2023 Pa. Sports Writers All-State Girls Basketball Teams

The accolades keep rolling in for Lansdale Catholic senior Gabby Casey. The latest came Monday afternoon when the Pennsylvania Sports Writers released their All-State Girls Basketball Teams. Casey was voted the Class-4A Player of the Year.

Casey, who was named the Philadelphia Catholic League MVP, Pa. Gatorade Player of the Year and The Reporter/Times Herald/Montgomery Media Player of the Year earlier this year, averaged 21.5 points per game. The 5-foot-9 St. Joseph’s University commit added 8.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 4.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. She capped her high school career with a 28-point, 16-rebound performance as LC won its first state championship against Blackhawk.

“The feeling of accomplishment and relief for yourself, that’s what pushes me,” Casey said of the work that got her to this point. “Having the mindset that there’s always somebody out there working as hard, if not harder, than you, that’s what leads to the motivation of wanting to be great and spending every day getting better, even if it’s only a little bit.

“When you love something and you put everything into it, you’re going to see results.”

Casey wasn’t the only Crusader voted to the Pa. Sports Writers All-State Girls Basketball Teams. Classmate Jaida Helm earned Class-4A third-team honors while Eric Gidney was named the Class-4A Coach of the Year. LC won its first PCL title in program history and third District 12 championship this season.

Outside of Lansdale Catholic, the PA Prep Live coverage area was well-represented on the All-State teams.

In Class 6A, Renie Shields was named the Coach of the Year after leading Archbishop Carroll to a state championship. Two of her players – senior Taylor Wilson and junior Brooke Wilson – earned second-team honors.

Plymouth Whitemarsh senior Abby Sharpe earned first team in Class-6A for a second straight season. The Penn commit averaged 18.7 points per game this season. Her classmate Erin Daley earned a spot on the third team.

Plymouth Whitemarsh’s Abby Sharpe (20) with the ball during the Colonials’ game against Upper Dublin on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. (Mike Cabrey/MediaNews Group)

Perk Valley’s Grace Galbavy, Cardinal O’Hara’s Molly Rullo and Abington’s Cire Worley were second-team selections while Spring-Ford’s Anna Azzara, Haverford’s Caroline Dotsey, Souderton’s Casey Harter and Neshaminy’s Reese Zemitis landed on the third team.

Perkiomen Valley’s Grace Galbavy shoots a jumper against Spring-Ford during the PAC championship game on Feb. 15 at Perkiomen Valley. (Austin Hertzog – MediaNews Group)

Archbishop Wood’s Mike McDonald and West Chester Rustin’s Lauren Stackhouse were both named Coach of the Year in Class-5A. Rustin reached the state semifinals while Wood won its third straight state championship.

Wood’s Deja Evans and Rustin’s Laine McGurk earned first-team honors. Evans averaged 8.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, but elevated her play 14.2 points, 12 rebounds and 4.2 blocks per game in the postseason. McGurk was one of the most prolific scorers in the state, averaging 22.5 points per game.

West Chester Rustin’s Laine McGurk (20) drives to the basket as Archbishop Wood’s Delaney Finnegan (20) defends during their PIAA-5A semifinal on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at Bensalem High School. (Mike Cabrey/MediaNews Group)

Gwynedd Mercy Academy’s Hannah Griffin and Wood’s Ava Renninger landed on the second team.

Germantown Academy senior Kendall Bennett landed on the Class-4A second team after averaging 12 points per game.

Four players from Westtown earned Class-3A recognition. Junior Zahra King landed on the first team while junior Savannah Curry and senior Grace Sundback were second-teamers. Senior Joniyah Bland-Fitzpatrick earned third-team honors.

Faith Christian Academy senior Bella Forker earned a first-team spot in Class-2A. She averaged 16.5 points per game and led the Lions to the state quarterfinals. Perkiomen junior Lauren Patnode landed on the second team after averaging 17 points per game.

The Christian Academy’s Amber Bullard was the Class-1A Player of the Year. The senior averaged 18.3 points per game and had plenty of matchups where the opponent had no answer. In the first round of states, she scored 30 points, grabbed 24 rebounds and blocked four shots in a 55-33 win over High Point Baptist.

