Posted: 7:39 pm Friday, January 14th, 2011
By Matt Porter
Nearing the home stretch of the regular season, here are some of the top girls basketball players in the area.
Note: this was a very tough list to compile. On many teams, several different players were deserving, but we had to choose one. Please don’t take it personally if your favorite player isn’t listed. Since we’re sure this will generate some discussion, we ask that you please keep the comments positive.
So that said, here we go. Players were selected by The Post based on game performances and coach nominations. All stats are as of Jan. 8, 2011.
American Heritage: Diamond Jones, Sr., G. Leading scorer on a dominant Stallions team.
Atlantic: Cartrecia Ward, Sr, G. Cool, calm leader of the Eagles puts up 14 points a night.
Benjamin: Jamie Burke, Sr., G. Bucs’ best ballhandler, averages 5.9 assists per game (best among small schools) and 17 points.
Berean Christian: Samie Lesperance, Sr., G. Team’s lone senior among small-school leaders in points (12.8, fifth) and rebounds per game (7.3, eighth).
Boca Raton: Gabby Daniels, Soph., G. Leading team in scoring (13.2 points per game). Has made 26 threes, fourth-best among large schools.
Boca Raton Christian: Beatrice Domond, Sr, F. At 5-foot-11, she’s putting up 13.1 points and 16 rebounds per game for the Blazers.
Boynton Beach: Taylor Shade, Jr., G. The 5-foot-5 guard is silky-smooth and quick. Averaging 18.1 points per game, fourth among large schools.
Cardinal Newman: Myranda Nadal, Jr., G. Crusaders’ catalyst leads team in scoring (8.0), assists (3.8) and steals (3.4).
Centennial: Shaneece Stephens, Sr., G. Dependable scorer capable of putting 25-plus in some games.
Clewiston: Tianna Thomas, Soph., G. First-year varsity player averaging 8.9 points per game for rebuilding Tigers.
Community Christian: Alyssa Cabrera, Soph., F. In her second year playing organized basketball, she’s become the leader of a young Cougars squad.
Dwyer: Kai James, Soph., C. At 6-foot-5, she gives the Panthers a nearly-unstoppable inside presence. Posting an area-best 15.1 boards per game, with 12 points per game.
Donna Klein: Taytum Orshan, Soph, G. Facing tight defense, she’s posted 14 points and 12 rebounds per game for the Eagles.
FAU: Alyssa Mecoli, 8th, G. Owls’ top scorer has been on the team since sixth grade.
Forest Hill: La’Tiara Calloway, Sr., G. Handing out 5.7 assists per game, good for third among large schools, and five steals. Five-foot-seven floor general with a good handle.
Fort Pierce Central: Larnique Collins, Jr., F/C. Leading the Cobras in scoring (18.5 points per game).
Fort Pierce Westwood: Kaneisha Atwater, Sr. G. Old Dominion signee leads the area (both large and small schools) in scoring with 26.3 points per game. Has three triple-doubles.
Glades Central: DelRonshae Beckford, Fr., G. Newcomer leading the Raiders in scoring (11.8 points per game).
Glades Day: Abbie Jo Schlechter, Soph., G. Gators’ leading scorer (12 points per game).
Grandview Prep: Allie Catapano, Sr., G. Dependable scoring option for the Pride.
Inlet Grove: Chelsea Woodson, Sr. G. Sweet-shooting ‘Cane is one of the area’s top outside threats. Has hit 18 threes so far, tied for fourth among small schools.
Jensen Beach: Ashley Robinson, Soph., G. Scoring 20 points per game and has hit 14 three-pointers.
John Carroll: Hunter Sullivan, Fr., F. Newcomer has put up a few double-doubles this season.
John I. Leonard: Tamoya Merritt, Jr., F. At 5-foot-10, putting up 11.5 points and 12 rebounds per game for the Lancers.
Jupiter: Kaitlyn Larkin, Sr. G. Made 26 threes (tied for fourth among large schools) and averages 3.3 assists per game. Small (5-foot-2) and takes high-percentage shots. Also the Warriors’ best defender.
Jupiter Christian: Kate Thomson, Sr., G. She’s small (5-foot-2) but does it all. Leads Eagles in points (14.3) and assists (4.6) per game, and is good for several steals a night.
