USA TODAY High School Sports is proud to announce the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Connecticut Girls Basketball Team. Players were selected based on their athletic achievements from the 2016-17 season.
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COACH OF THE YEAR
Holly Misto, New London
The third-year coach came frustratingly close to a state title in 2016 and led the Whalers to the top this season. New London rolled to a 24-2 record and knocked off top-seeded Trumbull in the Class LL championship game, 42-36.
Player of the Year
Angelique Rodriguez, G, Capital Prep (Hartford), 5-11, Sr.
Rodriguez fell short of a fourth state title in her four-year varsity career, but it’s hard to blame her efforts: 26.4 points and eight rebounds per game for the Class L semifinalists. A University of Pittsburgh commit, she was also a standout for Puerto Rico’s U18 National Team.
Sydney Lowery, G, St. Luke’s (New Canaan), 5-9, Sr.
The Boston College commit averaged 16 points and seven rebounds as the Storm reached the NEPSAC Class C semifinals.
McKenna Dale, G/F, E.O. Smith (Storrs), 6-0, Sr.
The state’s Gatorade Player of the Year averaged 23.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game in her fabulous senior season.
Lexi Kimball, F/G, Greens Farms Academy, 5-10, Sr.
A three-time NEPSAC All-Star, Kimball has committed to Georgetown and averaged 22.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.1 steals as a senior.
India Pagan, C/F, New London, 6-2, Sr.
A Stony Brook signee, Pagan helped lead the Whalers to the Class LL crown, averaging 11.5 points and 12.6 rebounds a game, and scoring a game-high 18 in the state final.
Jada Lucas, G, New London, 5-4, Sr.
Gyanna Russell, G, East Hampton, 5-9, Sr.
Kristen Teklits, G/F, New Fairfield, 5-8, Sr.
Caitlyn Dittman, C, St. Bernard (Uncasville), 6-1, Sr.
Claudia Tucci, F, Trumbull, 6-1, Sr.