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All-Oakland County girls basketball team 2014-15 WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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In the past few years, there have been rumblings from the high school girls basketball community that the sport has been negatively impacted by the season switch nearly a decade ago.

Most of those concerns certainly have merit, but you canít necessarily tell that from the bumper crop of athletes that Oakland County turned out this year.

In addition to a very solid group of college-bound seniors, thereís a good group of juniors behind them, as well as a cadre of extremly impressive freshmen and sophomores.

More than that, the county ó represented by four teams in the quarterfinals and three in the semis ó had a pair of state championships, equalling the total claimed by the Upper Peninsula, and bettering the remainder of the entire state.

Here are the cream of the crop from the county this season:

DREAM TEAM

Erika Davenport, Sr. Clarkston

Honors: All-OAA Red, AP All-State, BCAMís Best of the BEST

The 2014 Class A player of the year might have had a more complete season as a senior, becoming one of the primary ball-handlers for the Wolves out of necessity, but pulling it of as if she were born to play the point. She finished with a 73-19 record in her four years at Clarkston, as well as 1,509 points and 995 rebounds, earning a spot among the top 50 players of the last 50 years in Oakland County. Davenport had 13 double-doubles in 19 regular-season games, averaging 22 points, 12.3 rebounds per game. Headed to Marquette.

Taylor Jones, Sr. Farmington Hills Mercy

Honors: All-Catholic, AP All-state, BCAMís Best of the BEST

Everyone expected the massive losses to graduation from the 2014 semifinal squad to take its toll on the Marlins, but Jones wouldnít let it. She willed Mercy to a district title, and more than earned every accolade that came her way in an outstanding senior season, finishing with more than 1,000 career points in a little less than three full varsity seasons, thanks to a 20.9 point-per game average. Headed to Oakland University.

Amber Jamison, Sr. Rochester Adams

Honors: All-OAA Red, AP All-State

If you looked right in the middle of almost every key moment for the Highlanders over the last four years, you probably saw Jamisonís No. 12 jersey. She was the rock in the middle for Adams, helping them win a pair of league titles, and compete after bumping up to the OAA Red this winter. She had 12 double-doubles in 19 regular-season games, averaging 15.3 points and 12.6 rebounds per contest. Headed to Northwestern.

Sam Thomas, Soph. Birmingham Marian

Honors: All-Catholic, AP All-State, BCAM Class A first team

The youngest starter for the two-time state champion Marian Mustangs played the biggest on the big stage, saving possibly the four best games of her young career for the semifinals and finals each of the last two seasons. She was the second-leading scorer (11.1 points) and leading rebounder (5.7) for the Mustangs. Is headed to Las Vegas with her family to finish out her prep career.

Destiny Pitts, Soph. Birmingham Detroit Country Day

Honors: AP All-State

Averaged 16 points, five rebounds per game in the regular season for the Yellowjackets, then exploded for six 3-pointers in a semifinal win over Goodrich, finishing with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Helped lead the Yellowjackets to their first state championship since 2009, and their state-record 11th overall.

Coach: Steve Robak, Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes

You could go with either coach who won a state title ó Birmingham Marianís Mary Cicerone or Birmingham Detroit Country Dayís Frank Orlando wouldíve been great picks ó but Robak took a team that was five games under .500 at the end of the regular season all the way to the semifinals.

FIRST TEAM

Gabi Bird, Sr. South Lyon East

Honors: All-KLAA Kensington, AP All-State, BCAM Class B first team

Nearly every record in the book for the young East program has Gabi Birdís name next to it, after a stellar four-year career. She holds the school career record for points (more 1,200), rebounds (more than 700), assists and steals, after helping East win its first district title as a senior. Is headed to Central Michigan.

Megan Carter, Sr. North Farmington

Honors: All-OAA Red, Special Mention AP All-State

Healthy as a senior, Carter boosted her scoring average by half again, dropping 18.8 points per game as a senior. Had just 15 turnovers in the regular season, despite playing in a tough league, chock full of stellar point guards. Headed to Kent State.

Antoinette Miller, Jr. Southfield-Lathrup

Honors: All-OAA Red, Special Mention AP All-State

Team captain for the OAA Red champion Chargers, Miller took a huge step forward in her junior season, becoming one of the stateís best point guards. Led the team with averages of 15 points and four assists per game, adding 5.4 rebounds.

Jessica Murphy, Sr. Oxford

Honors: All-OAA White, HM AP All-State, BCAM Class A first-team

A three-time all-league performer, and captain of the team that captured the programís first league title in 14 years, Murphy averaged 19 points, seven rebounds per game. Passed the 1,000-point plateau midway through her senior season. Sheís one of those born leaders that coaches dream about having as an extension of themselves on the floor. Headed to Wayne State.

