Parkersburg South pair anchor squad
HUNTINGTON – With so many outstanding girls basketball players in Class AAA this year, it was often hard to differentiate who exactly stood above everyone else.
Ironically, the girl that always rose to the top was also the same girl who likely stood smaller than most everyone on the list.
Parkersburg South point guard Taryn McCutcheon is only 5-foot-5, but her game played much bigger throughout the season as she led the Patriots to a 25-1 mark on the season.
Her on-court success plus those intangibles and maturity made McCutcheon the captain of the Class AAA First-Team All-State, as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
McCutcheon, who committed to Michigan State prior to her sophomore season, averaged 13.7 points, 7.2 assists and 3.9 steals per game.
She was joined on the first team by fellow Patriot Keya Bartlett, who added 15.5 points to give Parkersburg South a difficult tandem to tame.
Parkersburg South was one of two teams in the state to have a pair of first-team selections on the year. The other was Spring Valley, who placed Maddie Morris (21.3 points, 11 rebounds) and Sarah Kelly (13.1 points, eight assists, six rebounds, five steals) on the first-team.
Like McCutcheon, the junior Morris was a returning first-team selection and one of four on the first team. Other returning first-team selections included University senior Mariah Callen (17 points, 6.6 assists, 4.2 steals) and Logan junior Shayna Gore, who averaged 21.7 points, 6.8 assists and 6.2 rebounds per game.
Morgantown point guard Olivia Seggie represented the state champion Mohigans on the first team, possessing an all-around game that focused more on defensive pressure and taking care of the basketball than scoring.
Hurricane’s Abby Watson was one of the state’s top overall scorers, averaging 24.7 points and 12.5 rebounds to lead the Redskins.
Watson rounded out the talented Class AAA first team, which features just one senior (Callen), six juniors (Watson, Gore, Morris, Kelly, Seggie, Bartlett) and the sophomore McCutcheon.
Brooke’s Angela Staffileno was captain of the second team for the second-consecutive year.
Greenbrier East, which fell to Morgantown in the state semifinals, had a pair of second-team selections in senior Chaunte McDowell and junior Sydney Nunley.
Three sophomores were also on the second team: Huntington High’s Dazha Congleton, John Marshall’s Tori Derrow and Logan post player Monica Mitchell.
Hedgesville senior Carly Elliott and Martinsburg junior Kristen Nunn rounded out the second team.
Cabell Midland’s Sierra Jordan was named captain of the third team and was joined by teammate Emily Pitkin as they led the Knights to their first state tournament berth in two decades. They were the lone seniors on the third team.
Juniors Morgan Hilton of Shady Spring and Winfield’s Haylea Roberson were also third-team members while four sophomores rounded out the team.
Those sophomores were Parkersburg South’s Anna Hayton, St. Albans’ Torri Wilson, University’s Shelby Boyle and Morgantown’s Sydney Holloway.
Class AAA girls all-state team
As voted by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association
Taryn McCutcheon, Parkersburg South, soph. (capt.)
Mariah Callen, University, sr.
Shayna Gore, Logan, jr.
Maddie Morris, Spring Valley, jr.
Sarah Kelly, Spring Valley, jr.
Abby Watson, Hurricane, jr.
Olivia Seggie, Morgantown, jr.
Keya Bartlett, Parkersburg South, jr.
Chaunte McDowell, Greenbrier East, sr.
Angela Staffileno, Brooke, jr. (capt.)
Sydney Nunley, Greenbrier East, jr.
Dazha Congleton, Huntington High, soph.
Tori Derrow, John Marshall, soph.
Carly Elliott, Hedgesville, sr.
Monica Mitchell, Logan, soph.
Kristen Nunn, Martinsburg, jr.
Sierra Jordan, Cabell Midland, sr. (capt.)
Morgan Hilton, Shady Spring, jr.
Torri Wilson, St. Albans, soph.
Haylea Roberson, Winfield, jr.
Anna Hayton, Parkersburg South, soph.
Emily Pitkin, Cabell Midland, sr.
Shelby Boyle, University, soph.
Sydney Holloway, Morgantown, soph.
Courtney Reed, Buckhannon-Upshur; Brooklyn Perkey, Lewis County; Shae Chico, University; Sammie Parks, Morgantown; Brittany Sanders, Preston; Alexis Schoolcraft, Preston; Sarah Williams, Ripley; Brooke Kurucz, Parkersburg; Katelyn Byrd, Parkersburg South; Alanna Mobayed, George Washington; Brittany Wood, Riverside; Breanna Propst, St. Albans; Aaliyah Dunham, South Charleston; Taliah Cashwell, South Charleston; Savannah Shamblin, Nitro; Jaylyn Copeland, Spring Mills; Jordyn Dawson, Huntington; Kassidy Lemons, Spring Valley; Stephanie Bias, Cabell Midland; Ericka Budd, Huntington; Essence Underwood, Martinsburg; Taylor Ferguson, Martinsburg; Jaylyn Copeland, Spring Mills; Ericka Gordon, Hampshire; Morgan Adams, Washington; Bailey Filben, John Marshall; Emily Winters, John Marshall; Aaliyah Williams, Woodrow Wilson; Rebekah Cook, Woodrow Wilson; Ashley Culicerto, Princeton; Kaitlyn Goodman, Oak Hill; Chloe Honaker, Greenbrier East; Abigail Gwinn, Shady Spring; Alex Gray, Capital.