Meet the players selected to Newsday's All-Long Island girls basketball team for the 2012-13 season. -- By Stephen Haynes and Ian Cutler
LI PLAYER OF THE YEAR: LAUREN "BOOGIE" BROZOSKI
Long Island Lutheran, Guard, Sophomore
Brozoski epitomized toughness and leadership this season, carrying the Crusaders to the state Federation class A championship. The flashy point guard averaged 19.8 points, six assists and two steals per contest, and was at her best in LuHi’s biggest games. Most notably in a Federation semifinal, Brozoski, while wearing a mask to protect a broken nose, sank two three-pointers with the Crusaders trailing late in the fourth quarter to reach the title game.
SUFFOLK PLAYER OF THE YEAR: REBECCA MUSGROVE
St. Anthony's, Guard, Senior
With her relentless drives to the basket and improved perimeter game, Musgrove averaged 16.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists. She is the Friars' all-time leader in points and assists, but the shooting guard shined brightest in big games and helped revive the Friars' basketball program, leading them to three straight CHSAA titles.
Riverhead, Guard, Senior
With her uncanny ability to drive and pull up for jumpers, Allen became Riverhead's all-time leading scorer en route to leading the Blue Wave to a playoff berth. The five-year starter scored her 1,208th point in a win over Centereach on Jan. 3. She also scored a season-high 36 points in that game. Allen averaged 21.2 points - fourth in Suffolk - and finished her career with 1,448 points.
St. Mary's, Forward, Sophomore
Augustus led St. Mary's with 13.2 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game as the Gaels went 14-0 in league play during the regular season. The 5-11 power forward combines strength in the low post with quickness and a mid-range game, and has the ability to handle the ball and run in transition. Augustus' talent already has made her a highly-coveted recruit.
St. Mary's, Guard, Sophomore
After transferring from Mary Louis Academy in Queens, Bautista immediately helped elevate St. Mary's into title contention. The point guard dazzled with no-look passes, flashy dribbling skills and moves to penetrate almost at will. With her court vision and savvy, she averaged 11 points and led the CHSAA with 6.1 assists and 5.1 steals, and guided the Gaels to the CHSAA Class AA state quarterfinals.
Sachem East, Guard, Junior
The 5-10 point guard averaged 16.8 points and 5.2 assists, combined with dribble penetration and strong defense, in leading Sachem East to its first Long Island Class AA championship since 2010. In the state semifinal, she scored a team-high 19 points in a close loss to eventual state champion Ossining. Doherty, also a field hockey star, has drawn Division I interest for basketball and received all-state honors.
Bellport, Forward/Guard, Sophomore
The 5-10 Guirantes played every position and thrived in every role. A natural shooter from the wing, she was second on the Island with 24.1 points per game in addition to 12.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists. Guirantes had 36 points, 24 rebounds, 7 blocks and 5 assists in a Suffolk Class AA first-round upset of Northport, giving the Clippers their first playoff victory since 2001.
North Babylon, Forward, Junior
Nicholas, a 6-1 forward with post moves and a mid-range jumper, was an all-state selection. She averaged 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds, leading North Babylon to a 17-1 regular season that earned them the No. 1 seed in the Suffolk AA playoffs. She recorded consecutive triple-doubles (averaging 25.5 points, 14.5 rebounds and 11.5 blocks) during the Bulldogs' playoff run to the county final.
Harborfields, Guard, Senior
Ryan led Harborfields to its first Long Island Class A championship since 2007, and she did so while playing a new position. Despite being 5-11 and a natural shooting guard, Ryan willingly shifted to point guard out of necessity and excelled. The all-state selection averaged 15.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists - all team highs - and also led the Tornadoes in steals and blocks.
Hauppauge, Guard, Senior
Williams, once primarily a spot-up shooter, expanded her repertoire and became a dynamic all-around player. An all-state selection, her 25.6 points per game led Long Island, as did her 68 three-pointers. Williams, who is headed to NYIT, scored her 1,000th point this season, had a career-high 43 points on Dec. 28, and averaged 36 points, 13 rebounds and eight steals during Hauppauge's run to the Suffolk AA quarterfinals.
Nassau coach of the year, Massapequa
Suffolk Coach of the Year, Commack
Suffolk Coach of the Year, Commack
Newsday's 2013 All-Long Island girls basketbal team
Front row, from left: Nassau Coach of the Year, Shari Roessler, Massapequa, Rebecca Musgrove, St. Anthony's, Shanice Allen, Riverhead, Arella Guirantes, Bellport, Makeda Nicholas, North Babylon, Mei-Lyn Bautista, St. Mary's.
Back row, from left: Suffolk Coach of the Year, Bruce Haller, Commack, Julie Williams, Hauppauge, Katie Doherty, Sachem East, Suffolk Coach of the Year, Dennis Conroy, Commack, Bridgit Ryan, Harborfields, Boogie Brozoski, Long Island Lutheran, Jordan Augustus, St. Mary's.
Staci Barrett, Long Island Lutheran, F, Sr.; Kelly Bilodeau, Whitman, G, Sr.; Alex Cantwell, North Shore, G, Soph.; Shannon Duer, Islip, C, Sr.; Kathleen Everson, Sachem East, F, Jr.; Paris Hodges, Southampton, G, Sr.; Mikaiya Moore, Copiague, F/G, Fr.; Val Oyakhilome, Lindenhurst, G/F, Sr.; Alison Ricchiuti, Herricks, G, Sr.; Tamara Simpson, Portledge, G, Jr.; Chastity Taylor, St. Anthony’s, F, Jr.; Lauren Van Buren, Massapequa, F, Sr. |