Thursday, April 15, 2010

2009-10 All-City girls basketball

Ailayia Demand
School: Watervliet Height: 5-3 Class: Freshman Position: Point Guard
2009-10 Accomplishments: In her second year on the varsity team, Demand carried the load for Watervliet’s offense, leading the team with 10.7 points per game. The Cannoneers finished four games behind first place Holy Names in the Colonial Council standings but rode the postseason wave all the way to the New York State Class B Final Four. Demand was named a third team All-State Class B player by the New York State Sportswriters Association. She was a second team Colonial Council All-Star.
Favorite moment of the season: "It was probably winning the championship because we were expected to win it and be good again."

Ariana Youngs
School: Lansingburgh Height: 5-6 Class: Senior Position: Shooting Guard
2009-10 Accomplishments: Youngs, making her second straight appearance on The Record’s All-City first team, broke the 1,000-point barrier for her career in January. Her older sister, Sheena Harrington, also scored 1,000 career points at Lansingburgh. Youngs averaged 14.1 points per game against double teams nearly every night and guided the Lady Knights to a tie for fourth place in the Colonial Council standings with Cohoes. A member of the Colonial Council’s first team All-Stars this season, Youngs was the league MVP as a junior after the 2008-09 campaign. The Lansingburgh MVP this season, Youngs is an honor roll student who is still undecided on her college choice.
Favorite moment of the season: "Scoring my 1,000th point. Not everybody does it, so I can say I reached it."

Jackie Sorensen
School: Waterford-Halfmoon Height: 5-4 Class: Senior Position: Combo Guard
2009-10 Accomplishments: Sorensen was Section II’s scoring leader – she averaged 21.2 points per game in 2009-10 – and she also kept the Lady Fordians in the thick of the race for first place in the Central Hudson Valley League all season long. Waterford finished 16-3 overall and one game behind Germantown in the CHVL. A prolific scorer, Sorensen holds the Waterford scoring records in basketball and soccer (75 goals, tied for first place with her older sister), where she was the 2009 CHVL MVP. She broke the 1,000-point mark as a junior and finished her career with more points (1,482) than any basketball player – boys or girls – in school history. She was a seventh team Class C All-State selection. Sorensen will play college basketball at SUNY-Plattsburgh.
Favorite moment of the season: "It was beating Heatly at home. We played them the first time and we lost. Then, when we played them at home, we were winning and they came back and we thought we were going to lose, but we ended up winning in overtime."

Bailei Tetrault
School: Cohoes Height: 5-5 Class: Junior Position: Combo Guard
2009-10 Accomplishments: Tetrault may not have led the Tigers in scoring (her 12.0 points per game trailed My’Asia Alston’s 12.4 ppg), but Tetrault remained the focal point of Cohoes’ offense. Continuing a long Cohoes tradition, Tetrault was sharp from behind the three-point arc, making 28 such shots. A talented ball-handler, Tetrault was named a first team Colonial Council All-Star and the Cohoes team MVP. She also plays soccer and softball for the Tigers and it a high honor roll student.
Favorite moment of the season: "My favorite moment was probably when my coach told me I won the Dunkin’ Donuts Athlete of the Week (A NewsChannel 13 segment). It was just an honor that I got picked and I was so surprised. I had no idea about it."

Tierney McGlynn
School: Watervliet Height: 5-5 Class: Senior Position: Guard
2009-10 Accomplishments: Watervliet’s lockdown defender was the heart and soul of a gritty team that once again shut down opposing offenses en route to a fourth consecutive Section II championship. The Cannoneers advanced to the New York State Class B Final Four, losing to Oneonta in the semifinals. McGlynn was a first team Colonial Council All-Star, named team MVP and was named to the Class B All-State seventh team by the New York State Sportswriters Association. The Cannoneers finished the season ranked No. 5 in the Empire State. She is undecided on a college but plans to study nursing.
Favorite moment of the season: "Winning the Class B championship and winning regionals, which we went to two years ago. I wanted to do it my senior year, so becoming regional champions was obviously a big accomplishment."

