April 11, 2013

Lions' Whalen, Orange's Bain lead way for MVAC girls' basketball All-Stars


Editor’s Note: All-Stars were selected by the MVAC coaches.

Elizabethtown-Lewis and Indian Lake/Long Lake were the teams to beat during the 2012-13 Mountain & Valley Athletic Conference girls’ basketball season.

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The Lions went a perfect 15-0 through their MVAC season, while the Orange’s lone loss in conference came against Elizabethtown-Lewis.

Keene was a surprise team in the MVAC South Division this season, while Minerva/Newcomb also proved to be a tough out.

For their outstanding season, one that finished with a Section VII Class D championship, the Lions had five players selected to the selected to the North Division All-Star Team, including Most Valuable Player, Lily Whalen.

Indian Lake/Long Lake, meanwhile, had three players selected to the South Division All-Star Team, which includes Most Valuable Player, Jessica Bain.

Keene also had three players land on the All-Star Team.


Lily Whalen (Elizabethtown-Lewis)- Whalen, a junior, led a strong Elizabethtown-Lewis offense with a 14.8 point-per-game average.

She also connected on 22 3-pointers on the season.

Whalen helped the Lions to a 19-2 record and a Section VII Class D championship with a win over Moriah.


Shonna Brooks (Elizabethtown-Lewis)- Brooks, a junior, was second on the team in scoring as she averaged 12.6 points per game.

She finished in double figures in scoring this season 15 times this season, including a season-high 22 points in a win over Chazy.

Brendee Russell (Westport)- Russell, a junior, led a very young Westport team with an average of 14.2 points per game.

She landed in double figures in all but two of her games on the season, and scored a season-high 23 points in an early-season loss to Keene.

Russell helped the Eagles to an 8-11 record on the season, despite having only one senior on their roster.

Kylee Cassavaugh (Elizabethtown-Lewis)- Cassavaugh, a senior, was the floor general for the Lions this season.

She was a strong defensive player for Elizabethtown-Lewis, and was a great facilitator on offense.

Cassavaugh also was a one-woman fast break with her ability for a steal on one end a layup at the other.

Kearstin Ashline (Elizabethtown-Lewis)- Ashline, a senior, was the third leading scorer on the Lions with an average of 8.2 points per game.

She was also a strong deep threat for the Lions, connecting on 15 3-pointers on the season, including four in a win over Keene.

Ashline led the charge in Elizabethtown-Lewis’ Class D semifinal matchup against Minerva/Newcomb with 21 points.

Lindsay Reynolds (Schroon Lake)- Reynolds, a senior, led the way offensively for Schroon Lake with an 8.5 point-per-game average.

She hit for double figures five times on the season, including an 18-point explosion in a loss to Westport.


Jessica Bain (Indian Lake/Long Lake)- Bain, a senior, was the third leading scorer for Indian Lake/Long Lake on the season with a 7.4 point-per-game average.

Bain’s talent, however, was that she was a great all-around player. She averaged seven rebounds from her guard position, while also dishing out five assists and swiping three steals per game.


Shannon Farrell (Indian Lake/Long Lake)- Farrell, a junior, averaged 10.5 points per game for the Orange, good for second highest on the team.

She connected for double figures 10 times on the season, which includes a season-high 20 points in a Class D quarterfinal victory over Westport.

Farrell helped Indian Lake/Long Lake to 17-2 overall record on the season.

Amanda Wolfe (Crown Point)- Wolfe led the way for the Panthers with a scoring average of 12.4 points per game.

She connected for a season-high 25 points in a win over Johnsburg this season.

Wolfe also was strong on defense, finishing with 54 blocks on the season and averaging nearly 13 rebounds per game.

Gabrielle McNally (Minerva/Newcomb)- McNally led the way for Minerva/Newcomb with a 12.8 point-per-game average and 11 rebounds per game.

She helped the Mountaineers land in the Section VII Class D semifinals, and finished with an 11-7 record.

McNally’s season-high 20 points came in a victory over Wells.

Astasia Myler (Johnsburg)- Myler led Johnsburg with 13.8 points per game this season, while also hauling in seven rebounds per game.

She also played stingy defense, averaging just over six steals per game.

Myler hit for a season-high 25 points in a victory over Crown Point early in the season.

Naomi Peduzzi (Keene)- Peduzzi, a sophomore, led the surprise Beavers in points, rebounds and blocks on the season.

She averaged 10.3 points per game, pulled down over 16 rebounds per game and had a little over four blocks per game.

Peduzzi scored a season-high 21 points in a win over Westport near the beginning of the season.

Mountain & Valley Athletic Conference

North Division All-Stars

First Team

Shonna Brooks, Elizabethtown-Lewis. Brendee Russell, Westport. Kylee Cassavaugh, Elizabethtown-Lewis. Kearstin Ashline, Elizabethtown-Liews. Lindsay Reynolds, Schroon Lake.

Second Team

Kylie Swires, Willsboro. Amanda Mahoney, Willsboro. Renee Marcotte, Willsboro. Jasmin Barnes, Elizabethtown-Lewis. Ashley Gilmore, Chazy.

MVP: Lily Whalen, Elizabethtown-Lewis.

South Division All-Stars

First Team

Shannon Farrell, Indian Lake/Long Lake. Amanda Wolfe, Crown Point. Gabrielle McNally, Minerva/Newcomb. Astasia Myler, Johnsburg. Naomi Peduzzi, Keene.

Second Team

Meg Smith, Indian Lake/Long Lake. Tucker Geiger, Keene. Makenzie Winslow, Minerva/Newcomb. Sadie Holbrook, Keene. Brittany Foote, Crown Point.

MVP: Jessica Bain, Indian Lake/Long Lake.