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VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: SAYRE'S WAMPOLE HEADLINES GIRLS BASKETBALL "ALL-VALLEY SUPER 7" AS "PLAYER OF THE YEAR" — WAVERLY'S NITTINGER, HAMMOND ALSO EARN TOP HONORS (7 PHOTOS) (2016-03-24)

Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Sayre’s Paige Wampole capped a stellar career with an incredible senior season to lead the way in the “All-Valley Super 7” as Valley Sports Report’s 2015-16 “Female Basketball Player of the Year.”

Wampole, a dominating presence in the low post, has steadily improved offensively and ended her career with the ability to knock down short jumpers and use a variety of moves around the bucket to score.

She averaged 12.5 points per game and led the region in rebounding with 13.8 boards per game. She also displayed good court vision and averaged 2.6 assists per game.

Possessing deceptive quickness, Wampole neutralized nearly all inside games the Lady Redskins ran up against and is also the 2015-16 “Defensive Player of the Year." She blocked 3.8 shots per game and altered many,many more, and averaged 2.3 steals per game.

Waverly sophomore Elle Nittinger led the Valley in scoring and is the 2015-16 “Offensive Player of the Year.”

Nittinger displayed the ability to score in every facet of the game, whether it’s behind the 3-point arc, driving to the hoop, in transition or by hitting the offensive boards.

She averaged 19 points and 6 rebounds per game and knocked down 39 3-pointers on the season.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Waverly freshman Wendi Hammond played in a few games at the end of her 8th-grade season, but gave no indication of the impact she would have on the Lady Wolverines this season.

A relentless and very quick defender with a long reach, Hammond is the 2015-16 “Newcomer of the Year.”  She led the Lady Wolverines with 5.2 steals and 4 assists per game and also had 3 deflections per game, as well as 9 points and 4 rebounds.

Her offensive game improved as the season went on as she displayed the ability to knock down the 3-pointer (22 on the season) and go to the bucket.

Runner-up: Camry Lane, freshman, Sayre.

The remainder of the “All-Valley Super 7” is as follows:

Elle Nittinger, sophomore, Waverly: See above.

Morgan Westbrook, senior, Athens: Ultra-athletic and a top-notch defender, Westbrook was lethal in transition,but she could also knock down the mid-range jumper and take the ball to the bucket.

She averaged 11.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.1 assists per game.

Emily Lunger, sophomore, Athens: An incredible all-around athlete, Lunger has a high basketball IQ and plays with a determination few others do.

Lunger led her team in scoring with 12.6 points per game and also averaged 3.6 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 2.5 assists per game. She shot 52 percent from the field.

Kaeli Sutryk, junior, Sayre: A deadly 3-point shooter, Sutryk also features a good all-around game with the ability to hit the boards, handle and distribute the ball, and get after it on the defensive end.

Sutryk knocked down 64 3-pointers this season, while averaging 10.8 points per game. She also averaged 3.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2 steals per game.

Wendi Hammond, freshman, Waverly: See above.

Shanell Baglini, junior, Athens: A top-notch defender with tremendous quickness quickness and anticipation, Baglini also used her defensive abilities to score in transition. She can also knock down the 3-pointer and scored going to the bucket.

Baglini averaged 7.5 points, 3.7 steals, 3.2 rebounds and 3 assists per game.

All-Rookie Team

Wendi Hammond, freshman, Waverly: See above.

Camry Lane, freshman, Sayre: A solid defender, Lane is a scorer, who can put points on the board via the jumper or by penetrating to the bucket. She is also a solid defender and rebounds well from the guard position.

Lane was a major contributor for the Lady Redskins this season and will continue to be for the next three season.

Sydney Tomasso, 7th-grader, Waverly: Being a bit under-sized didn’t deter Tomasso from contributing for the Lady Wolverines as a 7th-grader. She can knock down the 3-pointer and has a quick release with her mid-range jumper, which allows her to get her shot off over taller defenders in the paint. She is also a very good ball-handler and will only see her minutes increase in the future.

Ariana Gambrell, freshman, Athens: Physical and athletic, Gambrell was not afraid to play defense and usually ended up coming off the bench to guard one of the top scorers on the opposition. As the season wore on, she gained confidence on the offensive end and should be a major contributor next season for the Lady Wildcats.

Olivia Howland, junior, Tioga: After missing her entire sophomore season with a knee injury, Howland came back this season and got better as the season progressed. She could develop into a force in the low-post and has the potential for a double-double most nights.

All-Defensive Team

Paige Wampole, senior, Sayre: See above.

Wendi Hammond, freshman, Waverly: See above.

Shanell Baglini, junior, Athens: See above.

Andi Noldy, junior, Sayre: A relentless defender, Noldy was usually charged with defending the opponent’s best guard and normally kept them below their average.

Morgan Westbrook, senior, Athens: See above.

All-Overlooked Team
(This honors players who don’t get headlines, but do the little things coaches love)

Kaitlyn Testen, senior, Athens: Testen led the region in floor burns resulting from diving on the floor for loose balls. A hard-nosed defender, Testen played harder than anyone in the area.

Reagan Lynch, junior, Athens: Another player not afraid to hit the floor for a loose ball, Lynch was not afraid to bang around under the boards and has the potential to score a little bit for the Lady Wildcats next season.

Shailei Kraft, junior, Waverly: Another hard worker, Kraft plays the game in high gear at all times. She is a relentless rebounder and hard-nosed defender, who is not afraid of contact or getting on the floor for a loose ball.

Kirsten Schweiger, junior, Tioga: Schweiger did a little bit of everything for the Lady Tigers from handling the ball, knocking down an occasional jumper and getting after it defensively.

Sarah Hollenbeck, junior, Tioga: Hollenbeck came on strong at the end of the season for the Lady Tigers and showed she could be a major contributor offensively next season with her ability to run the court and knock down a 3-pointer.

Payers to Watch in 2016-17

Alex Tomasso, freshman, Waverly: After missing this season with a knee injury, the elder Tomasso sister should return next season and provide another potent scoring option alongside Nittinger and Hammond. Her ability to knock down the 3-pointer will loosen up opposing defense.

Stephanie Klovekorn, freshman, Sayre: A good defender, Klovekorn is a very good athlete and could develop quickly for the Lady Redskins.

Sara Strong, sophomore, Tioga: Strong showed the ability to score, rebound and distribute the basketball at the JV level. She could contribute immediately for the Lady Tigers.

Emma Adams, freshman, Athens: A very good athlete, Adams showed flashes of what she’s capable of this year. She could develop into a top-notch defender with the ability score a little as well.

Emily Polo Rankin, freshman, Tioga: Very quick and athletic, Polo Rankin could develop into a force on the defensive end. She can also knock down the 3-pointer and score in transition.

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IN PHOTO 1: Sayre’s Paige Wampole. IN PHOTO 2: Waverly’s Elle Nittinger. IN PHOTO 3: Waverly’s Wendi Hammond. IN PHOTO 4: Morgan Westbrook. IN PHOTO 5: Kaeli Sutryk. IN PHOTO 6: Athens’ Emily Lunger. IN PHOTO 7: Athens’ Shanell Baglini. … VSR STOCK PHOTOS.

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