Maria Foglia
School: Catholic Central Height: 5-8 Class: Senior Position: Guard/forward
2009-10 Accomplishments: The Big 10 Conference’s Most Valuable Player, Foglia guided the Lady Crusaders to a regular season championship for the first time since the 2005-06 season. Foglia made the transition from defensive specialist as a junior to the team’s main offensive weapon as a senior under first-year head coach Audra DiBacco. She was named to the New York State Sportswriters Association’s All-State Class AA 13th team. Foglia will play basketball and study education at Hartwick College. An honor roll student, she was a second team Big 10 soccer player in the fall.
Favorite moment of the season: "Definitely winning the Big 10 championship. At first, with Albany, it was tough, but once we beat Albany and they lost to Amsterdam, we just had to beat Maginn and we did it."

First Team
Player, Yr., School, Pos., Ppg.
Ailayia Demand, Frosh., Watervliet, PG, 10.7
Ariana Youngs, Sr., Lansingburgh, SG, 14.1
Jackie Sorensen, Sr., Waterford, G, 21.2
Tierney McGlynn, Sr., Watervliet, G, 6.2
Bailei Tetrault, Jr., Cohoes, G, 12.0
Maria Foglia, Sr., Catholic Central, G/F, 12.6

Second Team
Player, Yr., School, Pos., Ppg.
My’Asia Alston, Soph., Cohoes, G, 12.4
Exciting young guard was the Tigers’ leading scorer
Alyssa Fane, Sr., Lansingburgh, G, 11.0
‘Burgh sharpshooter also gets it done in the classroom: 2010 Valedictorian
Melissa Heffern, Soph., Heatly, G, 16.4
Tough little player excelled in getting to the foul line
Nae White, Sr., Watervliet, F, 8.3
Defensive specialist in the paint was also a quiet leader for Cannoneers
Taliah Pounds, Jr., Catholic Central, F, 9.3
Proved to be a more than able sidekick to Maria Foglia in the frontcourt
Lashana Tolliver, Frosh., Watervliet, C, 7.3
Started many games on the bench, but was a big-time scorer as a reserve

Third Team
Player, Yr., School, Pos., Ppg.
Stasha Cuzdey, Jr., Heatly, G, 11.3
Cuzdey was an All-Section II Class D Tournament selection this season
Diamond Branch, Sr., Lansingburgh, G, 7.2
Senior provided scoring depth behind Youngs and Fane
Maddie Weaver, Sr., Troy, G/F, 6.0
A bright spot for the Horses, Weaver made 20 three-point buckets
Zysnia Osepa, Sr., Tamarac, F, 12.1
Full of energy, Osepa served as the Bengals’ main offensive weapon
Hannah Kutny, Soph., Catholic Central, F, 7.4
Young forward helped the Crusaders reach the Section II Class AA Final Four
Kate Howe, Jr., Waterford, F, 17.2
When Sorensen wasn’t scoring all the points, Howe was there to pick up the slack

Honorable Mention
Alexi Howland and Mikayla Deguire, Catholic Central Betsy Santoro and Danielle Beauchamp, Cohoes Fatima Johnson, Jenny Porter and Annie Hudson, Emma Willard Adrianna Brown, Heatly Nikki Cavallo and Jenna Erickson, Tamarac Anansa Benbow, Troy High Alisa Walek, Waterford-Halfmoon Kaitlyn Murray, Kristen Skelly and Julie Keegan, Watervliet.

Schools considered for The Record’s All-City teams include: Troy, Lansingburgh, Catholic Central, La Salle, Emma Willard, Waterford-Halfmoon, Cohoes, Heatly, Watervliet and Tamarac.

Members of The Record's 2009-10 All-City girls basketball team pose for a team picture Monday afternoon. Click on the image for a full-size picture.
Front row, from left to right, Maria Foglia, Tierney McGlynn and Ariana Youngs.
Back row, from left to right, Jackie Sorensen, Bailei Tetrault and Ailayia Demand.
(All photos by J.S. Carras - The Record).

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