2017-18 All-Herald Girls Basketball Team: No shortage of talent among our 10 stars on hardwood

Published on Tuesday, 10 April 2018 14:23
Written by SHELBY IAVA


The girls basketball teams in our area saw quite a bit of success this winter. Six of the seven teams were able to reach their respective state tournaments, with all having to overcome an obstacle or two throughout the year.

Our 2017-18 All-Herald Girls Basketball Team features many of the area’s great players. Some have appeared on this list before, while others are earning a spot for the first time. No matter the case, all 10 of our selections are worthy.

Southington finished the regular season with the area’s best record, at 15-5, and finished 17-6 overall. The Blue Knights lost in the first round of the Class LL state tournament to Glastonbury.

Southington, one of the youngest and toughest teams to contend with in the area, places two on our All-Herald First-Team.

The first selection comes as no surprise. One of the best players in the state was senior shooting guard Janette Wadolowski.

Known as “mom” by teammates, since she was the lone senior on the team, Wadolowski scored her 1,000th career point this season and finished ranked third on Southington High’s all-time scoring list.

But perhaps even more impressive is the fact Wadolowski accomplished over 1,000 points in less than three full seasons. Wadolowski missed all of her freshman year with an ACL injury and nine games her junior year to a broken wrist.

Wadolowski averaged 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game, leading to an all-conference selection.

Wadolowski has committed to Tufts University in Medford, Mass., where she will continue her basketball career next fall.

Joining Wadolowski on our first-team is Blue Knights freshman guard Allison Carr.

In her first varsity season, Carr averaged seven points, 1.8 assists and seven rebounds per game.

As a dual-sport athlete, Carr plays basketball in the winter and soccer year-round. During the high school offseason, Carr plays for FSA, a premier soccer club in Farmington.

Carr had the chance to play with, watch and learn from Wadolowski. With Wadolowski graduating, Carr knows next season she’ll have to take on more responsibility, as she will become Southington’s go-to player.

After a season-ending ACL tear last year, Plainville’s Caitlin Barker returned in her junior year stronger than ever, and in turn, places on our first-team.

The Blue Devils finished 11-9 and continued into the postseason, suffering a first-round loss in the Class M state tournament to Weston.

As a forward, Barker was Plainville’s and the CCC South-Patriot Division’s leading scorer, averaging 20.7 points per game. This season alone, Barker scored a total of 413 points.

Barker has also been the Rybczyk Tournament MVP and is a two-time all-conference selection.

Barker works just as hard in the classroom as she does on the court. She is an honor roll student, involved in the Spanish and Science national honor societies and is an all-academic selection.

With one season left with the Plainville basketball program, Barker and the Blue Devils should be a dangerous team going forward.

Newington’s Ashanti Frazier is making her second appearance on the All-Herald Girls Basketball Team, garnering first-team honors.

Frazier is also a two-time all-conference selection.

As a point guard, Frazier scored 341 points this season, averaging about 17 per game. As a sophomore captain, Frazier collected 135 rebounds, 48 assists and 12 blocks.

Our final member of the All-Herald First-Team is Berlin sophomore guard Lyzi Litwinko.

Litwinko was named captain her sophomore year as she led the Redcoats in scoring, assists and rebounds.

Litwinko’s hard work on the court did not go unnoticed, as she earned a spot on the all-conference team for the second year in a row.

Her most notable moment this year was her game-winning buzzer-beater shot during the first round of the CCC Tournament to beat Windsor. Litwinko was the Redcoats’ MVP this season, averaging 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists per game. This year alone she scored 671 points.

Our All-Herald Second-Team is filled with just as much talent as the first five girls on our list.

First is Berlin junior guard Angela Perrelli. One of three captains this year, Perrelli led the team in 3-point field goals and steals. She was also third on the team in scoring.

This season she often took on the most difficult defensive assignments and shut down the opposing team’s top player.

Wrapping up Berlin’s All-Herald trio is freshman guard Ashley Wenzel.

Wenzel was second on the Redcoats in scoring, with 262 points, averaging 11 per game. She was also second on the team in 3-point field goals and third in blocks and rebounds.

She was named all-conference for the first time.

Next up on the All-Herald Girls Basketball Team is New Britain senior guard Gabriella Roy.

Roy is a three-sport athlete that is involved with soccer, softball and basketball throughout the year.

Roy puts as much work into the classroom as she does with athletics. Roy is a part of the National Honor Society and received the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) Scholar-Athlete Award. She has also been named all-academic and all-conference.

As for her next step, Roy is currently deciding between two colleges, the University of Connecticut and Boston College.

Paola Barbosa is the lone representative from Goodwin Tech on our team. This season she was awarded by her team and coaches as team MVP, as she averaged 18 points per game.

Barbosa is also an all-academic selection and is second in her class.

Barbosa’s next stop is the University of Connecticut. When in college Barbosa will be putting most of her focus on academics but will still be involved in club sports.

The final member of our All-Herald team is Innovation’s Aryanna Townsend. Townsend is a three-sport athlete who plays basketball, soccer and track and field, and has received awards in every sport.

During her soccer career, she was chosen for all-conference, all-academic and All-State and was selected as team MVP all four years.

For basketball, she was chosen for the all-conference and all-academic teams, as well as being named team MVP.

Townsend will be continuing her athletic career at the next level, as she will be attending Bay Path University in the fall, where she plans to play soccer, basketball and track and field.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, General Sports, Goodwin Tech, Innovation, New Britain, Newington, Plainville, Southington on Tuesday, 10 April 2018 14:23. Updated: Tuesday, 10 April 2018 14:25.