The 2018-2019 South Kortright girls basketball team accomplished almost everything it set out to achieve before the season, winning a Delaware League title and a Section IV Class D crown before falling to Edwards-Knox in the state semifinals at Hudson Valley Community College.
Now, in the aftermath of all their team accomplishments, the Rams are busy collecting individual awards, as Jordan Finch was named The Daily Star Player of the Year and head coach Josh Burroughs was named Coach of the Year.
"There are quite a few ingredients (that make this year's team special)," Burroughs said. "One of the main ingredients was the senior leadership we had. Jordan (Finch) and Anna (Reinshagen) were called up to varsity in their eighth-grade seasons. Speaking to them in the offseason this year, the first thing that came out of their mouth was they wanted to make another trip to Hudson Valley. Their drive and determination allowed us to succeed as a team."
The Rams finished the season at 24-1 overall, with the only loss coming to Edwards-Knox after an unbeaten regular season. The Delaware League title was the program's 10th straight, and Finch was named to the All-State Second Team by the New York State Sportswriters Association. Teammate Azalyn Brunson, a junior, got a third team nod and Reinshagen landed on the sixth team.
For the most part, the Rams ran their offense through Finch. The 6-foot-1 senior averaged 14.8 points per game, along with just over nine rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.3 blocks and 2.8 steals while shooting 83 percent from the free-throw line.
She scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a 56-26 win over Stamford in the DL title game, and Burroughs remarked that her leadership qualities and commitment meant just as much to the team as her ability to play at both ends of the floor.
"In her senior season she was vocal and a real floor leader for us," he said of Finch. "She dominated the paint in the Delaware League and was a very unselfish player. She let the game happen and never forced anything."
Some games she scored in the high twenties, then she's in the low teens, but she is doing so much on the floor to impact the game. Her character speaks for itself. She's a coach's dream on the floor."
Finch plans to play for SUNY Cobleskill next season, something Burroughs said he's looking forward to.
"It's great," he said. "Having her local means I'll be able to get up there and watch her play as much as possible."
As for next season, he said he knows the team will feel the loss of both Finch and Reinshagen, but that's something they'll have to overcome.
"There is going to be big hole in the middle on both sides of the floor, we'll need someone to step in and try and take over that role."
The Daily Star All-Star Team for the 2018-2019 high school girls basketball season. The Daily Star sports department selected the 2018-2019 girls basketball Player and Coach of the Year. Area players who earned all-state or first-team all-conference selections from their respective leagues received automatic All-Star honors from The Daily Star.
Player of the Year: Jordan Finch, senior, South Kortright.
Coach of the Year: Josh Burroughs, 24-1, South Kortright.
All-State Class B: Taylor Microni, 11th team, Oneonta.
All-State Class C: Kate Trosset, fourth team, Cooperstown; Abigail Selfridge, fourth team, Bainbridge-Guilford; Anna Post, sixth team, Delhi; Piper Seamon, eighth team, Cooperstown; Meghan Perry, eighth team, Unatego.
All-State Class D: Kayla Campbell, second team, Franklin; Jordan Finch, second team, South Kortright; Azalyn Brunson, third team, South Kortright; Anna Reinshagen, sixth team, South Kortright; Melanie Hoyt, sixth team, Stamford; Justine Lubbers, eighth team, Davenport; Kailee Young, ninth team, Downsville.
GIRLS BASKETBALL ALL-STARS 2018-2019
Center State Conference: Kate Trosset, Cooperstown; Piper Seamon, Cooperstown; Emilie Perez, Cooperstown; Meagan Schuermann, Cooperstown.
Delaware League: Justine Lubbers, Davenport; Kailee Young, Downsville; Peyton Legg, H-T; Jordan Finch, South Kortright; Anna Reinshagen, South Kortright; Madison Hoyt, Stamford; Melanie Hoyt, Stamford.
Midstate Athletic Conference: Abigail Selfridge, Bainbridge-Guilford; Anna Post, Delhi; Laycee Drake, Deposit/Hancock; Olivia Harby, Walton; Meghan Perry, Unatego; Hali Lucia, Unatego; McKenna Sergi, Greene; Emma Smith, Greene; McKenzie Clough, Walton; Macie Leizear, Bainbridge-Guilford.
Southern Tier Athletic Conference: Taylor Microni, Oneonta.
Tri-Valley League: Kendra McGovern, CV-S; Kayla Campbell, Franklin; Marissa Campbell, Franklin; Ashely Wikoff, Laurens; Elizabeth Thompson, Morris; Delimar Vega-Haley, Worcester.