The Christian Academy’s (5) Amber Bullard is defended by Sacred Heart’s players (25) Keara McCaffrey,(10) Maya Walker and (13) Megan Donahue in the first half. (PETE BANNAN-DAILY TIMES)


First team

Jillian Jekot, Cumberland Valley, 6-0, Jr., 22.9

Olivia Jones, Cedar Cliff, 5-10, So., 15.3

Abby Sharpe, Plymouth-Whitemarsh 6-0, Sr., 18.7

Jasmine Timmerson, North Allegheny, 5-7, Sr., 16.4

Natalie Wetzel, Peters Township, 6-3, So., 18.6

Second team

Kailah Correa, Lebanon, 5-4, So., 18.1

Grace Galbavy, Perkiomen Valley, 5-11, So., 13.5

Marissa Gingrich, Mifflin County, 5-8, Sr., 22.0

Molly Rullo, Cardinal O’Hara, 6-0, So., 16.8

Brooke Wilson, Archbishop Carroll, 5-9, Jr.. 11.3

Taylor Wilson, Archbishop Carroll, 6-0, Sr., 14.8

Cire Worley, Abington, 6-0, Sr., 20.4

Third team

Anna Azzara, Spring-Ford, 5-8, Jr., 14.7

Kendall Berger, Norwin, 5-9, So., 13.2

Erin Daley, Plymouth-Whitemarsh, 6-0, Sr., 16.5

Caroline Dotsey, Haverford, 6-2, Sr., 16.9

Casey Harter, Souderton, 5-10, Sr., 16.1

Lauren Palangio, Norwin, 6-1, Jr., 11.9

Rylee Kalocay, Upper St. Clair, 5-9, So., 20.0

Reese Zemitis, Neshaminy, F, 6-1, Jr., 13.8

Player of the year — Olivia Jones, Cedar Cliff

Coach of the year — Renie Shields, Archbishop Carroll


First team

Deja Evans, Archbishop Wood, 6-2, Sr., 8.7

Maddie Knier, Manheim Central, 6-0, Sr., 23.5

Jayden McBride, Cathedral Prep, 5-11, Jr., 16.7

Laine McGurk, West Chester Rustin, 5-11, Sr., 22.5

Maddie Webber, South Fayette, 5-11, Sr., 17.3

Second team

Hannah Griffin, Gwynedd Mercy, 5-9, Sr., 10.5

Alison Hatajik, Hollidaysburg, 6-0, Sr., 15.2

Cici Hernandez, Bethlehem Catholic, 5-6, Jr., 14.1

Gianna Johnson, George School, 6-5, Jr., 12.0

Senaya Parker, Samuel Fels, 5-6, So., 5-6, 43.1

Ava Renninger, Archbishop Wood, 5-6, Jr., 8.0

Alexa Washington, Oakland Catholic, 5-7, Sr., 16.3

Third team

Eve Fiala, Indiana, 6-5, Sr., 14.4

Haley Noblit, Greencastle-Antrim, 5-3, Jr., 13.0

Priyanka Ponnam, George School, 6-3, So., 12.0

Daniella Ranieli, Pittston, 5-3, So. 16.3

Janay Rissmiller, York Suburban, 5-6, Jr., 14.0

Lena Walz, Cathedral Prep, 5-10, Jr., 12.8

Player of the year — Maddie Weber, South Fayette

Coach of the year — Mike McDonald, Archbishop Wood, and Lauren Stackhouse, West Chester Rustin


