Press-Republican

April 15, 2014

Wolf, McGinn lead NBL Div. III girls' basketball all-stars


Press-Republican

— Division III proved to be rather competitive in the girls’ Northern Basketball League for the 2013-14 season.

Both Keene and Minerva/Newcomb finished their season with a 14-4 record overall, however, the Beavers handed the Mountaineers two losses in the division standings.

Keene finished a perfect 12-0 and captured the Division III title.

The all-stars and individual awards were chosen by the NBL coaches.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Amanda Wolf (Crown Point)- Wolf, a senior, helped keep the Panthers hovering around .500 all season long despite not having much depth on their roster.

Wolf finished the year with a 15.2 point-per-game average, which neared the top of the entire NBL. She tallied a season-high 31 points in a midseason loss to Indian Lake/Long Lake.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Bruce McGinn (Minerva/Newcomb)- McGinn helped guide a talented Mountaineer team to a 14-4 overall record, and 10-2 in the Division III schedule.

Minerva/Newcomb knocked off Westport, 60-32, in the Section VII Class D quarterfinals, before falling to eventual champion Moriah, 54-37, in the semifinals.

FIRST TEAM

Shannon Farrell (Indian Lake/Long Lake)- Farrell, a senior, helped lead the Orange to an 11-5 record on the year. She finished the season with an average of 14 points per game.

Farrell was a strong leader for Indian Lake/Long Lake, who could bring the ball up the court, defend well and get into the lane. She also could hit from the outside, connecting on 10 3-pointers this season. Her season-high 24 points came in a midseason win over Crown Point.

Hanna Whitney (Keene)- Whitney, a freshman, led the way offensively for the Beavers with a 14.9 point-per-game average.

Just a freshman, Whitney helped lead Keene to an undefeated Division III record and title. She proved to be a strong shooter on the outside, connecting on 27 3-pointers on the year.

Tucker Geiger (Keene)- Geiger, a senior, was a tough player on the inside for the Beavers this season. She averaged 11.1 points per game and was also a force on the boards.

Geiger connected on a season-high 17 points twice this season, once in a victory over Wells and again in the Section VII Class D semifinals against Elizabethtown-Lewis.

Makenzie Winslow (Minerva/Newcomb)- Winslow, a junior, used her lightning quick speed to be both a facilitator and finisher for the Mountaineers this season. She finished the year with an average of 11.9 points per game.

Winslow also featured a strong outside stroke, connecting on 24 3-pointers. She connected on a season-high 18 points in the first game of the season, a 64-23 win over Lake Placid.

Astasia Myler (Minerva/Newcomb)- Myler, a junior, really came on strong late for the Mountaineers. She finished in double digits in her final nine games of the season.

Myler averaged a team-high 13.4 points per game and had a season-high 26 points in a 57-53 stunning victory over Class C runner-up Seton Catholic.

SECOND TEAM

Gabrielle McNally (Minerva/Newcomb)- McNally, a senior, just finished outside of averaging double digits on the season with an average of 9.9 points per game.

McNally was a superb all-around player for McGinn’s squad, proving to be a force on both the offensive and defensive side of the basketball.

Naomi Peduzzi (Keene)- Peduzzi, a junior, was a great 1-2 punch with Geiger on the inside for the Beavers. Her height was difficult for many of the Division III teams to stop.

Peduzzi was strong on the glass and also averaged 12.5 points per game on the season. She had a season-high 23 points in a victory over Wells near the end of the year.

Julianna Finnerty (Schroon Lake)- Finnerty was a huge positive for the Wildcats this season. She finished the year with an 11.8 point-per-game average.

She was also one of the area’s top 3-point shooters, connecting on 31 during the season. She tallied a season-high 22 points in a loss to Keene midway through the season. She hit double figures in 10 games on the year.

Elaina Smith (Keene)- Smith, a freshman, was the fourth player on the Beavers to finish the year averaging double figures. She had a season average of 10.3 points per game.

Smith is also the second freshman from Keene on the list, joining Whitney, giving the Beavers a strong nucleus for years to come. She had a season-high 18 points twice on the year, both in wins over Crown Point — the second coming in the Section VII Class D playoffs.

Ranya Hamdan (Indian Lake/Long Lake)- Hamdan, a senior, was a solid contributor in all aspects for the Orange this season.

She helped lead the team to an 11-5 record and had a season-high 12 points in a win over Lake Placid toward the end of the year.

2013-14

Northern Basketball League

Div. III All-Stars

First-Team

Shannon Farrell (Indian Lake/Long Lake), Hanna Whitney (Keene), Tucker Geiger (Keene), Makenzie Winslow (Minerva/Newcomb), Astasia Myler (Minerva/Newcomb).

Second-Team

Gabrielle McNally (Minerva/Newcomb), Naomi Peduzzi (Keene), Julianna Finnerty (Schroon Lake), Elaina Smith (Keene), Ranya Hamdan (Indian Lake/Long Lake).

Honorable Mentions

Brittany Foote (Crown Point), Lily Dechene (Indian Lake/Long Lake), Makayla Denno (Johnsburg), Taylor Geiger (Keene), Maddy Miller (Minerva/Newcomb), Molly Wisser (Schroon Lake), Kaeli Brenan (Wells).

Most Valuable Player: Amanda Wolf (Crown Point).

Coach of the Year: Bruce McGinn (Minerva/Newcomb).

Ray Holmes Sportsmanship Award: Schroon Lake.