By Mike Wertman
Medina Journal-Register — A trio of repeat selections - Medina’s Alba Perez, Roy-Hart’s Olivia Kelkenberg and Wilson’s Jamie Curry - head the first team of the annual Niagara-Orleans All-League girls basketball squad.
Albion’s Eboni Taylor and Newfane’s Katie Shaw, both seniors, round of the first team quintet.
Perez, a four-year varsity player had a big year at both ends of the court for Medina averaging 17 points, 16 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 block per game.
“Alba is a tenacious player who gives her all on both sides of the ball. She is as intense as they come and will run through a wall if it will hep her team win,” Medina coach Ken Haak said. “She has made herself into the player she is today by playing year round and constantly working on her game. Alba is one of those players you hate to see go as you know she can never be replaced.”
Kelkenberg averaged 19.7 points per game and also grabbed off 115 rebounds.
“Olivia is a strong offensive and defensive player,” said Roy-Hart Athletic Direcor John Jablonski. “She gives 100 percent everyday, leads her teammates and is an outstanding athlete.”
Curry, a three-time first team honoree, scored 235 points and had a league leading 123 steals and 119 rebounds. She now holds the school single season and career (242) assist records and is second on the single season and career (336) steals lists.
Curry, who has a 90 average in the classroom, will be playing basketball at SUNY Fredonia.
“Jamie has had a remarkable career. She played varsity for four years and had four league and three sectional titles. She’s a player you can’t replace,” said Wilson coach Brian Baker. “She’s broken many schol records but even more than the stats is that she’s just a great person and leader. The sky is the limit for her.”
Taylor scored 181 points (11.0 average and had 100 rebounds (6.0 ave.) and 37 steals (2.5 ave.) for Albion this season.
“Eboni is one of our toughest defenders and plays as hard as she can all the time,” said Albion coach Lucian Price. “She stepped into a leadership role this year and really rose to the occasion. She led by example but also became a vocal leader toward the end of the season.”
Shaw averaged 10 points a game and had 110 steals on the season for the Lady Panthers.
“Katie was the heart and soul of our team which finished second in the N-O, said coach Kevin Klumpp.
Five schools are represented on the second team including Medina junior guard Tanisha Robinson, Barker junior guard Olivia Denny, Newfane senor forward Maddy Passuite, Wilson juniorr forward Emily Lasher and Akron junior forward Gina Henley.
Albion also had three honorable mention selections including senior Sarah Papponetti, sophomore Justice Nauden and freshman Kelsee Soule while Medina is represented by senior Olivia Hermann.N-O All-League Girls Basketball Squad First Team G - Jamie Curry Sr. Wilson F - Alba Perez Sr. Medina F/C - Olivia Kelkenberg Sr. Roy-Hart G - Katie Shaw Sr. Newfane G - Eboni Taylor Sr. Albion Second Team F - Emily Lasher Jr. Wilson F - Gina Henley Jr. Akron G - Olivia Denny Jr. Barker G - Tanisha Robinson Jr. Medina F - Maddy Passuite Sr. Newfane Honorable Mention Albion - Kelsee Soule (Fr.), Justice Nauden (So.), Sarah Papponetti (Sr.) Wilson - Kate Placek (Sr.), Allie Bubar (Jr.), Dana Smith (Jr.), Mallorie Gagnon (Sr.) Barker - Caitlyn Mason (Fr.), Julia Atwater (Jr.) Newfane - Jess Hambruch (Sr.), Jordan Beutel (Sr.), Clare Puff (Jr.) Medina - Olivia Hermann (Sr.) Skron - Courtney Hallett- Jonathan (Sr.) CSAT - Sam Dugo (Sr.), Inez Sullivan (Jr.)