MONROE, La. (AP) — The newly crowned Miss Louisiana 2014 Lacey Sanchez, a college athlete and competitor at heart, says she's ready for the challenges of representing the state and competing in the Miss America pageant in September.

Sanchez, whose preliminary title was Miss Lafayette, was named the 51st Miss Louisiana during a pageant held in the Monroe Civic Center Jack Howard theater last month.

The News-Star reports no Miss Louisiana has ever been crowned Miss America, but Sanchez's mom said that's just the inspiration her daughter needs.

Paula Sanchez says don't tell her daughter there's something she can't do because that's when she will prove that she can.