Not only did the Rochester girls basketball team make an impression with its runner-up finish in a recent three-day tournament, but also a pair of players may have established themselves among the area’s best.
Penfield’s Makaila Wilson and Kayla Jackson at Aquinas led Rochester to a second-place finish in Johnson City, near Binghamton, at the Basketball Coaches Association of New York Summer Hoops Festival. Both rising juniors are AAU teammates, and can play at guard and forward.
Rochester won its first four games before losing to Hudson Valley, 69-60, in the festival’s final. Jackson and Wilson had double-digit point and rebound totals after each of Rochester’s five games. Jackson averaged 17 points with 12 rebounds, Wilson 15 and 11, largely as an effective combination playing near the basket or on the low post and at the top of the key or high post, respectively.
Rochester’s most frequently used starting lineup included 5-11 rising Fairport senior Caroline White, Palmyra-Macedon rising senior guard Riley Record and Edison rising sophomore Dyaisha Fair, with the 5-11 Wilson and Jackson.
“Record and Caroline were the only two kids back, so (opponents) really didn’t know what the team could do,” festival and Kendall varsity girls basketball coach Jeff Parizek said. “Makaila and Kayla were unstoppable.
“Seven of the 12 are going to be rising juniors.”
Jackson finished with 15 rebounds and 27 points, while Wilson had 15 during Rochester’s semifinal win over Central. Every player on the Rochester scored during the tournament, including the seven selections to the 2016 Democrat and Chronicle All-Greater Rochester first or second girls basketball teams.