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Newsday's All-Long Island girls basketball first team 2017

Meet Newsday's All-Long Island girls basketball first team for the 2016-17 winter season.

Newsday Player of the Year: Tori Harris, Half Hollow Hills West, 6-0, F, Sr.

When the Colts needed points, they turned to
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When the Colts needed points, they turned to Harris. An absolute game-changer, Harris averaged 24.3 points and over 14 rebounds per game this season.
Her best performance came in a 90-88 overtime win against Kings Park. The Colts trailed by 26 at one point in the second quarter, but Harris put them on her back, pouring in 42 points and grabbing 28 rebounds in the comeback.
She was stellar in the playoffs, leading the seventh-seeded Colts to a 62-58 win over No. 2 Ward Melville in the Suffolk AA quarterfinals. She had 35 points and 19 rebounds, including two free throws with five seconds remaining to seal the upset.
Signed to play at James Madison, Harris has the handles of a guard but the athleticism of a wing. She can shoot from the perimeter but excels driving to the basket, where few players can match her intensity. Her brother, Tobias Harris, now a Detroit Pistons forward, was Newsday's boys basketball player of the year in 2010.
Harris might not have the look of an elite rebounder, but her athleticism and aggressiveness down low make her a threat on the offensive glass. She's an all-around talent.

Nassau Player of the Year: Gabrielle Zaffiro, North Shore 5-9, G, Jr.

Few players were as valuable to their teams
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Few players were as valuable to their teams this season as Zaffiro was to the Vikings.
Zaffiro led her team to the Nassau A title game. Her performance this winter - including her display in the 50-49 championship game loss to Elmont - was one of dominance. She averaged 28.6 points per game and made a Long Island best 86 three-pointers, crossing the 200-three-pointer plateau.
She also reached the 2,000-point mark. With another year to play on varsity, Zaffiro sits at 2,064 points and has an outside chance of becoming the second player to reach 3,000.
A complete scorer with unlimited range, Zaffiro can take over games once she gets in a groove. There are few players on Long Island more fun to watch.

Jenna Annecchiarico, Baldwin, 5-5, G, Jr.

A lockdown defender and dynamic playmaker who averaged
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A lockdown defender and dynamic playmaker who averaged more than 15 points per game this season.

Danielle Cosgrove, Sachem East, 6-4, C, Jr.

The versatile post presence averaged 17.5 points and
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The versatile post presence averaged 17.5 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Lauren Hansen, Ward Melville, 5-8, G, Soph.

Ball-handling, court vision and three-point shooting make Hansen
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Ball-handling, court vision and three-point shooting make Hansen a star in the backcourt.

Aziah Hudson, Baldwin, 5-6, G, Jr.

Explosive first step and speed in transition make
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Explosive first step and speed in transition make her a weapon on fast-paced offense.

Maia Moffitt, St. Anthony’s, 5-10, G/F, Sr.

A threat in the lane and on the
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A threat in the lane and on the perimeter who averaged about 12 points per game.

Grace Stone, Long Island Lutheran, 5-10, Guard, Jr.

Leader of Crusaders offense who possesses a lethal
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Leader of Crusaders offense who possesses a lethal jump shot and a quick first step.

Celeste Taylor, Long Island Lutheran, 5-10, Guard, Soph.

Potent scorer who averaged over 16 points per
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Potent scorer who averaged over 16 points per game can also dominate a game on defense.

Chanel Taylor, Central Islip, 5-7, G, Sr.

Complete player for the Suffolk AA champions who
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Complete player for the Suffolk AA champions who averaged close to 20 points and four assists.

Nassau Coach of the Year: Tom Catapano, Baldwin

Catapano led the Bruins to a 21-4 record
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Catapano led the Bruins to a 21-4 record and the program's first-ever state championship by defeating four-time defending champion Ossining.

Suffolk Coach of the Year: Paul Venturi, Central Islip

Venturi's Musketeers won 17 straight games including the
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Venturi's Musketeers won 17 straight games including the Suffolk AA title over top-seeded Commack and finished 22-3.

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