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Richard is 2024 Miss Basketball

By Eric Narcisse

 Written for LSWA


Lafayette Christian’s Jada Richard has won just about every postseason accolade out there. Except Miss Basketball.


Until now.


After a senior season in which she led the Knights to another LHSAA championship, Richard has been selected as the 2024 Louisiana Farm Bureau/Miss Basketball winner by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.


“Jada deserves it,” Knights head girls basketball coach Errol Rogers said. “People don’t see how hard Jada works. Jada practices before school in the morning, then goes to practice after school and after that she goes practice for two more hours with Marcus (Onezime). Her work ethic is incredible.”


Richard, an LSU signee, averaged 23 points, six rebounds and five while LCA to the LHSAA’s Division II select championship, it’s fourth title in a row.


“We have worked really hard as a team,” Richard said. “We showed a lot of grit and no matter what we never gave up.”


The Miss Basketball honor puts a perfect bow on a stellar career for Richard, who claimed multiple most valuable player honors.


“I know that I have accomplished a lot in my four years,” Richard said. “But it really hasn’t sunk in yet for me. I knew those things were possible, but I never thought about accomplishing those things.”


Richard is a four-time first team all-district selection, three-time district MVP, three-time championship game MVP, three-time first team LSWA all-state selection, three-time LSWA all-state MVP and Gatorade Player of the Year.


Richard has also excelled in the classroom with a 4.08 GPA and finishes her career at LCA with 2,886 points.


Rogers said he saw the Richard’s full potential revealed during a holiday tournament at Brusly during her sophomore year. Richard scored a combined 107 points vs. two other state powers -- John Curtis (55) and Southern Lab (52).


“That’s when I knew she was going to be special,” Rogers said. “That’s when I knew she had the potential to be one of the best basketball players to ever come out of Louisiana.”


Despite the success, Richard knows there is still work to be done. Despite it all, “doubters” remain.


“I’m self-motivated and if I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it to the best of my ability,” Richard said. “But I also thrive off of the haters and the naysayers.


“My whole life I’ve been told I’m too short, I’m too small or I’m not strong enough. That chip on my shoulder is what has gotten me where I am. I won’t ever let that fade.”


Rogers knows people doubt whether Richard can excel at the next level due to her size. But he warns, “don’t bet against Jada.”


 “She’s a small package that’s filled with a lot of dynamite,” Rogers said. “Once she learns the system at LSU, a lot of doubters are going to be silenced.”




Louisiana Farm Bureau/Miss Basketball Winners

1996: Judy Clark, Singer

1997: Kisha James, Pineville

1998: Kisha James, Pineville

1999: Ashley Antony, Anacoco

2000: Alana Beard, Southwood-Shreveport

2001: Seimone Augustus, Capitol

2002: Seimone Augustus, Capitol

2003: Katie Antony, Anacoco

2004: Quianna Chaney, Southern Lab

2005: Courtnee Hollins, Fairview

2006: Alexis Rack, Franklin

2007: Tarkeisha Wysinger, Many

2008: Deana Allen, Ellender

2009: Kylie Leonards, Fairview

2010: Theresa Plaisance, Vandebilt Catholic

2011: Tina Roy, Kaplan

2012: Lulu Perry, Benton

2013: La'Dencia Johnson, Rayville

2014: Kalani Brown, Salmen

2015: Kalani Brown, Salmen

2016: Cara Ursin, Destrehan

2017: Cara Ursin, Destrehan

2018: Kourtney Weber, Ursuline

2019: Tiara Young, Walker

2020: JeKaila Jordan, John Curtis

2021: Jeriah Warren, LaGrange

2022: Mikaylah Williams, Parkway

2023: Mikaylah Williams, Parkway

2024: Jada Richard, Lafayette Christian


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