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All Valley girls basketball team

Meghan Strong is the 2012-13 All Valley team captain.

Meghan Strong is the 2012-13 All Valley team captain. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

The All-Valley team is a 12-player “roster” made up of student-athletes from schools within the Valley News coverage area, including AuSable Valley, Elizabethtown-Lewis, Keene, Westport and Willsboro.

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AuSable Valley head coach Roger Long

Coach: Roger Long

AuSable Valley

Long piloted his young team to the Section VII/Class C title before helping to engineer the upset of the state tournament, defeating defending state champ Hoosic Valley in the regional finals, sending the Lady Patriots to Troy for the state Final Four.

Starters

Captain: Meghan Strong

Guard, AuSable Valley

The catalyst behind the Lady Patriots run to the Final Four, Strong finished one point shy of the Valley scoring title with 310 points. She was the top three-point markswoman (46), while finishing second in field goals (111) and fourth in free throw makes (42), along with a 4.0 assists and 3.2 steals average.

Taylor Saltus

Guard, AuSable Valley

The perfect complement to her backcourt mate, Saltus helped the Patriots by averaging over five steals a game while being the fifth-leading scorer in the Valley with 244 points in her junior season. She was fourth with 99 field goals.

Brendee Russell

Guard, Westport

The Lady Eagles’ junior guard was the main offensive cog this season, scoring 270 points (third highest in the Valley) while connecting on an impressive, Valley-leading 73 free throws (next highest: 58). Russell hit 98 field goals.

Lily Whalen

Forward, Elizabethtown-Lewis

The junior leader of the Lady Lions was the Valley’s leading scorer on the season with 311 points. She also made more baskets (117) than her peers, while finishing second in free throws (58) and third in three’s (19).

Shonna Brooks

Forward, Elizabethtown-Lewis

The junior forward had the ability to dominate inside as score from the outside, collecting 251 points (fourth in the Valley) on 101 field goals (third). She also connected on 45 free throws (third) and was key on the glass for ELCS.

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