Green, Paige and Wilson lead Section V performers named to All-State teams

Top (l-r): Taylor Norris, Kiara Anglin, Alahna Paige and Baylee Teal. Bottom (l-r): Shariona Blocker, Lexi Green, Saniaa Wilson and Miriam Ibezim. (Photo contributions: DENNIS JOYCE, RON KALASINKAS and SUE KANE)

By JOHN LIKANJE

Lexi Green was the leading scorer on a Pittsford Mendon squad which won 21 games and its fourth straight sectional title. Saniaa Wilson lifted Bishop Kearney to its third consecutive sectional title.

The pair of juniors earned Large Schools All-State honors as announced by the New York State Sportswriters’ Association on Wednesday.

Wilson averaged 15.6 points, 16.0 boards, 4.6 blocks, 3.8 assists and 1.7 steals to earn Class AA first team 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 which averaged 61.5 points and held opponents to 47.9 en route to a 20-3 record. The 6-foot center was named the Private-Parochial Division I Player of the Year.

Green scored 19.7 points per game and was named to the Class A first team. The junior guard scored 15 or more points in 22 games, including a season-high 35 in an 81-43 sectional quarterfinal win over Honeoye Falls-Lima. She also reached the 1,000-point plateau this season. Green was named the Monroe County Division III Player of the Year.

Wilson’s teammates, Marianna Freeman and Taylor Norris, joined her on the Class AA All-State team. Norris was second on the Lady Kings in scoring with 14.7 points along with 12.9 rebounds and 2.9 steals to earn fifth team honors. Freeman was right behind Norris in scoring at 14.1 points and added 3.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals to be named to the sixth team.

Green’s teammates, Katie Bischoping and Danielle Strauf, joined her on the Class A All-State team. Bischoping averaged 13.5 points to earn a spot on the fourth team. Strauf contributed 9.6 points and was named to the 15th team.

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Penfield’s two leading scorers, Nyara Simmons and Baylee Teal, earned Class AA All-State honors. Simmons led the Lady Patriots with 17.1 points to be named to the fifth team. Teal returned from an ACL injury with 11.3 points in 15 games played to earn eighth team honors. The Fordham University commit scored the 1,000th point of her career in the first game after returning from injury. Simmons and Teal were named the Monroe County Division I co-Players of the Year.

Gates-Chili’s two leading scorers, Paris Anthony and Miriam Ibezim, earned Class AA All-State honors. Ibezim averaged a double-double of 14.7 points and 14.5 boards along with 2.4 steals to earn a spot on the sixth team. Anthony led the Lady Spartans with 16.9 points, three rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.9 steals to be named to the 10th team.

Our Lady of Mercy senior Emily Tabone was named to the Class AA 12th team. The 5-foot-5 guard paced the Monarchs with 11.8 points per game.

School of the Arts senior India Jordan and Victor senior Chloe Whittier rounded out the list of Section V players named to the Class AA All-State team. Both players earned spots on the 13th team. Jordan paced the Lady Silverhawks with 24.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists. Whittier led the Blue Devils in scoring at 12.0 points.

Section V’s leading scorer, Alahna Paige, earned a spot on the Class A first team. The Irondequoit senior netted 658 points (28.6 PPG) and added 4.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.1 steals in 23 games played. Paige was named the Monroe County Division II Player of the Year.

East High’s leading scorers, Shariona Blocker and Makayla McCorker, earned Class A All-State honors. Blocker led the Lady Eagles with 18.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.9 steals to be named to the third team. McCorker averaged a double-double of 12 points and 10.1 boards along with 2.7 assists and 1.9 steals for a spot on the 14th team.

Aquinas junior Chanel Alexander earned Class A seventh team honors. The 5-foot-3 guard netted 23.0 points, swiped 3.6 steals and collected 3.2 rebounds per game. Brighton sophomore Kiara Anglin was named to the Class A ninth team. The 5-foot-9 guard averaged 19 points, six rebounds, three assists, four steals and one block.

Honeoye Falls-Lima sophomore Teagan Kamm rounded out the list of Section V players named to the Class A All-State team. The 6-foot center averaged a double-double of 13.0 points and 13.1 boards per game for a spot on the 11th team.

Jenna LaMere (Wheatland-Chili) and Samantha Lewis (East Rochester) both paced their respective squads to double-digit victories and the sectional quarterfinals. Brynn Walczak (Elba) and Arayana Young (Dansville) both led their respective teams to a 22-2 record, a sectional title and a spot in regionals.

The pair of juniors, senior and sophomore earned Small Schools All-State honors as announced by the New York State Sportswriters’ Association on Wednesday.

Young poured in 376 points (16.4 PPG), corralled 287 rebounds (12.5 RPG), swatted 78 shots (3.4 BPG), handed out 50 assists (2.1 APG) and swiped 40 steals (1.7 SPG) to be named to the Class B first team. The junior center paced a Dansville squad which averaged 57.6 points and held opponents to 42.3.

