Evening Sun Girls’ Basketball All-Stars listed alphabetically by school name:
Jen Patten, 5-8, sr.
B-G’s third all-time leading girls’ basketball scorer behind Courtney Mattingly and Danielle Baldwin, Patten’s 1,103 points and 17.1 scoring average this season were perhaps offset by her complete game in which she averaged a team-high eight rebounds, 5.3 assists, and nearly four steals per game. More impressively, Patten was a large factor in B-G posting a 38-7 combined record the past two seasons including back-to-back Midstate Athletic Conference titles. “If you look at Jennifer’s statistics, you know she did a little bit of everything,” said B-G coach Bob Conway. “She was our floor leader, one of our top two defensive players, solid on the boards, and she set the tone for the rest of our players. She was always looking to give the ball up – almost too much – but that why this team was a team.”
Mariah Schaeffer, 5-5, jr.
B-G’s second leading scorer this season, Schaeffer, with her 719 career points, is on pace to follow Patten into the 1,000-point club next season if she matches or exceeds this year’s 13.0 scoring average. The junior guard was in double figures 18 times this season, and had her career game against two-time Class C state champion, Elmira Notre Dame, nearly lifting B-G to an upset win with 26 points. “She’s always been one of those kids with the ability to score points, and that Notre Dame game was finally a situation where she could do it in a big game,” said B-G coach Bob Conway. Schaeffer, who plays at shooting guard, led B-G with a 53.3 percent field percentage, and was among the team leaders with 2 1/2 steals per game.
Marcie Day, 5-5, sr.
Day made her statement on the floor night after night on the floor with her defense, and was coach Bob Conway’s easy choice as the team’s most consistent defensive player. Day added offense to her repertoire scoring a career-best 10 points per game, while shooting 51 percent from the field. “I always felt Marcie could score eight to 10 points per game because of her offensive rebounding. This year she hit the elbow shot and was able to dribble penetrate and get the rim.” But of course, Conway banked on Day’s defense, especially a shut-down performance of Elmira Notre Dame’s leading scorer, Mallory Lawes. “She battled through every screen and denied her the basketball,” he said. “She’s very intense and puts a lot of pressure on the offensive player without getting into foul trouble. She doesn’t quit and really is a bulldog.”
Honorable mention: Nicole Conway, sr.; Samantha Spalholz, sr.
Dani Conway, so, 5-11
Just a sophomore, Conway won this year’s local scoring title averaging 17.4 points a game, while finishing in double figures scoring in all 19 games for G-MU this season. She had 20 or more points five times this season reaching a season-high 26 points against Laurens. She also averaged four assists and nearly 10 rebounds a game – both team-highs. Additionally, she was deadly accurate from the foul line attempting 142 shots, while making 110, a better-than 77 percent success rate. “She was a matchup problem for most teams,” said G-MU coach Jim Johnson. “Not too many big girls could handle the ball like her, shoot the ball, and rebound. If they played her with a big girl, she would beat them off the dribble. If they tried a smaller girl, we’d post her up inside. She had the ability to do everything we needed, but she is almost unselfish to a fault – to the point she would pass when we needed her to shoot.”
Jessica Smith, 5-7, sr.
Smith was easily the most versatile and valuable player on the Trojans this season playing every position on the floor at different points of the season. She led her team in scoring, three-pointers (35), rebounds (6.9), assists (3.2), steals (2.9), and was second on the team in blocked shots. She also hit an impressive 42 percent from behind the three-point arc in scoring nearly 13 points a game this season. “She could do anything you wanted and play any role on the floor,” said Greene coach Bill Case. “She was the person that when we needed a lift, she would take over parts of games. She did that time and again throughout the season. Smith scored a season-high 23 points against Sidney, and was in double figures 17 times this season.
Honorable mention: Megan McDermott, so, Liz Wentlent, fr.
Alicia Testani, 5-9, sr.
A four-year starter for Norwich – the last two as point guard – Testani led Norwich (11-10) in scoring, three-pointers, assists, and was second in rebounding averaging nearly five per game. “When you talk about valuable players, it’s that person who when she comes off the floor, it makes the biggest difference as far as how the team plays,” said Norwich coach Bob Branham. “Alicia was that player for us.” Testani was in double figures 16 times this season reaching a season-high 23 points in a playoff victory over Owego. She plans to attend the University of Rochester in the fall. Testani averaged 12.9 points per game this season and finished with 795 career points over her four-year career for the Tornado. “I’ve coached for a long time,” Branham said, “and no boy or girl I have worked with has put more time into the game of basketball than Alicia. She plays 52 weeks a year, and she made herself into a very good player.”
Honorable mention: Kyra Collier, sr., Minda Moore, sr.
Kylie Martin, so., 5-8
No girl in Chenango County averaged more points a game over the second half of the season than Martin, and her 35-point game against Old Forge in mid-January was easily the highest scoring total among area players. She finished with a 16.4 points per game average and nearly 21 per game over the last 10 games to lead OV to a Section III postseason appearance. “She has a good understanding of the game, and inside she’s not big, but she is strong and anticipates well where the ball will be,” said OV coach Kevin Springer. “The biggest difference the second half of the year was that she looked to drive to the basket more. It wasn’t something I told her to do, per se, she accepted that on her own and the other girls realized that.”
Alysa Law, 5-4, sr.
A division all-star and honorable mention selection a year ago, Law finished her fourth year playing for the Blackhawks, and led the team in assists (63), steals (44), and made three-pointers. She also was second on Oxford in scoring and led in minutes played. “She played solid defense for us and hit a lot of big shots for us at different times of the year,” said Oxford coach Brad Aldrich. “She took the point, but had a lot of pressure on both ends of the floor guarding the other team’s best guard most of the time.” Law scored in double figures five times to lead a balanced Oxford club reaching a high of 15 points against Sidney.
Honorable Mention: Julie Davis, sr., Erin Law, jr. Katie Seiler, sr.
Courtney Kurtz, jr., 5-8
Kurtz set Sherburne-Earlville’s single-season mark for points in a campaign scoring 280 and averaging 13.3 points and 6.4 rebounds a game for the Marauders. She was in double figures 15 times reaching a high of 20 against Sauquoit Valley. She added perhaps her most complete game scoring 18 points, grabbing 11 boards and grabbing five steals – again against SV. She also led the Marauders in steals with 55, or 2.6 per game. “She led our team in five different categories, and her work ethic is just tremendous,” said S-E coach Jeff Barry. “She is a leader out there and has that ‘refuse-to-lose’ mentality on the floor. She works on her game all season and continues to improve in all areas.”
Adrienne Cross, sr., 6-1
Cross, in her third season on varsity, had her first injury-free campaign, although she is still recovering from multiple ACL and meniscus surgeries to her knee. She posted numerous double-doubles finishing with a 9.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks per game averages. That she stepped on the floor and performed as well as she did drew admiration from head coach Jeff Barry. “She had three knee operations and didn’t get a chance at all to work on her game the last two seasons in the summers because she was rehabbing,” Barry said. “It was a miracle she was on the floor. I give her so much credit for her determination.” Cross also made good on the offensive end when she was called upon, however, because S-E had so many good outside shooters this season, Cross’ offense wasn’t needed as much. “She was mainly a key to our defense because she allowed our outside people to take chances. When people came to her, she ate them up,” Barry said. “ We got away from getting her the ball on offense and probably should have used her more, but when we did use her, she delivered.”
Honorable mention: Erin Dowdall, sr.; Danielle Green, jr.
Other honorable mention selections
Jessica Winans, fr., Afton; Melissa Oswald, jr., Afton; Theresa Lazarus, sr., Unadilla Valley