Central York lost to Central Dauphin, 40-36, in the District 3 Class 6-A title game. York Dispatch
Red Lion junior Makiah Shaw and Delone Catholic sophomore Giana Hoddinott enjoyed breakout basketball seasons in 2019-2020.
West York senior Alayna Harris, meanwhile, finished off a standout career with the Bulldogs.
Those performances helped Shaw, Hoddinott and Harris earn player-of-the-year honors from the York-Adams League girls' basketball coaches.
Shaw was honored in Division I, Harris was selected in D-II and Hoddinott was recognized in D-III.
The coaches also picked the league's top sideline leaders. Central York's Scott Wisner (D-I) and Delone Catholic's Gerry Eckenrode (D-III) won outright coach-of-the-year honors, while West York's James Kunkle and Gettysburg's Jeff Bair shared the D-II accolade.
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Shaw, Wisner take D-I awards: Shaw was a solid player for the Lions as a sophomore in 2018-2019, averaging just a tick more than nine points per game. The 6-footer, however, really blossomed as a junior, pumping up her scoring average 16 points per contest. She also averaged 5.2 rebounds per game.
Her improvement was a major reason that the Lions went from 12-11 in 2018-2019 to 21-8 this past season. The Lions finished second in the final Y-A D-I standings, finished fourth in the District 3 Class 6-A playoffs and qualified for the state playoffs.
Wisner, meanwhile, has led the Panthers to a surprisingly successful season that has included a Y-A D-I title, a District 3 Class 6-A runner-up finish and a berth in the state quarterfinals. After Tuesday's win over Central Bucks East, the Panthers stand at 23-5 overall.
Division II honorees: In D-II, the 5-11 Harris has been a constant force for the Bulldogs during her standout career. This past season, she averaged just under 10 points per game, helping the Bulldogs earn a share of the D-II regular-season title with Gettysburg at 13-1. West York finished at 21-7 overall and finished fourth in the District 3 Class 4-A playoffs and qualified for the state tournament.
That success earned Kunkle a share of the D-II coaching honors with Bair, who has guided Gettysburg to a 27-3 overall record entering Wednesday's PIAA Class 5-A second-round contest vs. Abington Heights. The Warriors also won their first-ever District 3 Class 5-A championship.
Delone sweeps D-III awards: In D-III, it's hardly surprising that Delone swept the major awards.
The defending PIAA 3-A state champion Squirettes (26-1 overall) dominated the division with a 12-0 mark.
They then cruised to the District 3 3-A title and have easily advanced to the state 3-A Elite Eight.
That earned Eckenrode, who has guided the Squirettes to four state championships, the D-III coaching honor. That was no great shock.
What was more unexpected was Hoddinott's emergence as a sophomore. As a freshman on the state title team, Hoddinott was a role player, averaging around five points per game. This season, the 5-9 wing player is averaging more than 13 points per game.
She's just part of a sophomore-dominated Delone team that figures to be a state force for at least a couple more seasons.
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YORK-ADAMS LEAGUE BASKETBALL HONORS
(Selected by league's coaches)
Coach of the Year: Scott Wisner, Central York.
Player of the Year: Makiah Shaw, Red Lion.
First team: Morgan Adams, New Oxford; Sarah Berman, Central York; D'Shantae Edwards, Dallastown; Ella Kale, Spring Grove; Haley Wagman, Spring Grove.
Second team: Bella Chimienti, Central York; Lexi Hoffman, Spring Grove; Aniya Matthews, Dallastown; Emily Prowell, Central York; Sabria Royal, York High.
Honorable mention: Julia Beiler, Red Lion; Asia Eames, Red Lion; Madeline Lehker, South Western; Chloe Tollinger, Red Lion.
Co-Coaches of the Year: Jeff Bair, Gettysburg, and James Kunkle, West York.
Player of the Year: Alayna Harris, West York.
First team: Anne Bair, Gettysburg; Alyssa Hocker, York Suburban; Cheyenne Proctor, Gettysburg; Lexie Kopko, Kennard-Dale; Mara Weaver, Eastern York.
Second team: Camryn Felix, Gettysburg; Alainna Hopta, West York; Jordyn Jennings, Northeastern; Addison Malone, Eastern York; Alyssa Zorbaugh, West York.
Honorable mention: Kiyanna Dowling, York Suburban; Kelsey Gemmill, Susquehannock; Breana Grim, Eastern York; Makennah Hoffman, West York; Jaedyn McKeon, Kennard-Dale; Taylor Richardson, Gettysburg.
Coach of the Year: Gerry Eckenrode, Delone Catholic.
Player of the Year: Giana Hoddinott, Delone Catholic.
First team: Hannah Chenault, Bermudian Springs; Brooke Lawyer, Delone Catholic; Bailey Oehmig, Bermudian Springs; Molly Watkins, Littlestown; Skyler West, Bermudian Springs.
Second team: Gabby Coley, York Catholic; Ava Collins, York Catholic; Abby Jacoby, Delone Catholic; Drew Kile, York Catholic; Jaycie Miller, Hanover; Abby Vingsen, Delone Catholic.
Honorable mention: Samantha Bulik, York Catholic; Myla Garber, Biglerville; Tianna Gray, Hanover; Maggie Hughes, Delone Catholic; Katie Woolson, Biglerville.