Top (l-r): Danielle Strauf, Chanel Alexander, Makayla McCorker and Chloe Whittier. Bottom (l-r): Nyara Simmons, Teagan Kamm, India Jordan and Katie Bischoping. (Photo credits: DENNIS JOYCE, RON KALASINKAS and SUE KANE)

Dansville claimed the B1 Section V title and defeated B2 champion Penn Yan in the NYS Far West Regional Qualifier. The state was forced to cancel regionals and the remainder of the high school winter sports championships in response to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

LaMere averaged 23.2 points, 9.1 boards and 2.9 blocks to earn Class C second team honors. The senior forward paced Wheatland-Chili to a 16-6 record and the No. 4 seed in Class C2. Lewis was named to the second team as well after recording 19.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.6 assists. The sophomore guard led East Rochester to 12 wins and the No. 7 seed in Class C1.

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Walczak netted 405 points (16.9 points) and played all 24 games to be named to the Class D third team. The junior guard paced an Elba squad which averaged 57.1 points and held opponents to 37.5. Elba claimed the D2 Section V title and defeated D1 champion Pavilion in the NYS Far West Regional Qualifier.

Young’s teammate, Grace Rittenhouse, joined her on the Class B seventh team. Rittenhouse was second on the Lady Mustangs in scoring at 15.6 points along with 3.7 assists, three rebounds and 2.4 assists.

Palmyra-Macedon senior Andra Savage was named to the Class B sixth team. The 5-foot-9 forward averaged a double-double of 17.9 points and 13 boards along with 2.1 assists, 1.6 steals and one block. Midlakes junior Cara Walker earned Class B 10th team honors. The 5-foot-8 guard paced the Lady Screaming Eagles with 17.6 points, 14.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.5 steals.

Livonia freshman Kylie Buckley and Waterloo sophomore Giavanna White-Principio rounded out the list of Section V players named to the Class B All-State team. Buckley led three players in double figures with 20.1 points per game for the Lady Bulldogs. White-Principio contributed 9.9 points for the Lady Indians.

Pembroke junior Serene Calderon earned a spot on the Class C third team. The 5-foot-5 guard scored 13.6 points, collected 6.6 rebounds, swiped 3.9 steals and handed out 3.7 assists.

Canisteo-Greenwood eighth grader Lillian Mullen and Lyons senior Caiden Crego were both named to the Class C fifth team. Mullen led the Lady Redskins with 19.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 2.7 assists. Crego averaged 16.8 points, 4.8 steals, four assists and 2.7 rebounds.

Red Creek junior Isabella Wilbur earned Class C seventh team honors. Wilbur poured in 580 points (25.2 PPG), corralled 185 rebounds (8 RPG) and swiped 128 steals (5.6 SPG). Oakfield-Alabama senior Brianna Smith was named to the Class C eighth team. The 5-foot-10 center led the Lady Hornets with 15.2 points and 10 boards per game.

Keshequa’s leading scorers, Paige Burley and Paige McKerrow, earned All-State honors. Burley led the Lady Indians with 13.1 points to be named to the Class C 10th team. McKerrow finished right behind Burley at 11.6 points and earned a spot on the ninth team.

Canisteo-Greenwood senior Elizabeth Roach and Cuba-Rushford senior Kate Howe were named to the Class C 11th team. Roach chipped in 12.3 points for a Lady Redskins squad that compiled an 18-4 record. Howe paced the Lady Rebels with 20.6 points and 7.9 boards.

Marcus Whitman junior Maddie Ryan and Red Jacket senior Sydney Close rounded out the list of Section V players named to the All-State Class C team. Ryan scored 324 points (14.7 PPG) and grabbed 173 rebounds (7.9 RPG) in 22 games played. Close led the Lady Indians in scoring at 11.8 points.

Pavilion’s leading scorers, Lauren Kingsley and Karlee Zinkievich, earned Class D All-State honors. Kingsley led the Lady Golden Gophers with 16 points per game to be named to the fourth team. Zinkievich contributed 9.9 points to earn a spot on the sixth team.

Prattsburgh/Avoca junior Lucia D’Arpino and Whitesville freshman Vanessa Hall were named to the Class D fifth team. D’Arpino averaged 13.4 points per game. Hall paced the Lady Blue Jays with 21.7 points, 7.9 boards, 3.3 assists, 3.1 steals and 2.3 blocks.

Andover senior Emily Wahl and Fillmore senior Hannah Roeske earned Class D seventh team honors. Wahl was the Lady Panthers’ leading scorer at 17 points per game. Roeske netted 15.6 points.

Arkport/Canaseraga senior Victoria McDaniel rounded out the list of Section V players named to the Class D All-State team. McDaniel was the Lady Wolves’ leading scorer with 383 points (16.7 PPG) scored in 23 games played.

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