Posted: 5:56 pm Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
By Anthony Chiang
Things just keep getting better for Vionise Pierre-Louis.
After winning the Class 2A state title in February and getting voted as the state’s Class 2A Player of the Year earlier this month, the Grandview Prep center was named the 2014 Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Basketball on Wednesday. Pierre-Louis is the third player from Palm Beach County to earn the honor since 1993.
It was a close call, as Pierre-Louis and Miami High junior Beatrice Mompremier each received five first-place votes for Miss Basketball. But Pierre-Louis ended with 126 points to Mompremier’s 120 points to come away with the award.
“It’s pretty shocking,” said Pierre-Louis, who will be presented with the award in a ceremony held at Grandview Prep on April 3. “I really appreciate it because I put in a lot of hard work this year. It goes to show that hard work pays off.”
Pierre-Louis ended her high school with her best season. The Oklahoma signee averaged 23.4 points, 13.8 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game as a senior to lead Grandview Prep to a 25-2 record and its first girls basketball state title in school history.
In the state semifinals, the 6-foot-4 Pierre-Louis recorded 14 points and 11 rebounds and forced Tallahassee-FAMU star center La’Karis Salter to miss 15 of her 19 shots.
However, Pierre-Louis was sidelined with a knee injury early in this year’s state championship game. But she still posted four points, five rebounds and three blocks in one quarter of play before the injury.
“I’m not surprised,” Pride coach Gary Downing said of Wednesday’s news. “Once she stepped on campus, we all knew she had the potential to be very good. We knew that if Vionise continued to work on her craft, she could do something special.”
Pierre-Louis is the first player from Grandview Prep to win the award, and the only other players from Palm Beach County to win it are Danielle McCray from Trinity Christian in 2011 and Erlana Larkins from Benjamin in 2003 and 2004.
“I thought after the state championship game, that would be the last big thing in my high school career,” Pierre-Louis said. “But Miss Florida is a pretty big title. I’m honored.”
About the Author
Anthony Chiang began his writing career in Gainesville at the University of Florida’s student-run newspaper. At The Independent Florida Alligator, he covered the school’s golf, volleyball, baseball, and football teams. The Miami native has also written for the Sun Sentinel and MLB.com, following the Tampa Bay Rays.