Deja Church, Soph. Southfield-Lathrup

Honors: All-OAA Red, HM AP All-State

Second on the Chargers in scoring average (13.3 points) and steals (2.5 per game), Church blew up in the Chargersí biggest game of the season, scoring 15 first-half points (and 22 overall) against defending champion Marian in the regional semifinals. Is nearly impossible to stop once she gets up a head of steam, but can also hit from the outside.

Coach: Frank Orlando, Birmingham Detroit Country Day

No one questioned that the Yellowjackets had talent, but most thought they were a year or so away from winning a title. Or not. Orlando passed the 700-win plateau midway through the season, then capped it with his 11th state title, and first since 2009.

SECOND TEAM

Maria Zandi, Sr. Stoney Creek

Honors: All-OAA Red, HM AP All-State, BCAM Class A first team

The college-bound soccer player dominated play in the Lake Orion district ó a bracket that also included Davenport, Jamison and Murphy ó†scoring 65 points in three games to lead her team to a third district crown in her four-year career. Finished with the program record for steals in a season and career, and assists in a season and career.

Kristen Nelson, Jr. Farmington Hills Harrison

Honors: All-OAA Red, HM AP All-State

Season-ending injuries to Amber Stephens and Kyla Roland forced Nelson to carry the brunt of the scoring load for the Hawks in league play, and the junior rose to the occasion, putting together a stellar season.

Brittany Gray, Sr. Birmingham Marian

Honors: All-Catholic, HM AP All-State, HM BCAM

The ultra-athletic Gray can play any sport she puts her mind to ó†as evidenced by her school-record tying 12 varsity letters in four sports ó but her future lies in basketball, at Hillsdale. More often than not, Gray provided early scoring punch for the Mustangs, and she finished with 841 career points, a team-leading 591 of those in the past two seasons.

Taiye Bello, Jr. Southfield-Lathrup

Honors: All-OAA Red, HM AP All-State

The longest player on a team that had length to spare, Bello led the runaway OAA Red champions in blocks and rebounds ó†improving both stats over her sophomore season ó†and was third in scoring, as the teamís guards handled more of the scoring load this season.

Kara Holinski, Sr. Birmingham Marian

Honors: All-Catholic, HM AP All-State, BCAM Class A first team

Called the best captain in program history by longtime Mustang coach Mary Cicerone, Holinski was the unquestioned leader of a team that won 51 of its last 54 games, and a pair of state titles. Is headed to MIT to play basketball.

Coach: Mary Cicerone, Birmingham Marian

Sometimes, itís irrelevant that everyone expects you to win ó doing so is harder than it looks, especially when your team has a huge target on its back. Marian was dominant from start to finish this winter, never having a letdown game.

THIRD TEAM

Lauren Tewes, Sr. Waterford Kettering

Honors: All-KLAA Lakes, HM AP All-State

The warrior up front for the Captains never experienced second place in her four-year career, winning four KLAA North titles, and making two trips to the Association title game, and two trips to quarterfinals.

Bailey Thomas, Jr. Birmingham Marian

Honors: All-Catholic, HM AP All-State

Ranks as perhaps the best defender among all the great point guards that have come through the Marian program. Was the distributor for the Mustangs team that won a second straight championship. Has committed to West Virginia, but first will finish out her high school career in Las Vegas.

Makenzie Harbort, Soph. Birmingham Seaholm

Honors: All-OAA Blue, HM AP All-State, HM BCAM

Already within hailing distance of 1,000 points after just two seasons (passed the 700-point plateau this year), Harbort could own every mark in the book by the time her Maples career is done.

Kaitlyn Smith, Jr. Holly

Honors: All-Fint Metro, HM AP All-State, HM BCAM

Named the Flint Metro League MVP by one publication, Smith was one of the key components for the Bronchos, as they tried to repeat their dream season of a year earlier, making sure the dropoff was not very steep at all.

Amanda Lock, Sr. Lakeland

Honors: All-KLAA Lakes, HM BCAM

A rebounding machine, Lock averaged a double-double for the Eagles, coming back from missing her entire junior season following a pair of knee surgeries.

Coach: Scott Woodhull, Waterford Kettering

Led the Captains to a fifth straight KLAA North title, a Lakes Conference title, and a regional crown, before falling to Marian in the quarterfinals

FOURTH TEAM

Amanda Sape, Soph. Bloomfield Hills

Honors: All-OAA White, HM BCAM

Was a tower of strength in the middle for the Blackhawks, and is extremly tough to stop if she catches the ball down low.

Elise Gustafson, Sr. F Milford

Honors: All-KLAA Lakes

A four-year varsity letter winner for the Mavericks, Gustafson finished fourth in program history in scoring and third in rebounding. Will play at Tiffin University next season.

