The New York State Sportswriters Association (NYSSWA) has released its 2017-18 All-State teams for boys and girls basketball, with the lists littered with Spectator Great 8 standouts.
Leading the way out of all local athletes, was Wayland-Cohocton’s Alex Button, the back-to-back Spectator Great 8 Girls Player of the Year, who garnered first team honors in her final season with the Lady Eagles. Button averaged 23.5 points, 5.9 rebounds 2.4 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game as a senior.
Joining her in the Class B division was Bath-Haverling’s Jadyn Abrams, who racked up a third team nod. Wellsville’s Jordyn Pettit picked up a fifth team nod after a record breaking year on the hardwood. Pettit set Wellsville's single-game scoring record with 43 points on Senior Night and finished the year averaging 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game.
Danville’s Grace Rittenhouse (14.1 points, 3.0 assists, 3.1 steals) and Hornell’s Abby Austin (11.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.3 steals) rounded off the list with 10th and 13th team nods, respectively. Jana Whitehouse (Wellsville) and Jackie Blechinger (Dansville) received honorable mentions in Class B.
In Class C, Canisteo-Greenwood’s Maisy Booth picked up a fifth team selection after a 1,000 point career with the Lady Redskins. Booth averaged 18.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 3.5 assists as a senior.
In Class D, Prattsburgh’s Lauren Robbins and Hannah Hopkins both paved the way, as Robbins earned a second team nomination, while Hopkins followed up with a fifth. Arkport/Canaseraga’s Abbi Patrick earned a sixth team nomination.
In Allegany County, Whitesville’s Falyn Lewis-Ellison and Andover’s Emily Wahl each had eighth and ninth team selections.
Among the honorable mentions were Jasper-Troupsburg’s Sydney Prutsman and Genesee Valley’s Karah Landries.
In boys basketball, Prattsburgh led the way once more, as senior Garrett Socola earned Class D First Team honors. Mason Putnam followed up with third team honors for the Vikings, who backed up their selections with a Class D2 championship against Bradford at Blue Cross Arena.
Joining Putnam on the state’s third team was Avoca’s LaDre Stanford. Belfast’s Adam Enders, the Great 8 Boys Player of the Year after averaging 28.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 3.1 steals, received a fourth team selection.
Avoca’s Evan Reppert and Genesee Valley’s Noah Windus picked up honorable mentions in Class D.
In Class B, Wayland-Cohocton’s Connor Englert earned a seventh team nomination. Wellsville’s Joe Tronetti had a 12th team nomination. Tronetti’s teammate, Aiden Cook, along with Dansville’s Hunter Little, each picked up an honorable mention.
Cuba-Rushford’s Trevor Smith finished his high school career strong for the Rebels, as he earned a Class C Third Team nomination.