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Lady Chiefs Linder, Ducatte make all-state girls basketball team lists

PLATTSBURGH — Eight Section VII girls varsity basketball players were named to All-State teams by the New York State Sportswriter’s Association for the 2011-12 season.

The local selections were led by the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference’s MVP, Saranac’s Stephanie Linder, who was named to the Class B third team. Linder, a senior, led the Lady Chiefs to the NYSPHSAA Class B final four and averaged a double-double throughout the playoffs.

Westport’s Willa McKinley was named to the Class D third team. The senior led the Eagles in scoring and became a feared shooter from behind the three-point arc as the season progressed.

Meg Smith, the Indian Lake/Long Lake center who had a strong season as the Lady Orange defended their Section VII/Class D title with wins over Westport and Elizabethtown-Lewis, was named a member of the fifth team in Class D.

Marle Curle, who piloted the Plattsburgh High Lady Hornets’ offense, was named to the sixth team in Class B. Curle was the Hornets’ top scorer and ran the offense from the point guard position.

Elizabethtown-Lewis’ Lily Whalen was named a member of the Class D sixth team. Whalen helped lead the Lady Lions to the top local Class D seed and a trip to the sectional finals.

Lake Placid’s Danielle Balestrini was named to the eighth team in Class C. Balestrini was the Blue Bombers’ leading scorer.

Beekmantown forward Shannon Ryan was named to the ninth team in Class B as a freshman. Ryan led her team and the CVAC in scoring and was half of the CVAC’s first family this season; as her brother, Keegan, also was the top boys scorer in the conference.

Alisha Ducatte, the Saranac senior guard who made several key shots from long range during the Lady Chiefs’ run to the final four, was named to the Class B 10th team.

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