S9 Hoops Girls All Star Teams
Bri Rozzi 28 points, 11.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.4 steals, 86 FT% School: Highland Grade: Senior Height: 5-foot-6 Position: Point guard
The only senior on an underclassmen-heavy Highland team, Rozzi established herself not only as one of the best Section 9 players in 2018-19, but one of the top girls to ever play in Sec. 9. Rozzi finished with 1,920 career points — eighth in Section 9 history amongst girls. “One of the things that most people don’t know is that Bri has never missed a practice or game in her five-plus years of playing varsity basketball,” said Highland head coach Jim Malak. When you think about that for a moment, it is quite an accomplishment — You’re talking about over 600 plus practices and over 100 plus games.”
Bri’s Future: Rozzi will play for Division I Loyola Md. next season
Career stats: 1,920 points, 753 rebounds, 508 assists, 315 steals, 75 FT% (514/681)
Victoria Pecovic 19.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.6 steals School: Washingtonville Grade: Senior Height: 5-foot-7 Position: Shooting guard
The most consistent three-point shooter in Section 9 this season, Pecovic made 57 3’s and shot 37% from beyond the arc. She finished with 181 three-pointers (Second-most in Sec. 9 since 2015) and 1,403 points in her career. “My high school career has definitely had its ups-and-downs, but one thing for sure is that I don’t regret a single minute of it,” said Pecovic. “From the moment I first made the team as a freshman, to my last second playing as a senior, the time I’ve spent on the varsity team is an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything on this planet. The time spent working hard during practices to the excitement and jitteriness before gametime — every single moment created an almost euphoric feeling that I’m most definitely going to miss.”
Victoria’s Future: Pecovic will attend the University of Vermont, and is undecided on whether to walk-on for the basketball team.
Career Stats: 1,403 points, 239 rebounds, 224 assists, 228 steals
Amanda Zeno 22.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 4.9 steals School: Fallsburg Grade: Junior Height: 5-foot-7 Position: Point guard
Zeno scored the second-most points in Section 9 girls basketball this season as a junior. She also scored her 1,000th career point against Onteora on January 4th. The sky is the limit for the Fallsburg point guard. “In my senior year I am striving to break the Fallsburg scoring record, reclaim the division title, and to play at an even higher level than I did this year.” The Fallsburg scoring title is currently held by former teammate Diamond Weeks, who scored 1,537 points.
Amanda’s Future: Zeno will return to Fallsburg for her senior season.
Erin Fox 21 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2.5 steals, 2.5 blocks School: Millbrook Grade: Junior Height: 5-foot-10 Position: Forward
You might as well call her Ms. Consistency, because Erin Fox has been putting up a similar stat-line for years. A year after winning the state championship, the Marist-bound junior led Millbrook to the New York State Class C Semifinals, where they lost to Watkins Glen. “Overall, I think I played pretty well this season,” said Fox. “Being one of the oldest and most-experienced players on the team, the outcome of the game is significantly effected by the way you play. Considering how far we got this year, I would say I played pretty well and did a good job taking on new roles this season.”
Erin’s Future: Fox will return to Millbrook for her senior season. She committed to play for Division I Marist earlier this year.
Player of the Year
Maggie Malone 18.5 points, 7 rebounds, 2.3 blocks School: Cornwall Grade: Senior Height: 5-foot-11 Position: Forward
No matter if it’s boys or girls; when you think of Cornwall basketball, the first thing that comes to the mind of many is Maggie Malone. Since debuting on varsity as a freshman, Malone led the Dragons in scoring and rebounds per game. She has the second-most points in Cornwall history with 1,492. (Nancy Holbrook ’87 scored 1,593). “Maggie has been the backbone of our program for 4 years,” said Cornwall head coach Chris Miller. “Most importantly, she has always done it with class, dignity and great sportsmanship. She is a great player but a far better person.”
Maggie’s Future: Malone will play for Division III SUNY Cortland next season.
Career Stats: 1,492 points
Goshen junior point guard Erin Smith – 18 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals
Erin was the heart-and-soul of a young Goshen team that made it to the Class A semifinals for the second consecutive season.
FDR Roosevelt junior point guard Kelsea Demelis – 14.5 points, 4.6 steals
Kelsea led the team in 3 point percentage for the 4th season in a row, and led the Presidents with 4.64 steals.
Coach quote: “The benefits that she brings to our team are far beyond her ability to put the ball in the hoop. She’s an all-around offensive and defensive threat. Through adversity, she has that grit-and-grind mentality. It’s almost as if a light bulb goes off in her head telling her she has to do whatever it takes to help her team get the win.”
S.S Seward junior guard/forward Alexa Roach – 20 points, (71% on free throws), 11 rebounds
Along with scoring her 1,000th point this season, Roach led the Spartans to the Class C final for the second consecutive season. She has 1,217 points heading into her senior season.
Marlboro junior forward Erin Lofaro – 17.7 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2.2 steals, 1 block
There were three Lofaro’s on Marlboro’s team, and none of them were more impactful in the paint than Erin. She led the Dukes in scoring & rebounding this season, and had a career-high 32 points & 20 rebounds vs. Highland on January 4th. She also scored her 1,000th point in the Regional semifinal vs. Irvington.
Saugerties senior forward Grace VanRoy – 14 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.3 steals
When facing Saugerties, you always had to keep an eye on Grace. A bruising rebounder with a knack for getting to the foul-line, she made 105-out-of-146 attempts. She finished her career with 947 points and 559 rebounds.
Spackenkill senior guard Issy Herrera – 14.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.5 steals
Marlboro sophomore guard Lizzy Lofaro – 12.3 points, 6 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 3.9 steals
Red Hook freshman guard Morgan Tompkins – 13 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2 steals, 87% free throw
Monroe-Woodbury junior guard Taylor Neely – 11.3 points, (26 three-pointers, 69% on free throws), 2.5 assists, 2.2 steals
Monroe-Woodbury junior guard Toni Neely – 10.1 points (38 three-pointers, 78% on free throws), 3 assists
Coach of the Year
Jessica Paden, FDR Roosevelt
Paden was unanimously voted Coach of the Year by fellow Section 9 girls basketball coaches.
Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a first-year varsity girls basketball head coach come in and impact a team the way Paden has at FDR. It was very clear that FDR Roosevelt bought into her motto, “I’m a beauty in the hall, and a beast when I play ball.”
FDR won both the Mid Hudson Athletic League & Section 9 Class A title for the first time in school history, and reached the Class A regional final before losing to Seton Catholic. They finished the season 20-5 and return four starters players from this years’ team.
Most Improved Player
Valley Central sophomore center Shaina Cooney
The way most people judge the most-improved player is by quickly glancing at statistics and seeing which numbers show the most improvement. Although Shaina’s stats have vastly increased, it’s her overall game that has improved tremendously. One of the most well-polished bigs in Section 9, Cooney helped lead Valley Central to the Class AA semifinals, and will be a huge part of the Vikings success for the next two seasons.
2017-18 Stats: 4.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks
2018-19 Stats: 10 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 1.3 blocks
Warwick senior guard Brit Tagg – 3 points, 2 rebounds, 2.1 steals
Although her offensive statistics aren’t necessarily eye-catching, Tagg’s defensive ability is. She was used off the bench to guard the opposition’s best player, and lots of times, gave them fits. For that reason, I believe Tagg was the most valuable player to come off the bench in Section 9 girls basketball.
Warwick eighth-grade guard Megan Desrats
Warwick eighth-grade guard Paige Girardi
Spackenkill seventh-grade guard Simone Pelish
FDR Roosevelt sophomore guard Gianna Caprioli