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April 2, 2014

Ryan, Barnhart pace Div. I girls' basketball all-stars

Section VII basketball had a new format for the 2013-14 season as everyone was combined into one Northern Basketball League.

The NBL’s Division I proved to be extremely competitive this season with five teams finishing over .500 on the year.

Beekmantown captured the division title with a near-perfect 13-1 NBL record — the lone loss coming to Saranac in the final regular season game of the season.

The Chiefs then did it again in the Section VII Class B championship game, knocking off the Eagles to capture the title.

Northern Adirondack, the lone Class C team in Division I, was also crowned sectional champion when it took down Seton Catholic in the Section VII Class C title game. For the Bobcats, it was their first ever sectional title.

The all-star teams and awards were selected by the NBL coaches.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Shannon Ryan (Beekmantown)- Ryan, a junior, led the Northern Basketball League in scoring with a 23.9 point-per-game average. She was nearly unstoppable on the inside for the Eagles, only being held to single digits twice in 20 games on the season.

Ryan was also a force on the boards, and a stopper in the back of the defense. She blocked many shots on the season, and altered even more. Ryan finished the year with 1,663 career points after scoring 477 this season.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Jessica Barnhart (Northern Adirondack)- Barnhart, in her fourth season on the bench, made history for Northern Adirondack this season. The Bobcats finished 8-6 as the lone Class C team in Division I, but held their own, which helped them in the sectional playoffs.

Northern Adirondack finished the year 15-7, captured its first Section VII Class C sectional championship and picked up a state playoff victory over St. Lawrence. Barnhart, since taking over, has helped the Bobcats improve each season.

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