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All-Sentinel Team - Girls' Basketball
Cox, Hawk share All-Sentinel Team's Co-Player of the Year honor
By Janet Smeltz, CONTRIBUTING WRITER

.Halifax’s Morgan Cox(left) and Williams Valley’s Rayanne Hawk are the Sentinel’s Girls’ Basketball Co-Players of the Year for the 2014-15 season. (Sentinel file photos)

Halifax senior Morgan Cox and Williams Valley junior Rayanne Hawk, both guards, are the  Sentinel’s Co-Players of the Year in Girls’ Basketball for the 2014-15 season.

Cox and Hawk lead a group of 26 athletes who are part of this year’s All-Sentinel team.

RAYANNE HAWK

If you’ve attended the Lady Vikings games this past season, you would have noticed playmaker Rayanne Hawk setting the table for the Viking’s offensive attack. 

With a passion for the game and a smile as big as Texas, Hawk brings energy and enthusiasm to the team. While having the ability to create her own shot, she also distributes the ball and allows her teammates to shine and flourish.  

‘‘Rayanne is the catalyst of our team and makes our team go,’’ Head Coach Brian Unger said.  ‘‘She is a great ball handler with excellent court vision and coach-like tendencies. We look to Rayanne to run the break and get us into our offensive sets. 

‘‘Her first season at the point, Rayanne has continued to grow each game into one of the premier point guards in the area,’’ he added.

Millersburg Head Coach Bill Lahr called Hawk “a tremendous guard’’ who “makes the Lady Vikings’ motor run.

‘‘She is a fearless driver to the basket and does a great job finding her teammates at the right time,’’ Lahr added.

From her point guard position, Hawk averaged 13.7 points per game, four assists and two steals.

MORGAN COX

The Wildcat senior led her team in points, assists, steals and three-point field goals made, as well as individual games, where she was the leading scorer and had double-figure games, according to Head Coach Dean Kerstetter. 

She set Halifax records in career steals (379); three-point field goals made (101) and games played (105).  She ended her high-school career with 1,043 career points, placing her eighth on the school’s all-time leading girls’ scoring list. 

She was nominated to the Tri-Valley League First Team. In the TVL, she was fourth in scoring, seventh in assists, first in steals, ninth in field goal percentage and tied for fifth in three point field goal percentage, and tied for first in field goals made. 

‘‘Morgan's experience – a three-year starter and four-year letterman – was a key to our successful season,’’ Kerstetter said.

“Morgan had goals coming into the season; her main goal was to become the career steals leader.  She knew she had an outside shot of joining the 1,000-point club. Her determination allowed her to reach these two accomplishments,’’ Kerstetter added. ‘‘Morgan, along with Paige (Miller), were leaders for this year's team.’’

Lahr and UDA Head Coach Rich Hoffman also nominated Cox for Player of the Year.

‘‘Morgan is one of the best pure shooters in the TVAA,’’ Lahr said. ‘‘She always shows great poise which you expect a senior to do.’’

FIRST TEAM

Hannah Nestor, senior guard, Williams Valley. Nestor averaged 10.2 ppg, 2.5 assists, 3.5 steals and a 78-percent foul shooting mark.

‘‘Hannah is a true leader and team captain. She has been very consistent throughout the season, scoring and playing great defense,’’ Unger said. ‘‘Hannah is always given the toughest defensive assignment during the game.  She plays every game like it is her last, and sets an example for the rest of our team. 

‘‘Her leadership and positive attitude that she brings to the program are immeasurable,’’ he added.

Kate Whelski, junior forward, Williams Valley. Whelski averaged 12 ppg and a foul-shot percentage of 70 percent.

‘‘Kate is an offensive weapon that every team would like to have,’’ Unger said. ‘‘Kate runs the floor very well and is an excellent three-point shooter.  Kate has the ability to hit the big shot or take a game over at any moment.’’

Haley Nestor, senior forward, Williams Valley. 7.6 points and 7 rebounds per game.

‘‘Haley is our team leader in rebounds and blocked shots,’’ Unger said. ‘‘A team captain, Haley is a quiet leader who will play any position on the floor and accept any challenge.

