Meet the top 50 girls basketball players on Long Island for 2015. (Players are listed in alphabetical order.)
Jenna Annecchiarico, Baldwin, G, Soph.
A tenacious defender, the fourth-year varsity player can also score, evidenced by the 16 points she netted in the Long Island Class AA Championship game last season.
Gabby Aspuru, Sachem East, G, Jr.
As quick as they come with the ball in her hands. Very difficult to contain when driving to the basket, where she is adept at finishing or kicking out to the open teammate. Averaged 12 points, 5.4 rebounds, three assists, and 2.9 steals per game last season.
Kadaja Bailey, St. Mary’s, G, Soph.
The transfer from Long Beach High School averaged 28.6 points per game last season. She attacks the rim and is a threat from the outside, hitting 37 three-pointers last season.
Grace Brady, Glen Cove, F, Jr.
Brady is the top rebounder in school history, according to coach Greg Mayerhofer, and uses her height down low to be a menace to opposing defenders.
Italee Brown-Smikle, Farmingdale, F, Sr.
Playing for Islip last season, Brown-Smikle averaged 16.3 points per game, scoring in a variety of ways. She can beat defenders off the dribble, play with her back to the basket, and hit the outside shot with consistency.
Danielle Cosgrove, Sachem East, F, Soph.
A Division-I recruit with great hands and feet around the rim. Can finish in the post or hit the outside jumper. Averaged 14.3 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 5.3 blocks per game as a freshman. She had 14 double-doubles in 20 games.
Christiana de Borja, Harborfields, G, Sr.
A true point guard who helped guide the Tornadoes to a county championship last season. Very elusive, can dribble in and out of traffic and distribute to the open teammate or pull up and hit the jumper. Also a threat from beyond the arc.
Jackie DelliSanti, Commack, G, Sr.
Versatile player who attacks the basket and also has range. Averaged 17.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game while leading Commack to its first county and Long Island championships last season.
Sam Dunn, Riverhead, F, Sr.
Strong inside with her maneuverability in the post and aggressiveness on the offensive glass. Will draw contact and get to the line, where she is an excellent free throw shooter. Averaged 14.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists per game last season.
Sarah Edmond, St. Anthony’s, G, Sr.
An all-around scorer who can beat defenders in a variety of ways. Can shoot from long range or drive the lane and finish in traffic. Headed to Howard University.
Lames El Gammel, Baldwin, C, Sr.
The two-time All-County player has been on three county championship teams at Baldwin. Her ability to finish inside and her rebounding prowess is key to her team's success.
Alexis Fotopoulos, Hampton Bays, G, Sr.
With near limitless range, and the ability to penetrate into the lane off the dribble, the Adelphi-bound guard recently became the all-time leading scorer at Hampton Bays. Averaged 24.6 points per game last season, including a 50-point performance.
Taylor Goode, St. Anthony’s, G, Sr.
Quick first step allows her to get to the basket and finish. Can knock down the midrange jumper with consistency. Bound for Central Connecticut State University, the point guard averaged 10.2 points and four assists last season.
Gianna Gotti, Oyster Bay, G, Soph.
Gotti can do it all. She is an all-purpose guard who excels at slashing and attacking at the rim. She averaged 20 points per game last season.
Tori Harris, Half Hollow Hills West, G, Jr.
Looking to become the fourth member of the Harris family to make the All-Long Island team, following her sister Tesia, and brothers Terry, and Tobias, who now plays in the NBA for the Orlando Magic. With her ability to handle the ball, attack the rim and finish, she has become one of Long Island's elite scorers. Already has a 44-point, 12-rebound game this season.
Kaia Harrison, Baldwin, G, Fr.
Harrison is only a freshman, but this is her third year on varsity. This will be her first in a starting role, however, as she was a key reserve for Baldwin previously.
Kaela Hilaire, Floral Park, G, Sr.
Hilaire averaged 22.8 points per game for the Knights last season, leading the team in scoring because of her ball-handling and array of moves on the court. Approaching her 2,000th career point.
Melanie Hingher, Massapequa, G/F, Sr.
A match-up nightmare with her ability to score inside, beat a defender off the dribble, and shoot from the perimeter. Averaged 19.7 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game.
Aziah Hudson, Baldwin, G/F, Soph.
The only freshman to be named to an All-Long Island team (second team) last year. She scored 15 points per game last season in helping to lead Baldwin to a county title.
Jayla Jones-Pack, St. Anthony’s, F, Sr.
Quick, agile and active around the rim, the University of Central Florida-bound forward is an inside presence on both ends. Can face-up, post, or stretch defenders to the arc. Averaged 12 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.5 blocks last season.
Maya Joyner, North Babylon, C, Sr.
A strong presence in the post, where she has great footwork and a soft touch. With her height (6-3) and her agility, she is very difficult to box out and keep off the boards. A strong help defender who will erase mistakes with her shot blocking.
Amanda Kelly, St. Dominic, F, Sr.
Kelly is a force on the boards and with the ball. She is expected to be St. Dominic's top scoring option, and she's headed to Southern New Hampshire next year.
Caroline Kiernan, Cold Spring Harbor, C, Sr.
Kiernan is a two-time All-County and All-State player. She will fill the box score, having started her non-league season with big efforts against Whitman (15 points, 13 rebounds, six blocks) and Harborfields (28 points, 16 rebounds, six blocks).
Allie LaMonica, Wheatley, G, Jr.
With her court vision and intelligence on the court, LaMonica is the Wildcats' floor general who controls the pacing and outcome of each possession. She is both a scorer and an unselfish passer.
Gianna Locker, St. John the Baptist, G, Sr.
One of Long Island's best three-point shooters, she averaged 13.6 points per game last season. The point guard can also break her down opponent off the dribble with her change of speed and direction with the ball.
