Three local girls earn All-State hoop honors

John Gokey, The TelegramFranklin Academy junior Madison Ansari, shown taking a jump shot during the state playoff game against Averill Park in early March, earned state-wide recognition when she was named as a Class A All-State selection for girls basketball by the New York State Sportswriters Association late on Wednesday evening.

Three of the 16 female players from Section 10 who were selected to a NYSSWA girls basketball All-State Team are from Franklin County, with Franklin Academy’s Madison Ansari leading the way as an Eighth Team selection in Class A, while senior teammate Leah Gallagher was listed as an Honorable Mention. The only other Franklin County player named to an All-State Team is Chateaugay junior Chloe Champagne, who was an Honorable Mention in Class D.

Ansari, a 5-foot-10 junior, averaged 17.7 points per game for the Huskies, who defeated rival Massena for the Section 10 Class A championship crown, but then lost in the opening round of the NYSPHSAA playoffs to Averill Park before the remainder of the 2019-20 winter sports season was cancelled.

Canton teammates Katie Chisholm and Sarah Sieminski, both seniors, also earned state honors in Class B, with Chisholm named to the Fifth Team, while Sieminski was a Tenth-Team selection. Ogdensburg junior Emily Farrand was named as a Class B Honorable Mention.

Two Section 10 players earned a spot as Class C selections, with St. Lawrence Central senior Marissa McLean named to the Sixth Team, while Madrid-Waddington senior Alexis Sullivan was a Ninth-Team honoree.

The Northern Athletic Conference had five players named to All-State Teams in Class D, with Hammond junior Avery Kenyon leading the way as a First Team recipient. Kenyon helped the Red Devils to the Section 10 championship crown by averaging 21 points per outing, while senior teammate Kelsey Bennett was a Fifth Team selection. Edwards-Knox senior Abby Hart was placed on the Fourth Team in Class D, with junior teammate Lucy Frary listed as a Sixth Team honoree. Heuvelton senior Rayna Cameron earned a spot on the Eighth Team, while Hammond senior Kylie Vaughn and Harrisville junior Tori Moore joined Chateaugay’s Champagne as an Honorable Mention for Class D.

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