First team

Gabby Casey, Lansdale Catholic, 5-10, Sr., 21.5

Alexis Hess, Fleetwood, 6-1, Sr., 17.6

Alena Fusetti, Blackhawk, 5-10, Jr., 17.4

Peyton Dincher, Jersey Shore, 6-0, So., 20.8

Alayna Rocco, North Catholic, 5-11, Jr., 17.6

Shayla Smith, Audenried, So., 5-10, 24.8

Amaya Stewart, Wyomissing, 6-1, Sr., 15.3

Second team

Kendall Bennett, Germantown Academy, 6-3, Sr., 12.0

Hope Garrity, Fairview, 5-8, Sr., 14.9

Maya Jenkins, Scranton Prep, 5-8, So., 13.4

Dacia Lewandowski, North Catholic, 5-11, Sr., 12.0

Maddy Wetzel, North Schuylkill, 5-8, Sr., 20.1

Third team

Quinn Borroni, Blackhawk, 5-10, Sr., 11.0

Schuyler Coles, Susquehanna Township, 5-8, Jr., 20.2

Molly Driscoll, Allentown Central Catholic, 5-8, Jr., 14.7

Carryn Easley, Neumann-Goretti, 5-4, So., 13.5

Jaida Helm, Lansdale Catholic, 5-10, Sr., 12.0

Amya Scott, Neumann-Goretti, 5-4, So., 15.7

Paige Sevrain, Northwestern Lehigh, Sr., 6-0, 12.4

Player of the year — Gabby Casey, Lansdale Catholic

Coach of the year — Eric Gidney, Lansdale Catholic


First team

Brie Droege, Columbia, 5-10, Jr., 23.8

Zahra King, Westtown, 5-10, Jr., 13.3

Mairan Haggerty, Neshannock, 6-1, Sr., 22.5

Ava Persichetti, River Valley, 5-8, So., 19.8

Aleah Snead, Penn Charter, 5-11, Sr., 16.2

Ciera Toomey, Dunmore, 6-4, Sr., 10.2

Second team

Mary Bolesky, Lancaster Catholic, 5-4, Jr., 15.4

Savannah Curry, Westtown, 5-10, Jr., 5-10, 9.1

Madeline Evans, Bloomsburg, 6-1, Sr., 18.3

Logyn Greer, Friends’ Central, 6-3, So., 15.2

Grace Sundback, Westtown, 5-8, Sr., 13.2

Tiffany Zelmore, Mount Pleasant, 5-10, Sr., 28.8

Third team

Joniyah Bland-Fitzpatrick, Westtown, 5-11, Sr., 7.0

Belle Bosch, Chestnut Ridge, 5-11, Sr., 21.0

Mallory Daly, Seton LaSalle, 5-8, Jr., 21.7

Christiana Gordon, Westmont Hilltop, 5-11, So., 16.6

Lia Krarup, Wilmington, 5-6, So., 20.2

Olivia Kulyk, Mercyhurst Prep, 6-0, Jr., 19.7

Alyssa Reisinger, Mount Carmel, 6-0, Sr., 15.5

Bella Toomey, Penn Charter, 6-0, Sr., 10.6

Player of the year — Ciera Toomey, Dunmore

Coach of the year — Carrie Toomey, Dunmore


First team

Shaye Bailey, Freedom Area, 5-7, Jr., 21.6

Layke Fields, Kennedy Catholic, 6-0, So., 19.1

Bella Forker, Faith Christian, 5-8, Sr. 16.5

Genesis Meadows, Lancaster Country Day, 5-4, Sr., 25.2

Macy Sardone, Homer-Center, 5-7, Sr., 18.0

Iyanna Wade, Clairton, 5-5, So., 33.3

Second team

Bria Bair, Bishop McCort Catholic, 5-11, Sr., 16.2

Erica Gribble, Greensburg Central Catholic, 5-8, Fr., 16.9

Bella Magestro, Kennedy Catholic, 5-8, Fr., 12.1

Maddison Maynard, Panther Valley, 5-10, Jr., 22.6

Lauren Patnode, Perkiomen, 6-0, Jr., 17.0

Third team

Minyhah Easterling, Glendale, 6-3, Sr., 19.2

Saraiah Franklin, Penn Treaty, 5-7, Sr., 23.4

Mylee Harmon, Redbank Valley, 5-6, So., 21.0

Molly Kosmack, Homer-Center, 6-0, Sr., 13.6

Lacey Kriebel, South Williamsport, 6-0, So., 14.9

Lydia Worthing, Bellwood-Antis, 5-10, Sr., 17.0

Player of the year — Layke Fields, Kennedy Catholic

Coach of the year — Justin Magestro, Kennedy Catholic


First team

Amber Bullard, The Christian Academy, 6-1, Sr., 18.3

Kelly Cleaver, Union (New Castle), 6-0, Jr., 15.4

Ayla Hileman, Williamsburg, 5-8, Jr., 19.7

Addison Kilmer, Mountain View, 6-1, Fr., 20.5

Jenna Muha, Shade, 6-1, Sr., 31.6

Second team

Kailey Devlin, Meadowbrook Christian, 5-9, Jr., 20.7

Kylie Fruehstorfer, Union (New Castle), 5-5, So., 12.5

Grace Sechler, Berlin Brothersvalley, 5-9, Sr., 16.5

Katie Sheeler, Otto-Eldred, 5-7, Sr., 22.2

Sheiana Tutler, St. John Neumann, 6-0, Sr., 13.0

Third team

Linda Brown, Christian School of York, Sr., 5-7, 14.0

Paityn Moyer, Lourdes Regional, 5-9, Jr., 7.6

Masie Reed, Lourdes Regional 5-8, Jr., 11.8

Julie Spinelli, St. Joseph, 5-11, Jr., 19.2

Jayla Woodruff, Williamsburg, 6-0, Sr., 12.7

Player of the year — Amber Bullard, The Christian Academy

Coach of the year — Rob Nogay, Union (New Castle)

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