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Four District 9 Players Named All-State in Girls Basketball

ALTOONA, Pa. – Four District 9 girls’ basketball players – three in Class 1A and one in Class 2A – were named Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State basketball players.

North Clarion’s Abby Gatesman, a senior, led the way with a first-team Class 1A selection, while Elk County Catholic’s Taylor Newton, a senior, was a second-team Class 1A choice, Coudersport’s Sarah Chambers, a junior, was a third-team Class 1A selection, and Redbank Valley’s Tara Hinderliter, a senior, was a third-team Class 2A selection.

Gatesman, the All American Awards & Engraving District 9 Player of the Year, averaged 14.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 3.1 steals per game while hitting 49 3-pointers. The Clarion University recruit finished her career with 1,232 career points and led North Clarion to a second-place finish in District 9 Class 1A and the PIAA quarterfinals, where the She-Wolves were scheduled to play Rochester when the COVID-19 pandemic ended the season.

Newton, a first-team All-District 9 choice, averaged 16.9 points, 12.3 rebounds, 4.6 steals, 3.2 assists, and 2.1 steals per game while shooting 51 percent from the field. She recorded 23 double-doubles on the season and finished her career with 1,397 career points. Newton helped ECC to a third-place finish in District 9 Class 1A. Newton, the 2019 PIAA High Jump champion, will continue her athletic career at Pitt in track and field.

Chambers, a first-team All-District 9 selection, averaged 13.6 points, 11.11 rebounds, 4.2 blocks, 3.7 steals, and 2.6 assists per game. She led Coudersport to the District 9 Class 1A title and the PIAA quarterfinals. The Lady Falcons were set to play Kennedy Catholic when the COVID-19 pandemic ended the season.

Hinderliter, a first-team All-District 9 selection, averaged a District 9-leading 21.1 points, 4.2 steals, and 3.9 rebounds per game. She finished her career with 1,401 points, the second-most in school history and joins her sister, Brooke, who was a four-time All-State performer (two third-team 2A choices, two third-team 2A selections), on the All-State team. Hinderliter led Redbank Valley to the District 9 Class 2A title, the school’s first since 1998, and the second round of the PIAA playoffs. She is headed to Penn State-DuBois to play basketball.

The 2019-20 Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class 2A and Class 1A All-State Girls’ Basketball teams, including each player’s school, height, class, and scoring average.

First team
Alli Campbell, Bellwood-Antis, 6-0, Sr., 28.6
Jojo Lacey, Westtown, 6-0, Sr., 12.0
Kaitlyn Maxwell, Everett, 5-7, Sr., 29.5
Halee Smith, Juniata Valley, 5-10, Sr., 18.6
Makennah White, West Middlesex, 6-1, Sr., 25.8
Second team
Jumoke Adaramoye, Linden Hall, 6-2, Sr., 8.7
Mercy Ademusayo, Linden Hall, 6-5, Jr., 12.5
Sakeria Haralson, Bellwood-Antis, 6-0, Sr., 13.4
Bella Hunt, Bishop McCort, 5-11, Sr., 14.5
Natalie Jasper, Ellis, 5-6, Jr, 22.9
Jordan Karmonick, Mahanoy Area, 5-6, Sr., 14.6
Dani Rae Renno, Mount Carmel, 6-2, Jr., 17.1
Third team
Diajha Allen, Bishop Canevin, 5-6, Sr., 17.7
Olivia Ciullo, Old Forge, 5-8, Jr., 17.5
Maya Ettle, Moravian, 6-4, Sr., 12.3
Teresa Haigh, Bishop Guilfoyle, 6-0, Jr., 15.7
Tara Hinderliter, Redbank Valley, 5-5, Sr., 21.1
Sanaa Redmond, Shipley, 5-6, Jr., 21.5
Player of the year — Alli Campbell, Bellwood-Antis
Coach of the year — Kristi Kaack, Bishop Guilfoyle

First team
Abby Gatesman, North Clarion, 5-10, Sr., 14.6
Jessica King, Sullivan County, 6-1, Sr., 16.7
Malia Magestro, Kennedy Catholic, 5-8, Sr., 26.7
Paige Mott, Abington Friends, 6-0, Sr., 12.5
Alexis Robison, Rochester, 5-7, Jr., 19.1
Second team
Emily Garvin, Northumberland Christian, 5-6, So., 18.2
Corynne Hauser, Rochester, 5-7, So., 16.0
Taylor Huyck, Susquehanna, 5-8, Sr., 15.7
Maria McConnell, Blacklick Valley, 5-11, Jr., 21.0
Carly Mulvaney, Jenkintown, 5-10, Jr., 16.8
Taylor Newton, Elk County Catholic, 5-11, Sr., 16.9
Third team
Sarah Chambers, Coudersport, 6-0, Jr., 13.6
Ashanti Duncan, Lancaster Country Day, 6-0, Sr., 15.3
Emily Lockard, Benton, 6-0, Jr., 19.0
Zaniyyah Ross-Barnes, Abington Friends, 5-11, Jr., 14.2
Mackenzie Steele, Susquehanna, 6-1, Sr., 12.4
Kenedy Stroup, Greenwood, 5-10, Sr., 19.8
Player of the year — Malia Magestro, Kennedy Catholic
Coach of the year — Jim Romano, Jenkintown