Batavia guard Tiara Filbert and Livonia’s Molly Stewart led their high school girls basketball teams to unprecedented results this past season.
That is one reason why both seniors were named first-team all-state by the New York State Sportswriters Association in an announcement Tuesday that included all five classifications.
Batavia (20-3) won a Section V girls basketball championship for the first time in the team’s history. Filbert, a versatile 5-foot-9 guard/forward, was at the heart of the drive, as she scored 19.3 points a game while averaging 12.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 4.6 steals.
Filbert, the 2016 Democrat and Chronicle All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year, plans to continue playing at Division II Daemen College in Amherst, Erie County.
The Class A all-state first team consisted of five players, plus the player of the year.
“Not many people around here get noticed,” Filbert said. “Out of all of the good players out there, I was considered, so it’s pretty humbling.
“Last year, we had a pretty good team, too. We lost some seniors to graduation, but we had some young, talented players step in. Even with the loss of a starter, we all rallied together and were able to do our thing out there. I wasn’t sure we could do it, but at the end, it was something special to hold that trophy.”
Stewart, at 15.4 points a game, was the leading scorer on a Livonia Bulldogs team that won the Class B New York state championship, then reached the Federation Tournament of Champions final. The 5-9 guard also averaged 6.9 rebounds and 4 assists a game.
Northstar Christian junior Annabelle Hinds and Prattsburgh senior Megan McAllister also were first-team members in Class D. Hinds, a 5-8 guard/forward led the Knights in points (26.3), rebounds (7.6), steals (6.1) and blocked shots (1.6).
“For me, the older I get, the more I practice,” Hinds said. “The amount of practice I’ve done, I’ve been on the court more than I’m not on it.
“I’ll get to school at 5:30 a.m. and shoot. That’s always fun, it’s just me. I’m excited, we as a team can only get better.”
All-State girls basketball teams
Selections from Section V
Class AA Player of the Year: Dominique Toussaint, sr. G (Christ the King); Fifth team: Emma Guy, sr. C (Penfield) and Makaila Wilson, soph. G (Penfield); Tenth: Cameron Graupman, sr. G (Hilton); Fourteenth: Caroline White, jr. F (Fairport).
Class A co-Players of the Year: Corinn Baggs, sr. G/F (Staten Island Academy) and Meg Hair, soph. G (Jamesville-DeWitt); First: Tiara Filbert, sr. G/F (Batavia); Sixth: Rosa Graham, sr. G (Bishop Kearney); Seventh: Jayla Myles, sr. C (Our Lady of Mercy); Tenth: Kayla Jackson, soph. G/F (Aquinas) and Brooke Wolf, sr. G (Brighton); Eleventh: Bailey Pratt, sr. G (Wayne); Thirteenth: Rachel Benedict, sr. G (Brockport).
Class B Player of the Year: Daisha Davis, jr. F (East Harlem Pride); First: Molly Stewart, sr. G; Third: Melissa Mineti, sr. G (Livonia); Sixth: Chantre Milliner, sr. F/C (Hornell) and Sydney Jones, sr. G (Midlakes); Twelfth: Rayanna Anderson, sr. G (Wellsville); Thirteenth: Jadyn Abrams, soph. G (Batah);
Class C Player of the Year: Liz Millea, sr. G (Cooperstown); Second: Mackenzie Kenyon, jr. G (South Seneca), Gillian Flint, jr. G (Caledonia-Mumford) and Kelsey Shaulis, jr. G (South Seneca); Fourth: Adrianna Molisani, sr. G (Caledonia-Mumford); Fifth: Demetria Woodard, sr. F (Gananda); Sixth: Maddy Walsh, jr. G (East Rochester); Eighth: Julia Mertsock, soph. G/F (Letchworth) and Taylor Sutryk, jr. G (Addison); Ninth: Kelsy Hastings, soph. G (Letchworth).
Class D Player of the Year: Paige McCormick, jr. G (Heuvelton); First: Megan McAllister, sr. C (Prattsburgh) and Annabelle Hinds, jr. G/F (Northstar Christian Academy); Second: Savannah Brewington, soph. G; Third. Hailey Stratton, sr. F (Prattsburgh); Fifth: Alex Reigle, sr. G (Elba), Mary Ellen Querrie, soph. G; and Emily Eckel, sr. G (Hammondsport); Sixth: Taylor Clar, sr. G (Wheatland-Chili); Seventh: Lauren Robbins, soph. G Prattsburgh; Eighth: Sara Kuhn, jr. C (Whitesville); Ninth: Rachel Curtis, sr. G (Finney), Sadie Mapstone, jr. G (Romulus) and Olivia Cox, sr. F (Lima Christian).