By Rob Potter
CALLICOON May 29, 2007 Even though the high school basketball season ended several weeks ago, the Democrat recently contacted all of the local varsity girls’ basketball coaches to ask for their help in selecting a 2006-2007 Sullivan County Democrat all-star team.
The coaches were asked to nominate players from their own team as well as players from the other varsity teams in the county Eldred, Fallsburg, Liberty, Livingston Manor, Monticello, Sullivan West, Tri-Valley as well as The Family School.
The coaches nominated players for Most Valuable Player, first team, second team and third team. Votes were tabulated on a 3-2-1 basis (3 points for a MVP or first-team vote, 2 points for a second-team nomination and 1 point for a third-team nomination).
The coaches also provided statistics such as points per game, rebounds per game, etc.
Ties were broken by the Democrat sports staff.
And the members of the 2006-07 Sullivan County Democrat girls’ basketball all-star team are…
Most Valuable Player
center/ forward, Sullivan West
A sophomore, Houghtaling nearly averaged a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds per game for the Lady Bulldogs this past season.
guard, Livingston Manor
Diescher, an eighth-grader, led the Lady Wildcats in scoring with an average of 11 points per game.
“Marissa showed the leadership qualities of a senior both verbally and by example,” Coach Kevin Clifford said.
James, a senior, led the Lady Bears in scoring (seven points per game) and rebounding (eight per game). She was named the team’s offensive MVP at the T-V winter sports awards ceremony following the season.
forward, Sullivan West
Lander was the top scorer for the Lady Bulldogs, averaging 13.3 points a game. She also grabbed five rebounds per contest.
Jackie Trotti, guard/forward, Livingston Manor
A senior, Trotti averaged six points and five rebounds per game. In the Lady Wildcats’ Class D quarterfinal game versus The Family School, she scored a team-high 20 points.
Coach Clifford noted that Trotti’s “leadership really held this team together.”
Williams, a sophomore, led the Lady Indians’ offense. She averaged 10 points per game.
Berger, a senior, averaged eight points and four assists per game for the Lady Yellowjackets.
The Family School
Fairweather, a senior, led the Lady Falcons’ offense. She almost averaged a double-double (14 points and nine rebounds per game). She also had 3.1 blocked shots per contest.
A freshman, Kennedy was named the Lady Comets’ MVP for the 2006-2007 season at the Fallsburg winter sports awards ceremony.
Palhano, a junior, led the Lady Panthers in several categories this past season. She averaged eight points, 10 rebounds and five steals per game.
Westfall, a junior, averaged a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds a game this season.
“She was an excellent player for us,” Coach Frank Kean said.
Giacalone, a sophomore, averaged nine points per game for the Lady Indians during this season.
Diaz, a senior, averaged seven points a game for the Lady Indians.
A freshman, McNamara was chosen as the Lady Bears’ Most Improved Player this past season.
center, The Family School
Schmieder, a senior, averaged nine points, 11 rebounds and six blocks per game for the Lady Falcons.
Jakki Pugh, guard,
An eighth-grader, Pugh was named the Lady Bears’ Defensive MVP this past season.