Share this article

print logo

Cardinal O'Hara has two players in top 15

>Second Team

Aaron Shabazz

Cardinal O'Hara: 5-9 senior forward PPG: 15.4 Reb: 10.5 Steals: 3.5

Named to the Federation's Class B alltournament team after recording a double-double against Irvington. Co- MVP of the Monsignor Martin South division. Ends her career with 1,061 points. Shabazz can shoot the three, put the ball on the floor and post up and she's strong enough to bang with the 6-footers.

Cassie Oursler

Grand Island: 6-4 junior center PPG: 16.0 Reb: 8.0 Blocks: 3.0

True post player who connected for 28 points in season-ending loss to eventual Class A state champion East of Rochester. Also had 31-point game against Holy Angels. Played better with her back to the basket this year. Scored many points in transition as she was able to take passes from Kallie Banker and finish.

Jontay Walton

Holy Angels: 5-6 sophomore guard PPG: 19.0 Reb: 5.8 Steals: 6.0

Slasher-type explosive player named MVP of the Msgr. Martin North division. Led Angels to the league's regular-season title. Scored 494 points as the Angels finished 21-5. She had 31 points against Grand Island, including all 16 of her team's points in the fourth quarter. Scored 29 and 21 points in both wins over Sacred Heart.

Samantha Wozniak

Lancaster: 5-6 senior guard PPG: 12.5 Steals: 2.5 Assts.: 2.9

Finishes her four-year career as the Redskins' all-time leading scorer (973 points), as well as the school record holder for most three-pointers in a season (46) and career (124). Created plenty of scoring opportunities for post players Katie Healy and Sarah Saba. "She's a very smart, very instinctive player. She has terrific ball skills," said coach Karen Catalano.

La'TriceHall

Sacred Heart: 5-10 junior guard PPG: 12.0 Reb: 10.0 Steals: 3.0

Her 15 points led the Sharks to their third consecutive Monsignor Martin playoff title. She was named the MVP of the Orchard Park Tourney. Against Section V Aquinas, she connected for 19 points and 20 rebounds. Hall grabbed 15 rebounds in a loss to Cardinal Spellman in the Catholic state semifinals as her team finished 20-6.

***

>Third Team

Leah McDonell

Cardinal O'Hara: 5-5 junior guard PPG: 13.9 Steals: 4.3 Assts.: 2.5

Co-MVP of the Monsignor Martin South division. Enters senior year with 1,210 points. Shot 71 percent from the line. Non-stop motor allowed her to can 39 three-pointers, including three against Irvington in the Federation semifinals to go with 19 points. Her nice touch from the outside and ability to go to the basket accounted for her 375 points.

Taylor Heinhold

Immaculata: 5-10 junior guard PPG: 20.4 Reb: 10.3 Steals: 2.9

She scored 468 points and enters her senior season 167 points shy of 1,000. She scored 20 and 22 points in games against No. 1 small school Cardinal O'Hara. She had 30-point games against Holland and Hamburg. Despite constant double teams, she remained the Bears' go-to player at crucial times in games and had 43 assists.

Nicole Greene

Jamestown: 5-10 senior forward PPG: 14.9 Reb: 12.7 Blocks: 1.9

The only senior on the roster, Greene had to lead by example on and off the court. The Red Raiders came up short to Lancaster and Lockport, but otherwise, put up big numbers against most other teams. Defensively, she could guard any player on the floor. Carries a 93 average. MVP of the Chautauqua County Senior game, scoring 20 points.

Kylie Reinholz

Nichols: 5-8 senior guard PPG: 21.0 Assts.: 5.0 Steals: 4.0

Asked to do a lot for the Vikings, Reinholz delivered in what coach Bob Torgalski described as "a banner year." Among her 468 points was 31 against Cardinal O'Hara, 30 against Roy-Hart and 25 against Sacred Heart. Four year starter ends her career as the program's fifth-leading scorer with 1,193 points. Will continue her career at Buffalo State.

JennieThies

Southwestern: 6-0 senior forward PPG: 23.5 Reb: 12.6 Assists: 3.0

Signed partial scholarship with Gannon. Ends her three-year career as the program's all-time leading scorer with 1,116 points. Led Trojans to a 19-3 record including the Class B-2 title and their first CCAA I crown since 1994. Had 517 points, including a season-high 36 points vs. Gowanda. CCAA I Player of the Year for second year in a row. Two-year captain.

***

>Fourth Team

Mikaela Connelly / Pioneer

Pioneer's surprising march to the Section VI Class A-2 and ECIC III titles were led by Connelly, who was also named the ECIC III-IV Player of the Year. Connelly's 304 points included 43 three-pointers and helped the Panthers finish 16-6. In her four years on the varsity, she helped the Panthers to a 49-1 mark in ECIC III with four trips to the Sectional final, winning twice.

Katie Edbauer / Nardin

A 5-4 guard whose play vaulted her team into the Monsignor Martin Association championship game. Her 14 points spearheaded the upset of No. 1 seed Holy Angels in the semifinals. Edbauer's quickness, hustle and decision-making kept the Gators in every game. Nardin's 16-11 record included two wins over the Angels and a victory over Rochester Mercy. Coach Joe Dougherty said Edbauer's play dictated how the team fared.

Clarisa Matias /HolyAngels

Smooth shooter from the wing who connected for 42 three-pointers on the way to averaging 12.5 ppg. She had 24 points against eventual Section VI Class B champion Olean and had a 14-point first half against O'Hara. Served as team captain. Coach Fran Snyder said she came into her senior year much tougher and stronger and few teams were able to defend the Angels straight up.

Mckenna Maycock / Randolph

Most basketball players consider playing for a state title and scoring 1,000 points as career milestones. Maycock has reached both and she's only a freshman. The Cardinals' leading scorer (21 ppg.) during a 21-4 season, she will enter her sophomore year with 1,036 points. She had 26 points in Randolph's 65-38 win over Little Falls to reach the state's Class C state semifinal game. She combined with her sister, Marah, to make one of the most dangerous scoring combinations in Section VI.

Tori Nappo / Clarence

All-around athlete who had a school record nine three-pointers, scoring a career-high 39 in a win over West Seneca West. Had 43 threes this year to finish her career with 101. She ends her four-year career with 751 points. Nappo has signed a partial athletic scholarship to play softball at Canisius College.

***

>Honorable mention

(Underclassmen indicated by grade after name)

Kierstyn Sturmer (Akron),
Courtney Hewes-9 (Chautauqua Lake),
Dani Reinwald-11 (Clymer),
Taylor Potenza-11 (East Aurora),
Jenna Phillips (Eden), Janae Hamilton-
11 (Ellicottville), Emily Foy (Frewsburg),
Shawna Raymond-11
(Frewsburg), Natalie Galus-11
(Frontier), Alexis Smith (Hamburg),
Candis Kapuscinski (Holland), Brittnee
Perry (Hutch-Tech), KC Sokolski
(Iroquois), Jessica Jolley (Kenmore
West), Sarah Saba-10 (Lancaster),
Melissa Smith-11 (Niagara-Wheatfield),
Jesse Dewaters (Roy-Hart),
Elle Reed-11 (Sherman),
Crystal Marion (St. Mary's School
for the Deaf), Olivia Emerling
(Springville), Tina Partridge
(Tonawanda), Jamie Curry-11 (Wilson).