King’s Academy: Cat Urso, Soph., G. Rebounding point guard. She pulls down 7.1 boards and hands out 4.4 assists per game. Also leading the team in points and steals per game.
Lake Worth: Dominique St. Juste, Sr., G. Trojans’ leading scorer (10.4 points per game).
Lake Worth Christian: Sam Cantwell, Sr., G. The 5-foot-7 captain plays every position for the Defenders. Averaging 9.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.
Lincoln Park Academy: Brandy Montgomery, Soph., G. Second among large schools in scoring (20.3 points per game). Plays 1, 2 and 3. Drawing early interest from Miami, FSU, Va. Tech, Ga. Tech, and others.
Martin County: Kaila Callender, Sr., F/C. Among the large-school leaders in points (16.3, eighth) and rebounds per game (10.7, sixth). Early signee with Buffalo.
Okeechobee: Ami Edwards, Soph., F. Brahmans’ top rebounding presence.
Olympic Heights: Katrina Farese, Sr., F. Leading the Lions in scoring (9.7 points per game).
Pahokee: La’Shaunique Robertson, Fr., G. Blue Devils’ most dependable scorer.
Palm Beach Central: Mariah-Caurhyn Smesler, Jr., F. Putting up 12.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
Palm Beach Gardens: Brandie Robertson, Sr., G. Putting up 14.6 points per game.
Palm Beach Lakes: Myeshia Hall, Sr., G. Does it all for Rams. Averaging 22.7 points, 9.6 rebounds, 6.3 steals, 5.3 assists and 3.1 blocks per game. Old Dominion signee.
Park Vista: Caitlyn Hayes, Soph., C. Leading the Cobras in points per game (11.4) and rebounds per game (10.4).
Pine School: Cassidy Bell, Soph., G. Shooting guard (5-foot-4) leads team in scoring (12.4 points per game), second on the team in steals and assists.
Pope John Paul II: Emily Kissel, Soph., G. Her 27 triples are best among small schools (tied for third in the area).
Port St. Lucie: Chante’ Wallace, Sr., G. Averages a team-high 12 points per game.
Royal Palm Beach: Chelsey Smith, Fr., G. Already a go-to scoring threat for the Wildcats.
Santaluces: Miriam Pierre, Jr., F/C. Pulling down 11.4 rebounds per game, good for fourth among large schools.
Seminole Ridge: Rebecca Lane, Sr., C. Co-captain is a 5-foot-10 post presence. Tough down low and on the glass.
South Fork: Mariah Newkirk, Soph., G. The Bulldogs’ main scoring weapon controls the game from the point.
Spanish River: Kacie Grossman, Sr., G. Point guard holds the Sharks together. Averaging 8 points and 5 assists per game.
St. Andrew’s: Angela Alvarez, Jr., F. Scots’ 5-foot-10 inside presence leads small schools in rebounding (16.6 per game) and is second in scoring (18.5).
Summit Christian: Ambra Martin, Sr., G. Floor general leads Saints in scoring (14.1 points per game).
Suncoast: Alison Ray, Jr., F. Chargers’ only returning starter leads team in scoring (13.6) and rebounding (8.3).
Treasure Coast: Rosemarie Julien, Fr., F. Helps outside and inside: She pulls down 10.8 boards a game, and her 28 threes are second-best in the area.
Trinity Christian: Danielle McCray, Sr., G. Leads small schools in both scoring (25.5) and second in rebounding (15.5). Headed to Ole Miss in the fall.
Village Academy: Deandra Akins, 8th, G. Leading Tigers in scoring (12.3 points per game).
Wellington: Quinn Ruderman, Sr., G. Scoring 11 points per game and 3 rebounds, but her leadership has been vital to a team besieged by injuries and the health problems of coach Vic Navarro.
Wellington Christian: Stephanie Wilson, Soph., G. Five-foot-six guard averaging 15.7 points per game.
West Boca Raton: Jessica Perrin, Sr., G. Relentless 5-5 guard averaging 15 points per game over the last three weeks (9 for the season).
Yeshiva: Leora Litwin, Sr., F. Team’s top outside shooter.