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All-WNY girls second, third & fourth team capsules


Kelsey McCarthy

Cardinal O’Hara: 6-2 senior forward

PPG: 14.1 Reb: 9.3 Blocks: 3.1

Named to the All-tournament team at the Class A Federation tournament, first team Monsignor Martin. Ends her career as a starter with 1,056 points, including 425 this year. “Kelsey is a rare talent,” said coach Dan McDermott. “She has very good feet, good hands and a nice soft touch. She has good low post moves and can knock down shots away from the basket. She’s a complete post player. She moves very well up and down the court.”

Jenna Einink

Chautauqua Lake: 5-11 junior forward

PPG: 20.0 Reb: 13.0 Assists: 6.0

Named MVP of the Class C State Tournament leading the Thunderbirds to the school’s first New York State title in Class C. Broke school record for most points in a season with 486. Has 1,413 points in career and is 24 rebounds shy of 1,000. Was No. 2 in the team in assists, excels out of the high-low game, can come out and hit a three. Coach Eric Schuster said she’s been looked upon for her leadership since ninth grade.

Victoria Pryor

Niagara Falls: 5-3 senior guard

PPG: 19.0 Steals: 6.0 Assists: 5.0

Led Wolverines to their first Niagara Frontier League title in 24 years and a 14-0 record. Had 29 points in playoff win against Lancaster. Second-leading scorer in school history with 1,070 points. “She’s so extremely athletic,” said coach Mike Esposito. “She’s a fantastic on-the-ball defender, she took charges, had six assists a game and formed a great tandem with Toni Polk.” Has visited John Carroll and is considering Daemen and Medaille.

Adila Gathers

Tapestry: 5-10 senior center

PPG: 14.4 Reb: 9.5 Steals: 5.0

Has signed with Division I St. Francis (Pa.). Had 10 blocks in two consecutive playoff games against Silver Creek and Allegany-Limestone. Had a season-high 29 points against Silver Creek, 24 vs. Niagara Falls and games of 20 and 19 vs. Sacred Heart. Led team to 18-4 finish. Four-year starter. Coach Fran Snyder described the left-hander as a good all-around player who could play in the middle, bring the ball up and win her share of rebounding battles.


Olivia Schmidt

Holland: 5-5 sophomore guard

PPG: 26.8 Steals 5.5 Assists: 4.8

ECIC scoring leader and ECIC IV Player of the Year. Led Lady Dutchmen to ECIC IV title at 10-2. Scored 457 points, including 39 points vs. Fredonia, 32 vs. Tonawanda and 31 vs. Immaculata. Surpassed 1,000 career points against Eden. Carries a 97 average. “She’s a dynamic player,” said coach Dan Parker. “She’s as good or better a passer and more willing to pass than she is in scoring. She’s fun to coach and fun to watch.”

Anne Campion

Jamestown: 5-4 junior guard

PPG: 13.2 Assists: 2.3 Steals: 2.0

Had 17 points in handing eventual state champion Chautauqua Lake its only loss of the season. Four-year starter who surpassed 1,000 points. Moved to the point this year where she was given the additional responsibility of calling the plays. Coach Tim Anderson lauded her for the way she drove to the basket in the semifinals against Lockport and against Williamsville North in the final. “She was really in attack mode in those games,” he said.

Nicole Frantz

Nardin: 5-6 senior guard

PPG: 10.0 Reb: 5.0 Assists: 5.0

Led Gators to three wins over defending Monsignor Martin Association champion Sacred Heart, including a game-winner with 3 seconds left in overtime. Named team MVP and team captain last two years. Three-year starter. “She sacrificed for us,” said coach Joe Dougherty. “She played her best in the games.” Planning to attend Clemson University where she will study engineering.

Jacque Law

Pioneer: 5-8 senior guard

PPG: 18.4 Reb: 9.6 Assists: 3.5

Moves up from the fourth team last year. Was team captain and led Panthers in scoring and rebounding. Will play at Fredonia. Scored 912 points in three-year career. “She really did everything for us,” said coach Bill Connelly. “She’s a very strong, athletic girl.” Teams who put her at the line in close games paid the price. She went 15 of 15 in one game. “It just kills a team when she goes down there and keeps knocking them down,” said Connelly.

Sarah Young

Sacred Heart: 6-2 sophomore forward

PPG: 15.0 Reb: 12.5 Blocks: 4.0

Had 16 double-doubles, including a 27-point, 19-rebound performance against Mount Mercy. Carries a 4.0 average taking AP and honors courses. First team all-Catholic. Improved greatly from last year on her strength, speed and confidence. “She’s gotten a lot quicker this year and she’s become very good in the paint,” said assistant coach Debbie Laux.


Jordan Heinold

Immaculata: 5-10 sophomore forward

PPG: 16.8 Reb: 12.3 Steals: 2.4

Carried her team to wins over several ranked small schools including Holland, Christian Central and Fredonia. Was named MVP of the Pioneer Tournament. “She’s a big kid, she can play in the frontcourt and the backcourt,” said coach Andrea Drabik. “She plays well in and around the bucket, but she’s a very strong ball handler, and she can also shoot the three.” Helped bring the ball up after the Bears’ PG was injured.

Colleen Wirth

Iroquois: 5-6 junior guard

PPG: 16.3 Steals: 3.6 Assists: 2.8

Leading scorer in ECIC II. Had 28 each against Pioneer and Immaculata, 24 vs. East Aurora and 33 vs. Cheektowaga. Made eight straight free throws to beat Immaculata in OT. Leading scorer of the Colpoys Tournament and MVP of the Matt Foster Tournament. Four-year starter with 970 career points going into her senior year. Has 47 career three-pointers, is a 75 percent free-throw shooter. Goes to the basket, always guards opponent’s best player.

Daesha Thomas

McKinley: 5-7 senior guard

PPG: 20.0 Reb: 7.0 Assists: 6.0

Named the Canisius Cup Large School Player of the Year. Heading to Medaille. Led the Macks to a 17-3 record. Lost to Williamsville East in Class A-1 semifinal. Scored 412 points, giving her 1,456 in career, ranking her second at McKinley. The Macks went 12-0, extending their league winning streak to 27. “She’s hasn’t had a bad game against anybody,” said Mike Sorrentino. “When we play a tough team, I can count on her points, it’s like a given.”

Shaquana Owens

Tapestry 5-8 junior guard

PPG: 17.2 Reb. 7.5 Assists: 5.5

Pure scorer who also led team in steals. Had 22 points in win over McKinley in the Pastor/Cooper. “Her game is going to the basket and scoring or dumping it off,” said coach Fran Snyder. “She’s just a real strong scorer. People had a tough time with her, she’s fast, quick. She just needs to learn the game a little more. Everyone will know her next year.” Owens had over 50 three-pointers, including four each in all three playoff games.

Ericka Taplin

Will. North: 5-11 sophomore forward

PPG: 14.2 Reb: 10.3 Blocks: 3.0

A raw talent who led the Spartans to the Section VI Class AA title game. Holds school record for most blocks in a season. Is the younger sister of boys Player of the Year Sterling. Had a double-double in North’s 1- and 5-point losses to Jamestown during the regular season. “Being a sophomore you think she would have gone through periods of inconsistence, but she really just kept getting better and that’s a good sign for the future,” said coach Bill Shaw.

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