wildcats head coach Dean Dronet said that sentiment is typical of his senior leader.

“I don’t know if even the girls realize how close we were to winning that game,” he said. “We were right there in it... Had we made a bucket down the stretch it would’ve been anybody’s game. It just unfortunate she went down at the end.”

Dronet said the only thing he would change, in hindsight, would be to get Baytop in Abbeville a year earlier.

“She was kind of like an outsider coming in,” said Dronet. “We worked hard throughout the summer and she kind of showed up in the beginning of the summer. But, in her defense, she did a really good job of fitting in.

“That can take a long time. You have your team established and here comes an outsider trying to feel her way around and not step on anybody’s toes... I think she did a good job of fitting in and finding her role on the team, though.”

Baytop averaged 16 points and 6.5 rebounds per game to garner 9-3A All-District MVP status, as well as All-State honorable mention.

She is looking at the possibility of playing basketball at the collegiate level. She has offers from Louisiana College in Pineville and SWCC in Dallas. She said she is leaning toward Louisiana College.

“I want to stay a little closer to home, now,” she said of her adoptive home town of Abbeville. “I want to stay close to home so people can come and see me play and I want to be able to come back and visit.”

She will major in the medical field.

Dronet said he thinks Baytop will do fine at the next level.

“I think she has the ability,” he said. “You’ve got to raise your game at that level. It all depends on how much she would want it... She’s definitely got the talent.”

Baytop said she could not have achieved what she has in basketball without help.

“I want to thank my my mom (Roshonda Baytop, of Abbeville) and my cousin, Leon Monroe, for starting me out in basketball,” she said. “And, I want to thank Ms. Anita Levy and Mr. Donald Ray for supporting me this year. It really means a lot to me. And, I want to thank my team and my coach for being there for me.”

Dronet, a first-year head coach at AHS, kept his team together through a tumultuous season. The Lady Wildcats were within minutes of an upset of the number one team in 3A. His composure at the helm and his skill at putting together the puzzle of a basketball team as it dealt with personnel issues and injury earned him All-Parish coach of the year honors.

The other members of the All-Parish first team are AHS’ Derrian Nolan, VC’s Ashailee Brailey and Katie Frith and NV’s Kate Faulk.

Nolan provided quite a spark for the Lady Wildcats, averaging 14 points, eight rebounds and six rebounds per game.

The combo of Brailey and Frith were at times unstoppable this year, helping to lead their team to the quarterfinals in Class 1A. Frith averaged 15.3 points, 11 rebounds and three steals per game. Brailey, just a freshman, contributed 13 points, six rebounds, five steals and four assists.

Faulk also helped propel her team to the LHSAA playoffs this year. She averaged 9.8 points, 14.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 4.3 blocks per game.ion Loyola Prep.

Baytop played through injuries to help
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