Alexa Mattera, East Islip, G, Sr.
With her speed and athleticism, it is difficult for defenders to keep her in front of them. Last season she led Long Island in free throws made with 133. Averaged 20.8 points, setting an East Islip single-season record high. She also tallied 7.0 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game.
Maia Moffitt, St. Anthony’s, G, Jr.
On a talented and deep Friars team, she may be the best all-around player. The Division I recruit can do a little bit of everything: shoot, rebound, handle, defend. Very athletic and long on the wing.
Kerrin Montgomery, Lynbrook, F/C, Jr.
Montgomery, a double-double machine who is hard to defend on the low block and difficult to keep off the boards, averaged 12 points per game last season. Her best performance came against Valley Stream South when she recorded 21 points and 21 rebounds.
Mikaiya Moore, Copiague, F, Sr.
A stretch-four who can score in a variety of ways: off the dribble, in the paint, or from the perimeter. Recently scored her 1,000th career point despite missing her entire junior season with a torn ACL. Averaged 18.4 points as a sophomore.
Sarah Mortensen, Long Island Lutheran, G/F, Sr.
The dynamic wing player is a first-year transfer from Denmark who is being recruited by Virginia Tech, Boston College and George Washington, according to coach Rich Slater.
Ally Murphy, St. Anthony’s, G, Sr.
A prototypical point guard who can break down pressure defense with her ball handling, create open looks for her teammates with her playmaking ability, and knock down the outside jumper. Also a scrappy player who will fight for loose balls. Bound for Sacred Heart University.
Katie Murphy, Hauppauge, G, Jr.
Excellent handle and very quick off the dribble, can create her own shot and open space for teammates. Will consistently knock down the mid-range jumper, and also has three-point range. A lockdown defender who creates steals and deflections.
Megan Oberg, Islip, F, Sr.
A difficult match-up with her range of maneuvers in the post. At 6-2, she can also handle the ball, shoot from the outside, and defend multiple positions. Averaged 20.3 points, 12.6 rebounds, and 6.8 assists last season at Upper Room Academy.
Morgan Staab, Kellenberg, C, Jr.
Staab, an inside presence in the post and on the boards, was voted an all-league player in her first year on varsity last season, and she's looking to make big strides in her second year. She is one of two starters returning from last season's NSCHSGAA Class A championship team.
Lindsay O’Sullivan, Friends Academy, F, Sr.
O'Sullivan failed to score in double digits just twice last season, finishing with 16.7 points per contest due in large part to her skills near the basket and her ability to knock down the perimeter jumper.
Victoria Pearce, Bay Shore, G, Jr.
A strong ball handler with excellent court vision who can create for herself and for others. A slasher and strong outside shooter, she averaged 22.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.4 steals, and 4.2 assists per game last season.
Alexis Perdue, Lindenhurst, G, Sr.
On pace to become the second all-time leading scorer in the history of Lindenhurst girls basketball. Hard to defend because of her ability to shoot the three and also get to the rim. Among the leaders in free throws made last season with 124.
Sam Schultz, Kings Park, F, Soph.
At 5-11, and with great court vision, she can beat a defender off the dribble or knock down the three. Also a smart defender and quality rebounder. Averaged 12.8 points and 3.7 assists as a freshman last season.
Jenna Siletti, Long Island Lutheran, F/C, Sr.
Siletti is an athletic player who has great hands and runs the floor well. She will attend Sacred Heart next year.
Grace Stone, Long Island Lutheran, G, Soph.
The combo-guard has a good outside shot and will be a regular starter this season for the first time. Coach Rich Slater says she has a fundamentally sound skill set.
Tiffany Slicklein, Kings Park, F, Jr.
A double-double machine who can play inside and out and is strong with the ball. Hard to contain in the paint, she averaged 10.3 points and 13.5 rebounds.
Celeste Taylor, Long Island Lutheran, G, Fr.
Taylor is incredibly athletic, evidenced by her ability to dunk a tennis ball. She uses her explosiveness to slash to the basket and get tough points in the paint.
Jourdin Thomas, South Side, G, Jr.
A great ball-handler, Thomas can be a handful for teams coming up to defend her on the perimeter. She has the quickness and instincts to make a decisive first step and take it to the basket.
Maya Thomas, Freeport, G, Jr.
Thomas is a three-year varsity player who was all-conference last season. With her ability to either distribute or finish, she's looking to lead Freeport to another playoff appearance.
Zhaneia Thybulle, Elmont, G, Soph.
The point guard, with her quick first step and playmaking ability, leads a very young Elmont team as one of the main contributors from last season, being named all-conference.
Alyssa Torres, Long Island Lutheran, G, Sr.
The transfer from Connetquot, with good ball skills and the ability to slash through the lane, will be a key to this season's Crusaders. She has already signed to play with Merrimack College next season.
Taylor Tripptree, Ward Melville, G, Jr.
Well-rounded player who can shoot, handle, rebound, and defend the opposing team's best offensive player. Averaged over 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists per game.
Etalyia Vogt, St. Anthony’s, G, Sr.
A creative distributor who can also break down a defender to find her own shot at any time. Pushes the tempo and reads the defense well. Bound for Towson University, she averaged 10.2 points and five assists last season.
Jasmine White, St. Anthony’s, F, Jr.
A Division I recruit who, at 6-2, has great footwork and hands in the post. A threat on the low block who is very adept at scoring with her back to the basket. Can also face up and shoot from the outside. Rebounds well.
Gabrielle Zaffiro, North Shore, G, Soph.
Zaffiro established herself as one of the best scorers on Long Island, with tremendous shooting range and the ability to penetrate through the defense off the dribble. She scored 21 points in the Long Island Class A championship against Harborfields last season after averaging 18 points per contest during the regular season.