Haley Tewes, Jr. Waterford Kettering

Honors: All-KLAA Lakes

Became the Captainsí primary ballhandler down the stretch, and shone in the role. At nearly 6-foot, is very hard to stop going to the basket.

Jaimee Beckett, Sr. Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood

Honors: All-Catholic

A top-notch defender for the Cranes, Beckett was also the straw that stirred the drink for the team, making sure her teammates were all involved and making everyone else better.

Alex Troy, Jr. Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes

Honors: All-Catholic

What was different about the Lakers in the postseason, after a ho-hum regular season? They made sure Troy touched the ball on nearly every possession, and good things resulted.

Coach: Michele Marshall, Southfield-Lathrup

The Chargers didnít lose to a Michigan team until the regional semifinals, collecting an OAA Red title, and a district crown.

FIFTH TEAM

Sophie Savas, Sr. Birmingham Roeper

Honors: BCAM Class D first team

Formed a solid one-two punch with Akwia Tilton for the Roughriders, leading them to a district title. Rarely left the floor.

Rachel Grecky, Sr. Troy

Honors: All-OAA White

Averaged 14 points per game and 4.6 rebounds from the point guard position, helping the Colts secure second place in the OAA White.

Vanessa Bolling, Sr. Waterford Mott

Honors: All-KLAA Lakes

Perhaps the most consistent presence for the Corsairs, averaging nearly nine points and nine rebounds per game.

Stormeigh Mattison, Jr. Southfield

Honors: All-OAA Gold

Along with freshman sensation DíLayna Holliman and junior stalwart Kristilynn Defoe, Mattison helped lead the Bluejays to a Gold Division title. Mattison guarded all five positions for the ĎJays, and led the team in rebounds, blocks and steals.

Allison Karpinski, Sr. F Royal Oak

Honors: All-OAA Blue

The MVP of the first-ever league champion Ravens squad, Karpinski had six double-doubles, and finished as the programís career leader in blocked shots, third in career scoring and rebounding.

Dazia Dinkins, Sr. PG Rochester Adams

Made the most of her one season with the Highlanders, fitting in seamlessly, and allowing them to play a more up-tempo game than in years past. Was a one-player press-breaker for Adams.

ALL-SOPHOMORE TEAM

Mallory Barrett, Milford


Kierra Crockett, North Farmington

Maggie Rogers, Rochester Adams

Tylar Bennett, Birmingham Detroit Country Day

Lillia Schoof, Waterford Kettering

Jessica Russo, Madison Heights Bishop Foley

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

Courtney Callahan, Walled Lake Northern

Kayla Luchenbach, Clarkston

Ellie Mackay, Novi

Tiffany Senerius, Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes

DíLayna Holliman, G Southfield

Quinoche Carter, Birmingham Groves

Kaela Webb, Birmingham Detroit Country Day

Celia Gaynor, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep

Paola Barraza, Rochester

HONORABLE MENTION:

Cherilyn Banas, Sr. Oxford; Abby Bernhard, Sr. G Royal Oak Shrine; Reilly Carr, Sr. F Royal Oak Shrine; Katie Conrad, Sr. G Farmington Hills Harrison; Amber Davis, Jr. Oak Park; Kristilynn Defoe, Jr. Southfield; Skye Donaldson, Sr. Oxford; Alex Felice, Sr. F Novi; Renee Fischer, Sr. Madison Heights Bishop Foley; Ellie Ginis, Sr. West Bloomfield Frankel Jewish Academy; Kasianique Green, Sr. Pontiac; Bailey Haran, Sr. G Royal Oak; Rachel Harnish, Sr. West Bloomfield; Emily Heinrich, Sr. South Lyon; Laura Hohnstadt, Jr. Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest; Peyton Jones, Jr. South Lyon East; Kasey Josline, Sr. Troy Athens; Julia Kroll, Sr. Waterford Kettering; Brenna Lovera, Sr. Milford; Kadijah Lucas, Jr. Oak Park; Zora Pullen, Jr. Farmington Hills Mercy; Jaeda Robinson, Sr. Birmingham Marian; Jenna Rogers, Sr. Wixom St. Catherine of Siena; Toni Sarkesian, Waterford Mott; Cheryl Setlock, Wixom St. Catherine of Siena; Courtney Solek, Sr. Stoney Creek; Celia Somers, Jr. Berkley; Amber Stephens, Jr. G Farmington Hills Harrison; Akwia Tilton, Jr. Birmingham Roeper; Sierra Wangler, Sr. Farmington Hills Mercy; Alana Weyer, Sr. Lakeland; Evelyn Wischmeyer, Jr. Lake Orion;

Last Updated: 4/18/2015 4:57:52 PM EST


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