The Daily Star’s sports department announces its 2019-20 girls basketball all-area team.

The team consists of Player of the Year Kayla Campbell of Franklin, along with 24 other athletes in the coverage area that earned first-team recognition from their respective leagues.

SOUTHERN TIER ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Anika Buzzy

Junior, Oneonta

Other honors: All-Southern Tier Athletic Conference, BCANY All-Section IV Second Team.

Statistics: 9.9 points per game, 11.2 rebounds per game, 2.8 assists per game, 2.6 steals per game, 1.3 blocks per game.

Coach’s quote: “Anika was probably our most important player this year. There isn’t anything outside of shooting 3-pointers that we don’t ask her to do. She handles the press, handles the ball and she was our best rebounder. And by the end of the year she was a primary scorer for us, her scoring the second half of the year was probably 14 or 15 points per game for us.”

“She is an incredible player and I’ve been doing this for a while now, but of all the post players I’ve coached, she probably has the best footwork.”

- Matt Miller, Oneonta

Ava Eichler

Junior, Oneonta

Other honors: All-Southern Tier Athletic Conference, BCANY All-Section IV First Team.

Statistics: 16.5 points per game, 5.4 rebounds per game, 2.3 steals per game, 1.9 assists per game, 1.3 blocks per game; made 52 3-pointers.

Coach’s quote: “This year, her primary role was to put the ball in the basket, and coming into this year she was primarily a 3-point shooter, but she really opened up her scoring this year.”

“She shoots it as easy as anyone, I think, from our area. We are obviously really proud of her individual accomplishments this year.”

- Matt Miller, Oneonta

CENTER STATE CONFERENCE

Kate Donnelly

Senior, Cooperstown

Other honors: Center State Conference Division III First Team.

Statistics: 10.5 points per game, 2.5 rebounds per game, 1.2 assists per game, 1.4 steals per game.

Coach’s quote: “The thing I was really proud about Kate was last year, she came off the bench and was kind of a sniper, and was a little streaky. She started to really concentrate on a few things in shooting drills last winter and in the summer, and there was fantastic consistency her senior year.”

“When we came out of the middle of the season and got to January, I would say she was carrying us. She’s hypercompetitive, she has the right amount of attitude, I’m just so proud and happy for her. She was just very steady and stood out.”

- Mike Niles, Cooperstown

Piper Seamon

Senior, Cooperstown

Other honors: Center State Conference Division III Most Valuable Player, Center State Conference Division III First Team, All-CNY Small School Honorable Mention.

Statistics: 12.4 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game, 3.4 assists per game, 2.5 steals per game. 

Coach’s quote: “Pipe started her senior season with a lot of weight in terms of scoring 1,000 points and her college decision, which ultimately was Hamilton. And you could see the weight on her in terms of shooting percentage, but the thing that never changed was how she guarded people.”

“The other part that was really important about Pipe, when she was in the game that got her 1,000 points, while we’re counting down the points, she dropped two dimes on fast breaks where only two or three other players even knew the player was open.”

- Mike Niles, Cooperstown

Meagan Schuermann

Freshman, Cooperstown

Other honors: Center State Conference Division III First Team.

Statistics: 8.3 points per game, 10.4 rebounds per game, 3.1 steals per game.

Coach’s quote: “I’m sure there is another living thing that can get to a basketball like her, but I haven’t seen it yet. She’s really locked in, she says a lot of good things in the huddle and to her teammates.”

“She gets this reputation as a mega-athlete, which is correct, but she puts things together season-to-season and in practice. You want to root for her because she is a very unique person off the court and everybody pulls for her. She’s just a neat kid and there is a lot more to her than just being mega-athlete.” 

- Mike Niles, Cooperstown

MIDSTATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Macie Leizear

Senior, Bainbridge-Guilford

Other honors: All-MAC First Team.

Statistics: 17.3 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game.

Coach’s quote: “Macie was our leader, the only returner from last year. She persevered through a tough situation and never gave up, always was there to support her team and give a lending hand when we needed it. She really tried to be the role model for everyone on the basketball team.”

- Bob Conway, Bainbridge-Guilford

Sylvia Liddle

Sophomore, Delhi

Other honors: All-MAC First Team, BCANY All-Section IV Second Team.

Statistics: 9.2 points per game, 7.9 rebounds per game, 4.6 assists per game, 4 blocks per game, 2.7 steals per game; totaled 85 blocks.

