PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Christ the King, Senior Forward
The Duke bound forward was an all-around force and unselfish player for the Lady Royals in averaging 24 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4 steals a game. Calhoun earned her first title in her four years on the varsity with 22 points as Christ the King defeated Archbishop Molloy in the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens diocesan championship.
The senior became the sixth player chosen from Christ the King to be awarded the prestigious McDonald’s All-American honors and was also selected as the Gatorade New York Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
“Sierra is going to love Duke,” said Christ the King coach Bob Mackey prior to the start of the season. “She is so relaxed and so comfortable. She is making everyone look good. Instead of her trying to pierce through five people, she’s kicking out the ball.”
Nazareth, Senior Guard
The senior point guard sparked the Lady Kingsmen to 21 wins this season while along the way being honored as a McDonald’s All-American. A four-year varsity player, the South Carolina bound senior showcased explosiveness, energy and leadership in scoring 22 points per game and leading Nazareth to the CHSAA Class AA state final. Cuevas displayed arguably the best individual performance of the NYC girls basketball season by scoring 50 points in Nazareth’s state semifinal win over Christ the King.
Francis Lewis, Sophomore Guard
The young Patriots guard averaged 19 points a game became one of the most clutch players in the PSAL. A top jump shooter, Green sparked a vital 16-2 run late in the fourth quarter as Francis Lewis defeated Bergtraum in the Class ‘AA’ semifinals. The sophomore capped off an outstanding postseason by scoring a team high 21 points in the Patriots 65-58 PSAL championship win over South Shore at the Barclays Center.
Cardinal Spellman, Senior Forward
The versatile Backman did a bit of everything on the floor as the Michigan bound forward averaged almost 24 points a game and grabbed 14 rebounds. winning 25 games, It was a banner season for the 6-foot-1 Backman as the Pilots won 25 games, took home the Archdiocesan AA-A championship and advances to the CHSAA Class A state semifinals. A four-year varsity player, Backman also became the all-time leading scorer in school history in mid-February.
South Shore, Junior Center
Fraser took care of business prior to the start of the season as the 6-foot-3 Lady Vikings committed to play in the Big 10 with Maryland. Then the athletic junior helped to guide her team all the way to the city championship for the second year in a row by averaging 13 points and grabbing near 10 rebounds per game. Fraser dominated in the post in the PSAL ‘AA’ championship despite South Shore falling to Francis Lewis by scoring a game high 26 points and 15 rebounds.
Archbishop Molloy, Senior Forward
Christ the King, Senior Forward
Murry Bergtraum, Junior Guard
Truman, Senior Forward
Curtis, Senior Guard
Aryn McClure, Archbishop Molloy, Junior Forward
Gabby Rubin, Moore Catholic Senior Guard
Simone Hobdy, The Mary Louis Academy, Senior Guard
Corinn Baggs, Staten Island Academy, Sophomore Guard
Kayla Hourany, St. Francis Prep, Senior
Danielle Gibson, Cardinal Spellman, Senior Guard
Amina Markovic, Midwood, Senior Forward
Danielle Patterson, Medgar Evers, Senior Forward
Megan Goldstein, Tottenville, Senior Forward
Chi La Bady, Francis Lewis, Junior Guard
Jennifer Fay, Nazareth, Senior Guard
Kiana Clark, Bishop Loughlin, Junior Guard
Kyla Formey, Midwood, Junior Guard
COACH OF THE YEAR
The Patriots sixth-year head coach did a wonderful job molding a young, yet quick and athletic team to a 20-4 season record and the PSAL Class AA girls championship for the first time since 1979.
Tsai started a small team on the floor for most of the season, but he found a way prior to the start of the PSAL playoffs to incorporate senior 6-foot-1 transfer Chelsea Robinson into the flow of the offense. Francis Lewis bounced back from a 10-point deficit with 3:14 left in regulation to end Murry Bergtraum’s 15-year PSAL title reign. The Patriots shined under the bright lights of the Barclays Center to record a 65-58 title win over South Shore and earn a berth to the New York State Federation Tournament.