‘‘Haley is one of the most unselfish players that I have ever coached,’’ Unger added. ‘‘She always gives 100 percent and does whatever will help our team.’’

Jenna Daniel, junior center, Williams Valley. Daniel averaged 3.5 points and 6 rebounds per game.

‘‘Jenna has progressed each game and has become a dominate player inside for us. Jenna is a very hard worker with an excellent attitude,’’ Unger said.  ‘‘Since starting midway through the season, Jenna has become a very valuable asset to our team both on offense and defense.’’

Joelle Snyder, sophomore guard, Line Mountain. For the 2014-15 season, Snyder averaged 14 points per game and earned 56 steals, 57 rebounds, five blocks, 36 assists and 19 three-pointers. 

‘‘She was able to drive on a lot of teams,’’ said Eagle Head Coach Kam Traugh.

Tori Wolfe, sophomore guard, Line Mountain. Wolfe averaged eight points per game and earned 52 steals, 89 rebounds, 15 blocks, 24 assists and 25 three-pointers during the season.

‘‘She is our best defensive player,’’ Traugh said.

Reagan Newswanger, junior guard, Tri-Valley. Newswanger averaged 13.2 ppg and drained 32 three-pointers during the season. She also averaged 2.4 steals per game and was a Schuylkill League Division II Second Team selection.

Paige Doyle, junior guard, Tri-Valley. Doyle averaged 10.2 points, 2.6 assists and 2.4 steals per game, and was a 69-percent free throw shooter. She was a second-team selection for Schuylkill League Division II and made the All-Defensive Team as well.

Taylor Header, senior forward, Tri-Valley. Header was nominated to the Schuylkill League Division II All-Defensive Team and typically guarded the opponents’ best scorer.

‘‘She was so valuable to the team even though it does not show up in stats." said Bulldogs Head Coach Clark Romberger.

Mariah Armor, sophomore guard, Millersburg. Armor led the Lady Indians with 203 points, including 15 three-pointers. She grabbed 111 rebounds, blocked 43 shots and had 55 steals. 

‘‘Mariah was asked to do a lot with the team this season,’’ Lahr said. ‘‘She proved herself a very versatile player who improved each time she stepped onto the floor.  She is becoming a real leader on and off the floor for the Lady Indians.  Maria is very coachable and works very hard at improving her game.’’

Brooke Shomper, senior guard, Millersburg. ‘‘Brooke was injured in our second scrimmage and lost for over half our season.  But she still scored 99 points, including 13 three-pointers and earned 25 steals,’’ Lahr noted.

‘‘Brooke's leadership for our team was invaluable.  She always provided encouragement to our players and support to a very young team,’’ he added.

‘‘Brooke’s work ethic is always ‘all in.’ One of the characteristics of a great leader is their willingness to be a servant to others; it is not what can I get but what can I give and how I can help. Brooke has these qualities. I look forward to seeing her play at HACC,’’ Lahr added.

Taylor Brown, senior guard, Upper Dauphin Area. Brown was a four-time letter winner and seventh overall on the Trojans’ all-time highest girls' basketball scorers, according to Head Coach Rich Hoffman.  She also was named to the TVL first team in each of her junior and and senior seasons.

Brown is a three-year starter who led the Lady Trojans to two District 3, Class A semifinal games and state-tournament appearances. She averaged 10 points, 2 assists 1.5 steals per game and shot 38 percent from three-point range.

Paige Miller, senior guard, Halifax. Miller led the team in foul shots (54); foul shots attempted (88); and three-point field goal percentage (33.33) and tied for charges taken (5), according to Kerstetter.  She was nominated for the TVL Second Team and tied for 10th in assists and third in three-point field goal percentage. 

‘‘Paige’s best attributes were her determination and hustle to do whatever she needed to do to help the team succeed each game,’’ Kerstetter said. ‘‘Paige did a lot of the little things that did not show up in the box score.  Paige was the player who I usually assigned to the opponent’s best player and she always took it as a challenge.  Paige, along with Morgan, was a leader for this year's team.’’