Coach’s quote: “Sylvia is an extremely versatile player, she can play any position on the floor. An extremely intelligent player, knows and understands the game very well. Great court awareness and an extremely unselfish player.”

- Todd Bruce, Delhi

Sophia Wakin

Junior, Delhi

Other honors: All-MAC First Team.

Statistics: 10.1 points per game, 6.4 rebounds per game, 2.5 steals per game, 1.1 assists per game.

Coach’s quote: “Sophia plays with a lot of energy. She can guard any position on the floor - her legs and quickness were instrumental in disrupting the other team’s offenses. Offensively, she runs the floor very, very well, and scores a lot of points in transition because of her hustle.”

- Todd Bruce, Delhi

McKenzie Clough

Senior, Walton

Other honors: All-MAC First Team.

Statistics: 15.5 points per game, 13 rebounds per game, 1.5 blocks per game; only Walton athlete to surpass 1,000 varsity points (1,002) and rebounds (1,016).

Coach’s quote: “From the get-go as an eighth-grader, you could see her intensity on the court. She wanted to excel, she worked extremely hard, playing AAU ball and summer ball. As she grew older she became more aware of her role as the leader of the team and it was a great point that she grew into that.”

- Gary Backus, Walton

Morgan Perry

Junior, Unatego

Other honors: All-MAC First Team, BCANY All-Section IV Second Team.

Statistics: 10 points per game, 4.8 rebounds per game, 2.8 steals per game.

Coach’s quote: “She played all three positions for us, and she was our best defender. She really stepped up for us, particularly in the beginning of the year.”

- Bob Zeh, Unatego

DELAWARE LEAGUE

Olivia Brunner

Junior, Downsville

Other honors: All-Delaware League First Team.

Statistics: 21.3 points per game, 11.4 rebounds per game, 4.3 steals per game.

Coach’s quote: “She put in so much work this summer, going from AAU to about every camp she could find. I can say if she wasn’t the best player in the league, she was one of the best in the league. She was just incredible for us.”

“She worked on her perimeter game and ball handling skills a little more, and that allowed her to be a good stretch four for us, and will really help her when she goes on to play college ball. She has an important asset for her character and who she is as a person. She really helped take us a long way this year.”

- Dustin Keesler, Downsville

Kailee Young

Senior, Downsville

Other honors: All-Delaware League First Team.

Statistics: 15.6 points per game, 10.1 rebounds per game, 8.3 assists per game, 5.7 steals per game.

Coach’s quote: “Kailee, since about 10th grade, everybody wanted her to be a post player, but she has been one of the best point guards in the area. In our fast break nobody was better, and there was not a press all year that really bothered her.”

“In terms of leadership and character, she was so important. All the girls looked up to her, girls wanted to be like her, and it just made my job so much easier.”

- Dustin Keesler, Downsville

Sierra Perry

Senior, Gilboa

Other honors: All-Delaware League First Team.

Statistics: 11.8 points per game, 3.2 steals per game, 2.9 assists per game.

Coach’s quote: “She’s been a point guard for me for the past four years. She has great court awareness, great 3-point shooter. Many times teams put a box-and-one on her to keep her from initiating the offense.”

- Melinda Koerner, Gilboa

Peyton Legg

Senior, Hunter-Tannersville

Other honors: All-Delaware League First Team.

Statistics: 10 points per game, 5 rebounds per game, 5 assists per game, 3 steals per game.

Coach’s quote: (See below)

Jayden Lewis

Sophomore, Hunter-Tannersville

Other honors: All-Delaware League First Team.

Statistics: 15 points per game, 7 rebounds per game, 2 assists per game.

Coach’s quote: “Those two (Peyton and Jayden) had complete seasons from start to finish. They showed up every game and were our leaders. Jayden was our offensive leader, and Peyton was our defensive leader.”

- Richard Legg, Hunter-Tannersville

Melanie Hoyt

Junior, Stamford

Other honors: All-Delaware League First Team.

Statistics: 20.7 points per game, 13.7 rebounds per game, 3.1 assists per game, 3.0 blocks per game, 2.5 steals per game.

Coach’s quote: “She’s a coach’s dream player, obviously. She helped us when we needed it bringing the ball up... she was an all-around good team player out there.”

“I think her overall play improved as the year went on. Her scoring average dipped but her overall play and importance to the team improved as the year went on.”

