By JOHN LIKANJE
Aaliyah Pennie and Saniaa Wilson both led their respective squads in scoring and averaged a double-double apiece. Pennie sparked Northstar Christian to the No. 2 seed in sectionals. Wilson lifted the Lady Kings to their third straight sectional title.
The senior forward and junior center were named the Players of the Year as announced by the Private/Parochial League.
Wilson averaged 15.6 points, 16.0 boards, 4.6 blocks, 3.8 assists and 1.7 steals to earn Division I honors. The junior center tallied 18 double-doubles this season, her best performance coming on January 25th in a 75-73 win over St. Mary’s (VI) in which she had 34 points and 17 rebounds. Wilson, who has received scholarship offers from Syracuse, Georgetown, West Virginia, Florida, Clemson, St. Bonaventure, Canisius, Buffalo and Old Dominion among others, paced a Lady Kings squad who averaged 61.5 points and held opponents to 47.9 en route to a 20-3 record.
Teammates Marianna Freeman, Kaia Goode, Taylor Norris and Camille Wright joined Wilson on the Private/Parochial All-League Team. Norris was second on the Lady Kings in scoring with 14.7 points while Freeman finished right behind her at 14.1. Norris corralled 12.9 boards and swiped 2.9 steals as well. Freeman added 3.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals. Wright averaged 9.8 points, 5.7 boards, 3.7 assists and 2.7 steals. Goode chipped in 7.4 points, 6.0 assists, 4.5 steals and 2.6 rebounds.
Our Lady of Mercy’s leading scorers, Emily Tabone and Katie Whitaker, earned Division I First Team honors. Tabone paced the Monarchs with 11.8 points per game and Whitaker contributed 9.3.
Chanel Alexander rounded out the Division I First Team for Aquinas. The junior guard netted 23.0 points, swiped 3.6 steals and collected 3.2 rebounds per game. Alexander paced an Aquinas squad which finished with a 17-5 record as well.
Karli Harnischfeger and Caroline Murphy made the Division I Second Team for Our Lady of Mercy. Harnischfeger chipped in 7.4 points per game while Murphy added 5.6.
Julie Sonricker rounded out the Division I Second Team for Aquinas. The junior guard averaged 8.7 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals.
Pennie led the Lady Knights with 13.0 points, 14.7 boards, 2.4 blocks and 1.6 steals to earn Division II Player of the Year honors. The senior forward notched 13 double-doubles, her best performance coming on January 16th in a 55-37 win over Rochester Prep in which she had 22 points and 12 rebounds. Pennie paced a Northstar squad which averaged 50.1 points and held opponents to 33.1 en route to an 18-3 record.
Teammate Mikaela Brown joined Pennie on the Division II All-League Team. The senior guard scored 9.7 points and swiped 4.5 steals.
Majesty Levert and Crystal Rosado made the Division II First Team for Eugenio Maria. Levert led the Lady Hornets with a double-double of 16.0 points and 12.5 boards. The senior center swiped 1.9 steals as well. Rosado averaged 12.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game.
Jahniya Johnson (Charles G. Finney) and Terran Stinson (Rochester Academy) rounded out the list for the Division II First Team. Johnson paced the Lady Falcons with 20.5 points per game.
Rebecca Tillapaugh and Megan Trezise made the Division II Second Team for Lima Christian. Trezise led the Lady Saints in scoring with 12.1 points per game while Tillapaugh chipped in 8.6.
Sarina Pasquantonio (Charles G. Finney), Chloe Pouthier (Chesterton Academy), Paige Crumity (Rochester Prep) and Shay Edwards (Young Woman’s College Prep) rounded out the list for the Division II Second Team. Pasquantonio netted 14.6 points per game. Edwards led the Lady Griffins in scoring at 9.1 points. Crumity averaged five points per game for a Lady Tigers squad that accrued a 5-1 division record. Pouthier contributed 4.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 steals.