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SUN-7 Girls Basketball All-Stars: Repeat selections Galus, Heinold joined by three newcomers to First Team

First Team

• Emily Carias (Sr.) G, Eden High School
The senior guard led Eden with 11.5 points per game, along with averaging three steals and four assists, as one of the few returning starters after contributing to successful teams the previous two years. A point guard, she was able to beat one and two defenders at a time, kept Eden out of trouble when teams pressed and could drive and dish the ball to create offense. She helped Eden to a 10-10 mark.

• Natalie Galus (Sr.) F, Frontier High School
The senior forward led Frontier with 15.8 points per game and 6.6 rebounds while making history for the Falcons by becoming the first female player at the school to score 1,000-career points. She finished with 1,045. She’ll also leave with the school’s single-game record of 36 points. The four-year starter and four-time Sun-7 First Team selection will continue playing basketball at Division II Daemen while studying Spanish.

• Taylor Heinold (Sr.) G/F, Immaculata Academy
The senior guard enjoyed a second straight season averaging 20-plus points, scoring 508 in 25 games. The four-year starter eclipsed 1,000-career points and then became the school’s all-time scoring leader. She exhibited her all-around talents by averaging 7.1 rebounds and racking up 75 steals, 61 assists and 52 blocked shots, while leading Immaculata to a 20-win season. The repeat SUN-7 First Team selection will continue to play next year at Division II Daemen.

• Melanie Linsmair (Soph.) G/F, Lake Shore High School
The sophomore forward/guard is this year’s youngest first-team selection after averaging a team-leading 11 points, along with being an all-around contributor with 153 rebounds, 93 steals and 58 assists. The athletic and gritty player was also unselfish in her second year as a starter, dishing to teammates even with open looks. She also caused havoc on the defensive end with her aggressive play for 15-5 Lake Shore.

• Kendra Quinn-Moultrie (Jr.) F, Hamburg High School
The junior forward bursted on to the scene with 286 points in her first-year as a full-time starter. She helped Hamburg to a 19-2 season and second straight appearance in the sectional final. Along with her 13.6 points per game, she was second on the team with 140 rebounds and played some stellar defense, recording 24 steals as an athletic big for Hamburg.

Second Team

• Miranda Aikin (Sr.) G, Lake Shore High School
The senior three-year varsity point guard averaged 8.0 points, dished out 60 assists, while bringing energy and quickness on defense which led to her 97 steals. Despite her size, she showed tremendous heart and determination, grabbing 68 rebounds.

• Jill Ford (Jr.) G, Hamburg High School
The junior guard stepped into the starting role at the point and scored 185 points, good for second on the team with a nine-point average, along with notching 65 assists, 30 rebounds and seven blocks. Athletic and quick, Ford led an inexperienced backcourt.

• Jordan Heinold (Fr.) F, Immaculata Academy
The freshman forward is well on her way to following in the footsteps of her 1,000-point scoring sister, Taylor, with a scoring average of 10.8 with 267 points, along with grabbing a team-leading 278 rebounds during a 21-4 season. She added 51 steals.

• Caisey Lipka (Jr.) G, Frontier High School
The junior guard stepped her game up this season averaging 7.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a third-year varsity player. The hard-working Lipka, who shared the backcourt with twin sister, Kaitlyn, was key during a nine-win season for Frontier.

• Taylor Wolf (Sr.) F, Hamburg High School
The athletic senior power forward racked up 174 points, 164 rebounds, 38 blocks and 35 assists during Hamburg’s 19-2 season. A third-year varsity player, she was the only returning senior starter helping her team to consecutive sectional finals.

Honorable Mention

(Michaela Stepniak (Sr.) F/G, Lake Shore High School; Kathryn Halloran (Jr.) F, Immaculata Academy)

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