March 23, 2012


Four locals on North elite team

Staff Writer

When the Interscholastic Athletic Conference girls’ basketball coaches got done voting for the league all-stars, four local players were honored as North Division first teamers.
Leading the way was IAC North Small School Division MVP Samantha Courtney from Marathon Central. The senior center helped the Olympians win the division with a 13-3 record, win the IAC Overall Small SchoolcChampionship and finish the season with a 16-4 record. Courtney capped her senior season by passing the 1,000-point mark and finishes with 1,089 career points.
Courtney was joined on the first team by her junior teammate and fellow co-captain Ellena Holl, junior Kylene Hall from Groton, Moravia senior Meghan Ideman, sophomore Sydney Cullen from Southern Cayuga and senior Adrienne Murray of Moravia.
IAC North Small School Division second team all-stars included Groton junior Ruthanne Forehand, Southern Cayuga junior Allie Morrissey, Union Springs freshman Samantha Wallawender, Moravia junior Emily Nemec and Southern Cayuga freshman Adrienne Torea.
Dryden High senior Audrey Ordway was selected to the IAC North Large School Division first-team all-star squad. She was joined by the Lansing trio of senior MVP Colby McCartney, senior Taylor Policay and freshman Shea McCartney, along with Whitney Point senior Bethany Atwood and the Trumansburg senior duo of Ali Grunder and Samantha Park.
Earning North Large School Division second team honors were senior Taylor Hoyt and Katie Holland from Dryden, Whitney Point freshman Brittany Randall, plus the Lansing trio of senior Shanna Shaff, freshman Maura McCartney and senior Carlene Fields.
Marathon coach Mike Reilly, Groton mentor Jen Case and Dryden High coach Jonna Johnson comment on their first-team all-stars:
Reilly on Courtney: Sam is a three-time all-star and a co-captain on our team this season. She is a dominating scorer and defender. Sam has a decent outside shot, but is a very unselfish player who is always looking to get her teammates involved in the scoring. She is very easy to coach and she never complains. We actually wish she would get a little mad on the floor at times, but that is not the kind of person she is.”
Courtney averaged 18 points, 15.1 rebounds and 8.1 blocks per game during the 2011-12 season.
Reilly on Holl: “Ellena is a two-time all-star and a co-captain this season. She is an excellent floor leader and has an above average shot from 3-point range. Ellena drives aggressively to the basket and she is certainly one of the best point guards in the league. Ellena is very coachable and she is always looking to improve. She was the MVP at the Bainbridge Tournament this year.”
Holl averaged 10.9 points and 5.4 assists per game.
Case on Hall: “Kylene is a three-year varsity player and she had some very good games this season. She really worked very hard over the summer to improve her game and that helped make her a much better player. She can shoot and handle the ball well which give her a nice inside and outside game. Kylene is really a great kid.”
Hall averaged 12.5 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots per game during the 2011-12 season.
Johnson on Ordway: “Audrey was the leader of our team as a senior captain. She statistically led the team in rebounding (both offensively and defensively) and blocks. Audrey was a constant scorer, averaging six points per game and her presence on the court will be greatly missed. She will be heading to St. John Fisher next year with hopes of playing basketball for the team there.”


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