P.O. Girls Basketball All-Star Team
JENAY FAULKNER, Greencastle-Antrim: Faulkner, last year’s P.O. Player of the Year, picked up her junior season right where she left off, leading Greencastle in virtually every category as a threat on both ends of the court. With that in mind, Faulkner was again in contention for the player of the year honor. She averaged 19.1 points per game as the Blue Devils made their way to the second round of the state tournament. She also had 99 3-pointers and 99 assists. “She affects the game in every phase,” Greencastle coach Mike Rhine said. “Her defense is off the charts and she does it all.” This year, Faulkner scored her 1,000th point and is well on her way to breaking the Greencastle girls scoring record and becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer before her the end of her senior season.
HANNAH CRIST, Greencastle-Antrim: Crist, a senior, emerged as Greencastle’s semi-secret weapon. With a well-known threat in Jenay Faulkner, Crist came out of the shadows when needed to put up big points for the Blue Devils. She averaged 16.7 points per game and was one of the team’s best defenders in eliminating opponent's top scorers. “We love her with the ball,” Rhine said. “She plays lock-down defense and it’s a big advantage for us.” Crist sank 68 3-pointers and was a huge catalyst in Greencastle’s PIAA first-round comeback against Scranton Prep. She scored her 1,000th point this year and was also in close contention for player of the year honors.
OLIVIA MOTTERN, Southern Fulton: Mottern was the Indians' most prominent threat on both ends of the court, posting a myriad of double-doubles during Southern Fulton’s District 5 Class A championship run. She averaged 19.8 points per game as the second-leading scorer in Franklin and Fulton counties on the way to leading her team to a District 5 title. “She’s a very well-rounded player, and versatile,” Southern Fulton coach Meagan Raville said. “She had a lot of double-doubles at the end of the season, which really helped during playoffs.” Mottern scored her 1,000th point as a junior and was also in consideration for player of the year.
MOLLY TAYLOR, Mercersburg Academy: Taylor entered her senior season at Mercersburg Academy with a new position at point guard, but took the challenge in stride, averaging 16.5 points per game to lead the team in scoring. Taylor also averaged 4.1 assists per game, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals. She led the team to the program’s first-ever PAISAA state title.
LYDIA HARRIS, Shalom Christian: Harris was a catalyst of the Flames' Mason Dixon Christian Conference regular season title run. As a senior guard, Harris averaged 15.9 points per game and scored her 1,000th point nearing the end of her career at Shalom. “Just the offensive thing she’s able to do, we wouldn’t play the same without her in there,” Shalom Christian coach Brad Eby said.
ISIUWA OGHAGBON, Mercersburg Academy: Oghagbon, a 6-foot junior, flirted with a double-double average, scoring 9.7 points per game, and grabbing 10.3 rebounds per game as the Blue Storm worked to its first-ever state title. Oghagbon was one of the five Mercersburg starters who could evolve into whatever player the Blue Storm may have needed at the time. Show-stopping defender, check. Double-figure scorer, check.
CELINA MERCHANT, Southern Fulton: Merchant, a senior point guard, averaged 9.3 points per game and emerged as a major threat in the latter half of the season, just as Southern Fulton needed an edge in the playoffs. “She had a great year,” Raville said. “She’s a really tough player and did what she needed to when the team needed it.”
McKENZIE GELVIN, Forbes Road: Gelvin, a junior guard on the smallest team in the area, had the weight of a playoff-contending team on her shoulders. She was the Cardinals' go-to girl the entire season, averaging 17.3 points per game. She also averaged five steals per game. “She has to do everything,” Forbes Road coach Jeff Gelvin said. “If we didn’t have her quickness to get the ball up the court we wouldn’t have made it that far.” Gelvin, a track sprinter, used her speed to capitalized on forced turnovers down the court, propelling the Cardinals to a district playoff appearance.
RACHEL MARTIN, James Buchanan: At guard, Martin averaged 11.3 points per game in her junior season, and was also the team’s leading rebounder. She scored her season-high 27 points against McConnellsburg, where she sank 14 of 15 free throw shots. “She was a huge asset on offense and defense this year,” James Buchanan coach Jen Amsley said.
CAT WEBER, Waynesboro: As a junior leader on a team packed with young talent, Weber has continued to lead the Maidens for the second straight season. She led the Maidens by averaging 15.6 points and seven rebounds per game while shooting 41 percent from the floor. “She’s a big piece of our success and a great leader,” Waynesboro coach Allison Steiger said.
CHELSEA COVER: Waynesboro, jr., G, 13.5 ppg.
MEGHAN HIRNEISEN: Greencastle-Antrim, sr., 8.7 ppg.
LINDSAY EMBLY: Chambersburg, sr., F, 11.8 ppg.
BRIDGETTE RITCHEY: McConnellsburg, jr., F 6.5 ppg.
BROOKE EMGE: Shalom Christian, so.,11.2 ppg.
CHARITY MILLER: James Buchanan, jr., G/F, 13.5 ppg.
LORYN SANDERS: Cumberland Valley Christian, sr.
SARAH LYMAN: Mercersburg Academy, sr., 10.3 ppg.
MINA WILT: Forbes Road, sr., G/F, 10.3 ppg.
MARIAH MARTIN: Shippensburg, so., 9.4 ppg.
Chambersburg: Shadai Joyner, Taylor Vrabel. Greencastle-Antrim: Morgan Wagaman. James Buchanan: Tristen Amsley. Shippensburg: Kara Newell. Waynesboro: Sarah Gsell, Olivia Gardenhour. Fannett-Metal: Ally Hoffmann, Taylor Coffman. McConnellsburg: Alexis Mellott, Justice Seville. Southern Fulton: Shaye Smartt, Lakyn Morton. Shalom Christian: Brooke Kuhns, Lexy Poe. Mercersburg Academy: Sam Goldman, Joana Santos.