Kharysma Bryant, a guard at Bishop Kearney who received a scholarship at Niagara University, was named the state’s girls basketball player of the year in Class A.
Bryant scored 21.6 points a game as the Kings (18-4) won a Section V championship for the fourth consecutive year. She also averaged 9.5 rebounds and 4.5 steals.
Pittsford Sutherland senior Santita Ebangwese joined Bryant on the Class A all-state first team named by the New York State Sportswriters Association. Ebangwese averaged 14 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocked shots as a forward at Sutherland. She is a Syracuse volleyball recruit.
Greece Odyssey senior forward Karissa Birthwright was named one of the six best players in Class B. Birthwright, a College of Saint Rose-recruit, became the 21st player in Section V history to score 2,000 points. She averaged 26.5 points, 14.6 rebounds and 5.5 blocked shots, and finished with 2,099 points in six seasons.
The five first-team all-state players from Section V schools also include Romulus senior center Zoe McDonald and Jasper-Troupsburg senior guard McKenzie Prutsman in Class D.
Section V all-state girls basketball selections
(With players of the year)
Class AA player of the year: Lauren Brozoski (Long Island Lutheran- AIS). Fifth team: Dana Watts (Rush-Henrietta senior) forward. Sixth: Emma Guy (Penfield junior) forward/center. Seventh: Emily Nestler (Rush-Henrietta senior) forward. Ninth: Lauren Anten (Hilton senior) guard. Twelfth: Savannah Crocetti (Irondequoit senior) guard. Fourteenth: Candaisy Crawford (Webster Thomas senior) guard and Cameron Graupman (Hilton junior) guard.
Class A player of the year: Kharysma Bryant (Bishop Kearney senior) guard. First: Santita Ebangwese (Pittsford Sutherland senior) forward/center. Sixth: Shyana McLeod (Wayne senior) guard/forward. Ninth: Mara Sindoni (Canandaigua senior) guard. Eleventh: Princella McCullough (Bishop Kearney senior) forward/center. Thirteenth: Mia Morrison (Geneva senior) center/forward.
Class B player of the year: Casey Foley (Ardsley-I senior) guard. First: Karissa Birthwright (Greece Odyssey senior) forward. Third: Ashley Vanderwall (Palmyra-Macedon senior) guard. Sixth: Taylor VanThof (Livonia senior) guard/forward. Tenth: Sydney Jones (Midlakes junior) guard. Eleventh: Kelsey Polawski (Dansville senior) guard.
Class C co-players of the year: Liz Millea (Cooperstown-III junior) guard and Mckenna Maycock (Randolph-VI senior) guard. Second: Abbie Kelly (Byron-Bergen). Third: Megan Howell (Dundee senior) guard and Heidi Miller (Mynderse freshman) forward/guard. Fifth: Hannah Anderson (Caledonia-Mumford senior) guard/forward. Sixth: Maddy Walsh (East Rochester sophomore) guard. Seventh: Amber Edwards (Canisteo-Greenwood senior) forward and Rachel Sutryk (Addison senior) guard. Eighth: Gillian Flint (Caledonia-Mumford sophomore) guard and Michayla Salatel (Geneseo senior) guard. Ninth: Miranda Pompeo (Naples senior) center.
Class D player of the year: Paige McCormick (Heuvelton-X sophomore) guard/forward. First: Zoe McDonald (Romulus senior) center and McKenzie Prutsman (Jasper-Troupsburg senior) guard. Second: Leslie Moore (Canaseraga senior) forward/guard. Third: Morgan Stratton (Prattsburgh senior) forward. Fifth: Catherine Bialecki (Alfred-Almond senior) center. Sixth: Hannah Robbins (Prattsburgh senior) guard. Seventh: Olivia Cox (Lima Christian junior) forward and Annabelle Hinds (Northstar sophomore) guard. Eighth: Haley Brown (Elba senior) guard.