BY MICHAEL KELLY
CLIFTON PARK — A second-team pick the past two years, Shenendehowa senior Carly Boland garnered a Class AA first-team selection Tuesday when the New York State Sportswriters Association announced its all-state teams for girls’ basketball.
Boland, who helped lead Shenendehowa to an appearance in this year’s Class AA state championship game, averaged 19.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game in her senior season while shooting 67 percent from the field.
For her career, she finished with 1,671 points, the fourth-highest total in her program’s history. Before Boland moves on to play next season at Binghamton University, Shenendehowa head coach Joe Murphy said he was thrilled to see the star get bumped up to the state’s first-team line for her senior season.
“I was a little nervous going into this one with how they’d rate it, but this is a really nice way for her to end her career,” Murphy said.
Also honored with team selections at the Class AA level from Section II were Bethlehem senior Jenna Giacone (second), Shenendehowa junior Sydney Brown (fourth), Columbia junior Selena Lott (10th), Albany senior Ayanna Hunter (10th), Shaker junior Cece Mayo (12th), Saratoga Springs freshman Kerry Flaherty (13th) and Catholic Central senior Abby Fountain (14th). Honorable mentions were awarded to Saratoga Springs eighth-grader Dolly Cairns, Albany senior Leah Dollard, Ballston Spa junior Jordan Hipwell and Bethlehem senior Emily Wander.
At the Class A level, Mohonasen junior Saeeda Abdul-Aziz and Amsterdam junior Nina Fedullo both earned third-team selections. Holy Names senior De’Janaire Deas (fourth), Averill Park senior Samantha Laranjo (fifth) and Hudson Falls senior Bri McKinney (ninth) also made teams, while an honorable mention went to Troy junior Sabrina Wolfe.
Murphy said the quantity of large-school selections from Section II schools confirmed what he thought of this year’s — and next year’s — crop of area players.
“Definitely the highest talent level we’ve had,” the Shenendehowa coach said. “If you look at scholarships and offers at the Division I or II levels . . . we have a ton. [The area] is loaded with talent and that’s great for Section II basketball.”
In Class B, Glens Falls freshman Sophie Tougas led the way for Section II players with a fifth-team selection. Also making their way onto teams were Albany Academy senior Emily Padalino (sixth), Glens Falls junior Lucy Tougas (seventh), Hoosick Falls senior Megan Flynn (eighth), Hoosick Falls junior Kelly Pine (ninth), Cohoes junior Nerea Brajac (11th) and Watervliet junior Ali Changa (12th). Fonda-Fultonville junior Julianna Taylor was an honorable mention.
Warrensburg senior Erin Langworthy was a first-team pick in Class C, while Greenville sophomore Ava Fitzmaurice was a fourth-team selection and Mekeel Christian Academy sophomore Rebekkah Dean landed on the fifth team. Lake George senior MacKenzie Bennett (seventh), Mayfield senior Julie Hampton (eighth), Greenwich junior Olivia Barnes (eighth) and Lake George freshman Graceann Bennett (ninth) also earned selections, while honorable mentions went to Berne-Knox-Westerlo junior Monique Britton, Warrensburg junior Britanny Frasier and Cambridge sophomore Helen Mooney.
In Class D, Fort Edward senior Kaicey Sardina led the way for area players with a third-team nod. Argyle senior Katie Buck (fourth), North Warren junior Madasyn Bush (sixth) and Fort Edward senior Maddy Nassivera (seventh) also made teams.