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Newsday's All-Long Island girls basketball team 2015

Meet the athletes who made it onto Newsday's All-Long Island girls basketball team for the 2014-15 winter season.

LAUREN “BOOGIE” BROZOSKI Long Island Player of the
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LAUREN “BOOGIE” BROZOSKI

Long Island Player of the Year

LI Lutheran, 5-5, G, Sr.

Bound for the University of Michigan, she averaged 19.4 points, 7.5 assists and three steals a game. Was named Federation Tournament MVP for the fourth time after scoring 30 points in a semifinal win over Ossining, and tallying 24 points, eight rebounds, and four assists in the championship game. It was her third straight Federation title and fourth in five years. She finished her career with 2,020 points, becoming the 21st player in Long Island girls basketball to eclipse the 2,000-point milestone. Named Long Island Player of the Year for a third-straight season. Named Miss New York State Basketball and Gatorade New York girls basketball Player of the Year.

ARELLA GUIRANTES Suffolk Player of the Year Bellport,
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ARELLA GUIRANTES

Suffolk Player of the Year

Bellport, 6-0, G, Sr.

There were double teams, there were triple teams. But there was no stopping Guirantes. She led Long Island in scoring for the second straight season, averaging 34.8 points per game. Able to create off the dribble and shoot from the outside, she finished her five-year career with 2,251 points, ninth all-time in Long Island girls basketball. The Division I prospect scored a career-high 58 points in a win over Kings Park. An all-around talent who guided Bellport to the playoffs, she also averaged 16.2 rebounds and 4.3 blocks per game.

“One of my goals was to lead New York [in scoring] two straight years and to have a higher scoring average than I had last year,” she said. “With the support of my teammates and coaches, I was able to make that happen.”

JORDAN AGUSTUS St. Mary's, 6-0, F, Sr. Versatile
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JORDAN AGUSTUS

St. Mary's, 6-0, F, Sr.

Versatile and athletic with an inside and outside game, Agustus improved this season as a playmaker and ball-handler. She averaged 14.3 points, 11.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists in leading the Gaels to a second straight CHSAA league title. The three-time All-Long Island selection is headed to St. John’s.

JADE APONTE Baldwin, 5-5. G, Sr. A sharpshooter,
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JADE APONTE

Baldwin, 5-5. G, Sr.

A sharpshooter, she commanded constant attention and helped spread the floor while helping Baldwin capture a second straight Nassau Class AA championship. She averaged 13.2 points, 4.1 assists and 3.5 steals. Aponte’s 43 three-pointers were the second most in Nassau this season, and she holds the Bruins program record with 114 for her career. Scored 15 second-half points to spark Baldwin’s late rally in the county final.

TAYLOR BYRNE LI Lutheran, 6-1, C, Sr. The
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TAYLOR BYRNE

LI Lutheran, 6-1, C, Sr.

The Seton Hall University-bound star closed out her career in style, scoring 15 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in the state Federation Class AA final to help Lutheran capture a third straight title. A high-energy player who is an inside presence and a force defensively, Byrne averaged 9.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.

ALEXANDRA CANTWELL North Shore, 5-9, G, Sr. Her
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ALEXANDRA CANTWELL

North Shore, 5-9, G, Sr.

Her defining career statistic? Nine triple doubles. She is a versatile talent who does it all on the court. A two-time All-Long Island selection headed to Lafayette, she averaged 14.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 6.7 assists, and 4.8 steals while leading North Shore to its first Long Island championship. Scored a season-high 26 points in the state semifinal.

JACKIE DELLISANTI Commack, 5-8, G, Jr. She attacked
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JACKIE DELLISANTI

Commack, 5-8, G, Jr.

She attacked the basket regularly, beating defenders off the dribble and consistently finishing through contact. Dellisanti averaged 17.7 and 8.8 rebounds per game and shot nearly 50 percent from the floor while guiding the Cougars to their first county and Long Island championships. She scored 23 points in the state semifinals.

HEATHER FORSTER Huntington, 6-2, C, Sr. She was
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HEATHER FORSTER

Huntington, 6-2, C, Sr.

She was rim protector and a dominant inside presence for the best defensive team in Suffolk. Forster was an anchor in the paint on both ends -- averaging 13.4 point, 15.1 rebounds and two blocks -- while leading top-seeded Huntington (21-1) to the Suffolk Class AA final. She is headed to Albany.

MELANIE HINGHER Massapequa, 6-2, F, Jr. Her refined
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MELANIE HINGHER

Massapequa, 6-2, F, Jr.

Her refined inside-outside game causes matchup nightmares because of her ability to drive the lane and consistently hit outside jumpers. She averaged 19.7 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks and keyed one of the county’s best defenses. Hingher led the Chiefs to the Nassau Class AA final, where she scored 23 points. Committed to Fairfield for soccer.

BRIANNA JONES North Babylon, 5-9, G, Sr. With
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BRIANNA JONES

North Babylon, 5-9, G, Sr.

With her hard-to-defend pull-up jumper, ball-handling skills and the expanded range on her already lethal three-point shot, Jones averaged a career-best 27.8 points per game (up 10 points from last season). A two-time All-Long Island selection, Jones was one of most coveted recruits in the country and she is headed to Louisville.

DENIS CONROY Commack Suffolk Coach of the Year
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DENIS CONROY

Commack

Suffolk Coach of the Year

Guided the Cougars to their best season in program history, capturing the first county and Long Island championships.

GLENN LAVEY Commack Suffolk Coach of the Year
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GLENN LAVEY

Commack

Suffolk Coach of the Year

Guided the Cougars to their best season in program history, capturing the first county and Long Island championships.

KEITH FREUND North Shore Nassau Coach of the
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KEITH FREUND

North Shore

Nassau Coach of the Year

Won third county title in four years, and led the Vikings to their first Long Island championship.

SECOND TEAM Samantha Auricchio, Garden City, G, Sr.
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SECOND TEAM

Samantha Auricchio, Garden City, G, Sr. (pictured)

Mei-Lyn Bautista, St. Mary's G, Sr.

Alexia Douglas, Brentwood, G, Sr.

Alexis Fotopoulos, Hampton Bays, G, Jr.

Aziah Hudson, Baldwin, G, Fr.

Taylor Goode, St. Anthony's, G, Jr.

Ihnacinse Grady, Copiague, G, Sr.

Kaela Hilaire, Floral Park, G, Jr.

Taylah Hudson, Glen Cove, G, Sr.

Alex Parlato, Wantagh, C, Sr.

Donasja Scott, Harborfields, F, Sr.

Chelsea Schultz, Commack, C, Sr.

Erin Storck, Long Island Lutheran, G/F, Sr.

Etalyia Vogt, St. Anthony’s, G, Jr.

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