Brynn Miller, sophomore guard/forward, Halifax. Miller was third in scoring (8.32 points per game) and  in total assists (53) on the 2014-15 Lady Wildcat team.  She had 10 double-figure games and was tied for 11th in scoring and tied for 10th in assists in TVL stats. 

‘‘Brynn provided versatility since she had the ability to play multiple positions on the floor,’’ Kerstetter said. ‘‘I really liked the energy she provided coming off the bench this year. Her  high point of the year was probably hitting the winning shot in the league semifinal against Susquenita.’’

Brianna Turner, sophomore center, Halifax. Turner led the Lady Wildcats in rebounds (242) and blocked shots (60), and was the team’s second-leading scorer (8.86). She had 11 double digit games and led the team in double-double games (6). In the league, Turner was second in rebounds and seventh in blocked shots.

‘‘Brianna gave us a defensive presence on the inside with her rebounding and block shot ability,’’ Kerstetter said. ‘‘There were many games where she changed shots on the defensive end.  Her shot blocking stood out in the post season when she blocked 17 shots in four games, including eight in one game.’’

Kassidy Sorichetti, junior forward, Halifax. Sorichetti was second on the team in rebounds (212) and tied for charges taken (5). In the league, she was eighth in steals, fifth in rebounds and fourth in free throw percentage (80).

‘‘Kassidy provided a steadiness throughout the year. She really worked hard on her defense, so much so that I felt comfortable assigning her the opponent’s second best player,’’ Kerstetter said.

‘‘After watching Kassidy over the summer, I told her at the beginning of the season I had confidence she could lead the team in rebounds,’’ he added. ‘‘She was not far from being the leading rebounder.’’

SECOND TEAM

Alyssa Shadle, junior forward, Williams Valley. Shadle averaged 3.5 points and 2.2 steals per game. 

‘‘Alyssa enters each game for us and provides an instant spark for our team,’’ Unger said. ‘‘Her energy level is off the charts and provides us with another dimension, both offensively and defensively. A very unselfish player, she always tries to make our team stronger when on the floor.’’

Gabby Yerger, junior forward, Line Mountain. Yerger grabbed 169 rebounds and earned 17 blocks during the season.

Caitlin Scott, senior guard, Line Mountain. Scott earned 62 assists and 45 steals during the season.

Kelly Romberger, junior, Tri-Valley. Romberger averaged 5.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. She was the team's leading rebounder (117) and  the third leading scorer while splitting time at her position, according to Head Coach Clark Romberger.

Kelsey Koppenhaver, senior guard, Millersburg. ‘‘Kelsey had 21 assists and 23 steals. As a senior, she provided tremendous leadership for our team,’’ Lahr said. ‘‘To be an example for others to follow is one quality she displayed daily to our team.  She has blossomed and grown as a player and person, and her skills, wisdom and leadership will be missed.’’

Kelsey Hoffman, junior small forward, UDA. Hoffman has won three consecutive letters for her on-court performance.

‘‘She is one of the Lady Trojans’ steadiest performers with some range to her shot,’’ Hoffman said. ‘‘She limits her turnovers and is a fine passer.’’

Hoffman averaged 6 ppg and shot 39 percent from the field and 70 percent from the free throw line.

Autumn Walker, junior power forward, UDA. Also a three-time letter winner, Walker ‘‘is perhaps the Lady Trojans’ most consistent player this past season,’’ Hoffman said.  ‘‘Despite being undersized for a power forward, she always gets the job done.’’

Walker averaged 6 points and four rebounds per game, and shot 59 percent from the field and 67 percent from the foul line.

Laura Sweger, junior center, UDA. ‘‘She is the centerpiece to whatever defense the Lady Trojans play,’’  said Hoffman.  Sweger averaged 6 points, 6.5 rebounds and two blocks per game.

Julia Hoon, center, Halifax. Hoon scored 53 points solely in TVL action, averaging 4.08 ppg and grabbing 37 rebounds. Overall, she scored 100 points and averaged 3.57 points per game while grabbing 77 rebounds,  while shooting 53 percent from the free-throw line and posting three double-figure games.

 


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