PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Nazareth, Sr. Guard/Forward
The lone New York City representative – boy or girl – to compete in the prestigious McDonald’s All-American game, the 5-foot-11 versatile swing made a huge impact in her lone season at Nazareth. The Syracuse-bound transfer from Penn Charter outside of Philadelphia averaged 19 points and 13 rebounds per game. One of her greatest performances came in the New York State CHSAA semifinals when she had 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists against Christ the King in just her second game back from a knee injury. In her final game, Butler had 13 points in a NYS Federation Class AA semifinal loss to Cicero-North Syracuse.
Nazareth, So. Guard
Who is the top sophomore in the city? Cuevas believes she has the moniker and her play backs that up. The lightning-quick guard could score by driving to the basket or pulling up from 3-point range. One of her finest performances came against Moore Catholic in the CHSAA Class AA state final when she scored 19 points in a 68-46 win. She had 19 in a victory against Manasquan, MSG Varsity’s top-ranked team in the tri-state, and dropped 36 on Christ the King on Feb. 4.
Murry Bergtraum, Sr. Guard
In a trying season for Murry Bergtraum, which had to deal with the deal of Tayshana (Chicken) Murphy, Harris was the Lady Blazers’ rock, both on and off the court. The UNC Charlotte-bound guard had to provide leadership for the squad’s inexperienced freshmen and did so by example. Harris averaged 17.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game during the regular season, but she saved her best for last, scoring eight of her 22 points in the fourth quarter to lead Bergtraum to a 14th consecutive PSAL Class AA title at Madison Square Garden.
Christ the King, So. Guard
While her older brother Omar wrapped up his illustrious high school career as Christ the King’s all-time leading scorer, Sierra’s career is just taking shape. Only a sophomore, the 6-foot guard averaged 22 points, seven rebounds and 3.5 steals per game and she’s just scratching the surface of her potential. Calhoun took her game to another level late, helping lead the Royals to their 26th Brooklyn/Queens Division I title in 28 years.
Archbishop Molloy, Jr. Forward
What can Gallagher do on the court? A little bit of everything. The 5-foot-10 heady junior scored and rebounded inside, but was savvy enough to take her defender off the dribble or pull up from 3-point range. Go ahead and foul her because she was almost automatic from the free throw line. She regularly scored in double figures, including 16 points in an upset of St. Anthony’s (LI) in the CHSAA Class AA state quarterfinals. It seemed the only thing that could slow Gallagher down – albeit temporarily – was a broken nose suffered when she was battling for a loose ball.
Aaliyah Lewis, G, Bishop Ford, Junior
Sadie Edwards, G, Nazareth, Junior
Shanice Vaughan, G, Bishop Ford, Senior
Krystal Pearson, F, Truman, Senior
Fannisha Price, F, South Shore, Senior
COACH OF THE YEAR
Grezinsky collects PSAL Class AA city championships like some collect ticket stubs. He has 14 in a row after the Lady Blazers defeated McKee/Staten Island Tech at Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick’s Day, but this championship had nothing to do with luck and everything to do with coaching. The season started with the tragic death of Tayashana (Chicken) Murphy, who was going to form one of the best backcourts in the city with Shequana Harris. Grezinsky guided the Lady Blazers through the grieving process and helped talented freshmen Ashanae McLaughlin and Alexandria Smith adjust to the rigors of varsity ball. Bergtraum took its lumps early, but Grezinsky never panicked. When it all ended, Grezinsky said the 14th title was the sweetest one yet because of the adversity along the road.