USA TODAY High School Sports is proud to announce the ALL-USA Connecticut Girls Basketball Team. Players were selected based on their athletic achievements from the 2018-19 season.
NATIONAL: ALL-USA Girls Basketball Team
COACH OF THE YEAR
Rick Fuller, Norwalk
Norwalk polished off an undefeated season and captured the Class LL state title under Fuller’s guidance, culminating with a thrilling 55-53 nail-biter over New London. It was the Bears first state title since 2000 when Fuller was an assistant coach for Norwalk.
Player of the Year
Makenzie Helms, G, East Haven, 5-8, Sr.
Connecticut’s Gatorade Player of the Year and led the Yellowjackets to the Class L quarterfinals, averaging 26.5 points with 7.4 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game. A First Team All-State honoree, Helms will suit up for the Nebraska Cornhuskers this fall.
Olivia Summiel, F, Marianapolis Prep (Thompson), 6-1, Sr.
The Wake Forest signee averaged 14.5 points and 13.6 rebounds per game for a Golden Knights team that captured the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council this past season.
Taniyah Thompson, G, Hamden, 5-10, Sr.
Thompson exploded for 31 points in a 65-49 win over East Haven and eventually led the Green Dragons to the Class LL semifinals, earning First Team All-State honors along the way.
Tanayja London, G/F, Hillhouse (New Haven), 6-0, Sr.
London led all scorers with 17 points and 12 rebounds to help Hillhouse capture the Class L state title and the 10th overall championship in program history.
Iyanna Lops, F, Trinity Catholic (Stamford), 6-3, Sr.
The University of California-Bakersfield-bound Lops scored 26 points with nine rebounds and six blocks to lead Trinity Catholic to its first Class S state title in 13 years.
Susana Almeida, G, Danbury, 5-6, Sr.
Ashley Wilson, G, Norwalk, 5-6, Sr.
Xaryia Melendez, F, New London, 5-9, Sr.
Bridget Paulmann, G/F, Ludlowe (Fairfield), 5-5, Sr.
Kameryn King, G, Mercy (MIddletown), 5-5, Sr.