Overall, it was another banner year for women’s basketball in The Reporter/Times Herald/Montgomery Media region.
Plymouth Whitemarsh had a perfect season, going 34-0 and winning the SOL Liberty, SOL Tournament, District 1 6A and PIAA 6A titles. Archbishop Wood went back-to-back as a Class 4A PIAA champion, beating Lansdale Catholic in Hershey to mark the first-ever state title game between two Philadelphia Catholic League women’s programs.
Seniors everywhere have made the most of their last round while many players have staged break seasons and a new generation of names have emerged to put themselves on the map.
Archbishop Carroll went 10-0 in the PCL regular season and played for his second Catholic League title in the past four years. Both Abington and Upper Dublin qualified for the SOL Liberty Out-of-States, Upper Moreland won their second consecutive SOL Freedom title and Souderton returned to the top of a still highly competitive SOL Colonial division.
Germantown Academy battled in a loaded Inter-Ac and the young Patriots found their way to the PAISAA Semi-Finals, Methacton were the best regular season team in the PAC, Faith Christian Academy finally took the over their longtime rival Jenkintown in the District 1 One Title Game. After three years of heartbreak, the Gwynedd Mercy Academy seniors finally won an elusive AACA tournament title, later adding another District title 1 4A and a run to the state quarterfinals.
It’s been a great year for the local junior class, with many third-year players in the region having stellar seasons. Add them to a crowd of sophomores and freshmen returning with the benefit of another summer of work and the intrigue of next year’s freshman class and the local talent pool seems deeper than ever.
Until then, here’s a look at the 2021-22 all-area squads.
Kaitlyn Flanagan, Sr, Plymouth Whitemarsh >> All-Region Player of the Year, Flanagan was the bandleader of the undefeated Colonials. His averages of 7.7 points per game and 5.5 assists per game aren’t overwhelming, but no one ever seemed to have a good way to slow down the Holy Cross rookie when it mattered. The 5-foot-8 guard, who repeated as a first-team All-SOL Liberty selection, will graduate as PW’s assist leader.
Ryanne Allen, Sr, Archbishop Wood >> Allen entered his final season as a Viking with high expectations and delivered. The Vanderbilt rookie, who played in Friday’s All-American Jordan Brand Classic game, was spectacular early on and was named Philadelphia Catholic League MVP, Wood’s first since 2004. Showcasing an all-around offensive game, the 6-foot-1 Allen averaged 17 points per game, 3.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 steals for Wood, scoring his 1,000th point early in the campaign and finishing No. 2 in all-time with 1,418 career points. Stats aside, which included 17 in her second state title game, Allen made a huge impact as a captain who reveled in her teammates’ successes.
Abby Sharpe, Jr, Plymouth Whitemarsh >> Sharpe’s rising junior season lined up with all of the Colonials’ successes. The 5-foot-11 guard, who signed to Penn last weekend, led the state champions in scoring at 14.3 points per game and capped off his season with a gem, scoring 26 in the state finals on 10-of-13 shooting. Sharpe, a first-team All-SOL Liberty selection, went from shooting specialist to three-tier scorer and brought out some of her best efforts in the PW’s most important matches.
Lainey Allen, Sr, Plymouth Whitemarsh >> After two difficult years dealing with injuries and Covid, Allen has had a healthy and efficient senior season. The University of Maryland – Eastern Shore rookie used every bit of his 6-foot-2 frame and athleticism to wear down Colonial opposition. Rebounding strength — including a 20-rebound effort in the playoffs — Allen was just as good at ground running, often outpacing guards and finishing on his way to season averages of 12.5 ppg, 10 rebounds, two interceptions and 1.5 blocks and first team All Honors SOL Liberty.
Gabby Casey, Jr, Lansdale Catholic >> Casey raised her game again as a junior and this time brought the Crusaders with her. The 5-foot-9 winger, an acrobat on offense and a wrecking ball on defense, loaded the book with averages of 22 points per game, nine rebounds, 3.5 assists, 3.5 steals and 1. 2 blocks. A recent commitment to St. Joe and a first-team All-PCL pick, Casey had a career-high 40 points—also a program record—in the PCL regular season, scored his 1,000th point in the tournament. state and helped LC achieve their first PIAA title game.
Wax Worley, Jr, Abington >> Worley started his season with a record-breaking performance and hardly slowed down in an explosive junior campaign. The 6-foot-1 winger wanted to be more than a shooter and that’s just what she did with an aggressive game that saw plenty of solid holds at the rim to establish her long-range skill. First-team All-SOL Liberty pick, Worley averaged 20.3 points per game in addition to 5.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and two steals per game and topped 1,000 points early in the season. january.
Nicole Timko, Sr, Methacton >> The Warriors record book is a lot different than it was four years ago thanks to Timko. An elite scorer from day one, the 5-foot-9 guard was as prolific as ever in his last campaign with 18.8 points per game while breaking Methacton’s scoring record with 1,748 career points and 268 career 3-pointers, more than anyone in school history. The rookie Christopher Newport also had 5.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game for the Warriors.
Grace O’Neill, Sr, G, Archbishop Carroll
Erin Daley, Jr, F, Plymouth Whitemarsh
Jordyn Thomas, Sr, F, Plymouth Whitemarsh
Hannah Griffin, Jr, G Gwynedd Mercy Academy
Casey Harter, Jr, G, Souderton
Bri Bowen, Sr, F, Archbishop Wood
Deja Evans, Jr, F Archbishop Wood
Emily Spratt, Sr, G, BC West
Jaida Helm, Jr, F Abington
Sofia Coleman, Sr, G, Gwynedd Mercy Academy
Bianca Coleman, Sr, G, Gwynedd Mercy Academy
Archbishop Wood: Delaney Finnegan (Jr, F)
Archbishop Carroll: Taylor Wilson (Jr, F), Brooke Wilson (So, G)
Faith Christian: Bella Forker (Sr, G)
Gwynedd Mercy Academy: Maddie Newell (Sr, G)
Germantown Academy: Isabella Casey (So, G), Kendall Bennett (Jr, F), Jess Aponik (So, G)
Hatboro-Horsham: Alice Hall (Sr, F)
Jenkintown: Katie McGrath (Sr, G)
Lansdale Catholic: Olivia Boccella (So, G)
Lower Moreland: Jess Dugo (Sr, G)
Methactone: Mairi Smith (Jr, F)
Mount Saint Joseph Academy: Lauren Hoffman (Jr, G), Georgia Pickett (Jr, F)
North Penn: Caleigh Sperling (So, G)
Pennridge: Katie Yoder (Jr, G)
Souderton: Teya McConnaha (Jr, F)
Upper Dublin: Amy Ngo (So, G)
Upper Moreland: EmmyFaith Wood (Jr, G), Holly Gohl (So, F)
Wissahickon: Kaitlyn McGreary (Jr, F)