York College’s Brittany Hicks is Capital Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year.
York College's Brittany Hicks is Capital Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year. (FILE PHOTO)

York Catholic High School graduate Brittany Hicks is the Capital Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year.

Hicks is one of four members of the Spartans' team honored by the league on Monday.

York head coach Betsy Witman, a Hanover High School graduate, was named the CAC Coach of the Year, while Hicks and Kristen Haley were named to the All-CAC First Team. Senior point guard Aja Wallpher was named to the second team.

The Spartans finished the regular season at 23-2, capturing the regular-season CAC championship for the second time in school history. York then dispatched Marymount in the semifinals and defeated No. 2 seed Christopher Newport 66-53 in the championship game for the CAC Tournament title. It is the second tournament crown for the Spartans.

Hicks becomes the Spartans' third conference player of the year. Guard Heather Kessler earned the honor after the 2003-04 season and Keli Ward won the award after the 2008-09 season.

Hicks enters the NCAA Division III Tournament averaging 16.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. She is shooting 51.1 percent from the floor, 39.4 percent from 3-point range and 77.7 percent from the foul line.

"There is no question Brit was the best player in our league," Witman said. "Her ability to take over games is impressive. She is a complete player who just competes so hard. It is great to see her earn the Player of the Year award."

Hicks recently crossed 1,500 career points and now ranks fifth on the all-time scoring list with 1,535 points. She has a school-record 40 career double-doubles, including 13 this season. Hicks is second in the CAC in scoring, second in rebounding, first in free throw attempts, second in free throws made, fourth in field goals made and third in field goal percentage.

Haley makes her fourth appearance on the All-CAC squad. She was the CAC Rookie of the Year in 2011 along with being a second-team selection. Haley was a second-team pick as a sophomore and was a first-team honoree last year. Haley is second on the team in scoring and rebounding at 13.8 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game. She has blocked a team-leading 40 shots while shooting 49 percent from the floor and 70.6 percent from the free throw line.

Haley has also eclipsed 1,500 career points and now sits behind Hicks and Ward in seventh place at 1,517 points. She has played in a school-record 113 games, tying her with fellow senior Kelsey Murphy for that honor. Haley holds the career school record for blocked shots with 179 and is fourth on the all-time rebounding list with 872. She is first in the CAC in blocked shots.

Wallpher is making her third appearance on the All-CAC squad. She was a first teamer in 2012, a second teamer as a junior and a second teamer again this season. Wallpher is averaging 5.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and a team-high 6.6 assists per game. Wallpher leads the team with 2.6 steals per game, ranking her fourth in the CAC.

Wallpher is the Spartans' all-time leader in assists with 711 and she is 21 away from establishing a new conference record. She owns the Spartans' career steals record at 378.

The Coach of the Year award is the fourth for Witman. She enters the NCAA playoffs with a career mark of 295-192 in her 17th year. Witman was honored with the CAC Coach of the Year award in 2002, 2009 and 2011.