The two teams that advanced the farthest in postseason play lead our 2011-2012 girls’ basketball all-star squad.
Unadilla Valley and Norwich claimed exactly half of our 10 all-star spots with Unadilla Valley sporting an area-best three all-stars, while Norwich had two players garner select spots.
Unadilla Valley posted its first winning record in some seven years, and had three of the area’s top six scorers, all of whom are underclassmen. Jordan Anderson, Amanda Off, and Taylor Davis combined to average over 40 points per game this season as UV won 15 games in reaching the Section IV Class C semifinals. Just a season ago, the Storm averaged slightly over 42 points per game – as a team.
Norwich, meanwhile, had a mix of veterans along with youngsters in reaching its second straight Section IV championship game. Bryn Loomis, a returning all-star, justly earned all-Section IV honors, and when matching up against the best players and the best teams, she proved time and again she is among the elite players. Loomis’ teammate, Jenni Borfitz, makes her first all-star appearance, and is among a group of young players that should keep the Tornado competitive for many years to come.
Three of the remaining five all-star spots went to returning players. Bainbridge-Guilford seniors, Randi Conway and Shania Vandermark along with Greene junior Kaitlin Gorton make up the veteran trio, while our two first-time all-stars are Sherburne-Earlville senior Briana Vibbard, and Oxford senior Jacquelyn Heggie.
As always, all-star selections were made based on our season-long observations of local teams in concert with recommendations from area basketball coaches. Players are listed in alphabetical order by team.
Shania Vandermark, sr. Bainbridge-Guilford, 5-foot-9
A four-year player for the Bobcats, the last three as a starter, Vandermark scored 573 points over her final two seasons, and averaged a double-double this past year with 13.8 points and 11.1 rebounds to go with a team-high four steals per contest. She had five 20-point games scoring a high of 29 against Unadilla Valley in the season-opener. Vandermark also posted the best rebounding game of our coverage area pulling down 23 rebounds in a three-point home win over UV in early February. “She was absolutely very athletic and very strong,” said B-G coach Bob Conway. “A big key to her game was rebounding. Kids just couldn’t keep her off the boards.”
Randi Conway, sr., Bainbridge-Guilford, 5-foot-6
The third of the Conway sisters to play for the Bobcats, Conway repeats as a County all-star finishing with a solid 11.5 points per game average to go with a nifty six assists. As Conway went, so went the Bobcats in most instances as she manned the starting point guard position for most of the last four seasons. “She has definitely improved her overall game the past four years,” said coach Bob Conway. “She has always been a good passer, and her scoring improved the past two years.” Randi Conway was in double figures scoring 15 times to lead B-G this season, and scored a season-high 19 points in a victory over Class B Windsor.