- Lonnie Nickerson, Stamford

Leanna McAuliffe

Junior, Stamford

Other honors: All-Delaware League First Team.

Statistics: 10.3 points per game, 4.2 assists per game, 4.0 rebounds per game, 3.7 steals per game.

Coach’s quote: “She’s the motor that runs the train. Her effort is contagious, when everybody else sees how hard she’s working that motivates them. It’s a nice trait for a player to have.”

- Lonnie Nickerson, Stamford

Azalyn Brunson

Senior, South Kortright

Other honors: All-Delaware League First Team, BCANY All-Section IV Second Team.

Statistics: 12.6 points per game, 10 rebounds per game, 3.1 assists per game, 2.3 steals per game, 2 blocks per game.

Coach's quote (not in print): "Az capped an outstanding career with a stellar senior season. She leaves SK with four straight Delaware League titles and three Section IV titles."

"Azalyn is an unselfish player who plays the game with patience, she makes the right basketball play rather than forcing things. She has the ability to take over a game and this opened up a lot of opportunities for her teammates. Azzy is also a strong rebounder and is dominant in the post. We all are very proud of Azzy's accomplishments and will miss her on and off the court."

- Josh Burroughs, South Kortright

Carli Pardee

Junior, South Kortright

Other honors: All-Delaware League First Team.

Statistics: 11.8 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game, 4.5 steals per game, 2.6 assists per game; made 51 3-pointers.

Coach's quote (not in print): "Carli improved in every statistical category from her sophomore to junior season and played a vital role to our team's success."

"She was our offensive leader and her shooting range is second to none. Carli drained 51 3-point field goals during the season and is the player we looked to get the ball to in late-game situations. She has great instinct and I look forward to seeing what her senior year brings."

- Josh Burroughs, South Kortright

TRI-VALLEY LEAGUE

Madison Bolton

Senior, Edmeston

Other honors: All-Tri-Valley League First Team.

Statistics: 17.7 points per game, 4.3 steals per game, 3.9 rebounds per game, 2.0 assists per game; shot 91% from the foul line.

Coach’s quote: “I think the biggest thing was she was the biggest threat for whoever we played. It’s good to have someone to rely on and put up some offensive points for you. This year we actually had to switch her down low on defense and she came up with a lot of big rebounds.”

- Ken Plows, Edmeston

Anastasia Edwards

Senior, Morris

Other honors: All-Tri-Valley League First Team.

Statistics: 12 points per game, 10.4 rebounds per game; totaled 55 blocks.

Coach’s quote: “Anastasia is a great leader on and off the court. She worked hard this season to develop her moves to the basket with her left hand and to become more aggressive on the boards.”

“Her shot-blocking ability was an asset in the center of our defense. She has been a big asset to our team over the last few seasons and she will be hard to replace.”

- Rhoda Flint, Morris

Delimar Vega-Haley

Junior, Worcester

Other honors: All-Tri-Valley League First Team.

Statistics: 14.8 points per game.

Coach’s quote: “Delimar’s best attribute was probably going from a girl who could score last year to a girl who could lead a team. She became a much more complete player, which has probably helped her scoring average a little.”

“Her growth as a person and her growth as an individual player was probably her biggest step forward.”

- Chris Kaltenbach, Worcester

Marissa Campbell

Sophomore, Franklin

Other honors: All-Tri-Valley League First Team.

Statistics: 10 points per game, 6 rebounds per game, 5 steals per game, 3 assists per game.

Coach’s quote: “Marissa really developed into a very good outside shooter this year, and there were several games where that shooting really came at very important moments.”

“One thing about Marissa’s game that people that see her play notice, she is a very good defender and a very good rebounder. She’s such a benefit for our team on both ends of the court.”

- Mike Dutcher, Franklin

Joleen Lusk

Freshman, Cherry Valley-Springfield

Other honors: All-Tri-Valley League First Team.

Statistics: 12.9 points per game, 10.5 rebounds per game, 3.3 blocks per game.

Coach’s quote: “Joleen is a quiet, respectful, smart and passionate player. She is dedicated to her team and has an incredible work ethic.”

“Joleen is a player who doesn’t cut corners and is always looking to improve her game, often staying after practice to take an extra 100 shots. It is a pleasure working with her and watching her grow.”

- Jennifer Moore, Cherry Valley-Springfield

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