Meet Newsday's 2016 All-Long Island girls basketball team.
Newsday Player of the Year: Kaela Hilaire, Floral Park, 5-3, G, Sr.
With a handle that allowed her to elude defenders and entertain crowds, she led Long Island in scoring at 29.8 points per game, and guided the Knights to a Long Island championship. The University of Albany-bound point guard also averaged 7.8 assists, led Long Island in three-pointers made, and became the 22nd player in Long Island history to reach 2,000 career points.
Suffolk Player of the Year: Jackie DelliSanti, Commack, 5-9, F, Sr.
The do-it-all type of player, with the ability to attack the rim and finish, led the Cougars on a historic two-year run that began last season with the program's first county title. This season, the Dowling-bound forward averaged 17.3 points and grabbed nine rebounds per game while guiding Commack to a second straight Long Island championship.
Danielle Cosgrove, Sachem East, 6-4, C, Soph.
Dominant in the paint on both ends of the court, she averaged 22 points, 12.7 rebounds and 4.7 blocks per game. She helped the eighth-seeded Flaming Arrows upset top-seeded Ward Melville during a surprise run to the county championship game.
Melanie Hingher, Massapequa, 6-0, F, Sr.
Able to create off the dribble, score in the post and hit the outside jumper, she averaged 22.7 points, which led Class AA in Nassau. An all-around talent who also averaged 9.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game, she led Massapequa to the county championship game for the fourth consecutive season.
Aziah Hudson, Baldwin, 5-7, G, Soph.
A dynamic point guard with arguably the quickest first-step in Long Island, she averaged 19.4 points per game for the Bruins. Difficult to contain in transition, she scored a career-high 34 points in the county final to lead Baldwin to a third straight championship.
Jayla Jones-Pack, St. Anthony's, 6-4, F, Sr.
A dominant post presence and rim protector, bound for the University of Central Florida, she averaged 12.3 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 3.4 blocks per game while leading the Friars to a CHSAA state championship. She was named CHSAA player of the year by coaches.
Mikaiya Moore, Copiague, 5-11, F, Sr.
Averaged a Suffolk Class AA-best 25.3 points per game along with 11.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and three blocks per game. A versatile talent with the ability to play inside and out, she finished her career with 1,503 points.
Sarah Mortensen, Long Island Lutheran, 6-1, F, Sr.
The exchange student from Denmark scored in a variety of ways and at an efficient rate. She averaged a team-high 18.9 points per game while shooting over 57 percent from the field. She will play Division I basketball at the University of Miami.
Sanne Van Poelgeest, Islip, 6-1, F, Jr.
With great footwork and quick hands, she averaged 17.7 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 3.2 blocks per game. She thrived under pressure and increased her scoring average to 20.7 per game in the postseason while leading Islip to a long-awaited county championship.
Gabrielle Zaffiro, North Shore, 5-9, G, Soph.
The second-leading scorer on Long Island at 27.2 points per game, she also averaged 7.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists. Zaffiro set her school's single-game scoring record with a 41-point performance, recorded her 1,000th career point, and became North Shore's all-time leading scorer.
Nassau Coach of the Year: Mike Spina
Coach Mike Spina of Floral Park.
Suffolk Coach of the Year: Ken Parham
Coach Ken Parham of St. Anthony's.