Emerson: 5-3 senior guard
PPG: 24.8 Reb: 9.5 Assists: 6.8
Brannon was the Player of the Year in Buffalo Public Schools (Canisius Cup) this past season. She led her team to a record-breaking 16-5 record, featuring a league championship and the school’s first sectional win in girls basketball in 10 years. Was third in Section VI in scoring with 520 points. “Her leadership has helped establish a foundation for the future captains of our basketball program,” coach Lenny Dowell said.
Hamburg: 5-10 senior guard
PPG: 21.4 Reb: 5.2 Assists: 2.5
Chiacchia can score in any number of ways, as shown by an average that ranked eighth in Section VI. “She is a huge threat from the arc and has the ability to create her own shot from the inside as well,” coach Kelly Owens said. She can post up an opponent as well. Chiacchia qualified for sectionals in tennis and track. She carries a 97 average in her schoolwork, and is undecided on college plans.
Cheektowaga: 5-10 senior forward
PPG: 23.6 Reb: 11.4 Steals: 5.4
Redfern ranks as one of the top scorers in the region (fourth in Section VI). That helped her reach the 1,000 point mark in her three-year career as a varsity player. “Her game against Depew at home was one of the best games I have ever seen from a female,” coach Justin Garbacz said. “She had 46 points including a school record of 19 in the fourth quarter. She also had 22 steals in that game in a comeback win.”
Amherst: 5-9 junior guard
PPG: 19.2 Reb: 4.0 Steals: 2.9
Wanzer is a dynamic guard who had a school-record 39 points against Depew. She already has gone past 1,000 points in her career, and is school’s third all-time leading scorer. “She is a versatile player who primarily played point guard for us but has the ability to post up and was the team leader in three-point shots,” coach Mike Chatelle said. The junior has been a starter since eighth grade.
East Aurora: 6-0 sophomore C/F
PPG: 15.1 Reb: 13.0 Blocks: 4.0
Brinker is headed toward a long, superb career as one of the best centers in Western New York. The sophomore was often double-teamed by opponents, but she responded by averaging a double-double this season. She also developed a mid-range jumper. “Her work ethic and willingness to learn and develop as a player are impressive,” coach Gary Schutrum said.