(Players listed by school)
Dani Conway, sr, Bainbridge-Guilford, 5-foot-11
One of only a handful of Chenango County girls’ basketball players to finish with over 1,500 career points (she totaled 1,514), Conway was a virtual triple-double waiting to happen, and she recorded three of them this season, far and away the best among all local athletes. “She has a lot of ability and the opportunity to play on the next level if she wants to work at it,” said B-G coach Bob Conway. “She pretty much did everything we needed her to do.” Conway scored a career-high 41 points against Harpursville, and led the County in scoring a third straight season averaging 20.5 points per game. She grabbed 10 rebounds and added six assists, and nearly 2 1/2 steals per game. She share MAC Co-MVP honors with Harpursville’s Hannah Kimmel – Conway’s second straight league MVP award. “It’s fair to say she’ll leave a gaping hole in our lineup,” coach Conway said.
Tanya Barnes, so., G-MU, 5-foot-6’
Part of a three sophomore standouts to make our year-end team, Barnes was so well regarded by the Tri-Valley League (mind you, Barnes played on a 3-16 Raiders club) that it named the lefty sharp-shooter a first team all-league player. “That’s a pretty good accomplishment considering our record,” said Raiders coach Jim Johnson. Outside of an eight-point game the second contest of the season (her team finished with just 10 total points that game), Barnes was in double figures every game finishing with a 16.3 points a game average. She had a career-high 28 points against Schenevus, and added 27 points in a win over Worcester. “She’s so darn fast, there were not too many teams who had someone to stay with her,” Johnson said. “We’re looking forward to her coming back the next two years. She’s fun to watch.”
Liz Wentlent, jr., Greene, 5-foot-9
When coaches speak of Wentlent, the word sacrifice enters the conversation. While the fourth-year varsity Greene guard may have sacrificed some shots and points to run the Trojans’ offense, she and her team didn’t sacrifice any wins. “Ever since she started playing, she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make the team successful,” said B-G head coach Bob Conway. “She may take four or five shots a game and gave up individual statistics for the team. That’s the type of kid every coach needs.” An unsung hero, according to Greene coach Dave Gorton, Wentlent led her team in assists, always guarded the opposing team’s best offensive guard, she drew a team-high 13 defensive charges, and was a dead-on free throw shooter. “I don’t know if people realize how great a player Lizzy is,” Gorton said. “She played the point guard because it gave us the best chance to win, and she’s all about winning.”