2013 Girls Basketball Fab Five


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The Post-Gazette presents the area's top high school girls basketball players for the 2012-13 season ...

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

SHATORI WALKER-KIMBROUGH HOPEWELL

SHATORI WALKER-KIMBROUGH

HOPEWELL

Height: 6-0 • Guard • Senior

The scoop: Finished second in the WPIAL in scoring in the regular season with 27.5 points per game, and averaged 29.2 in the Vikings' five-game playoff run. She finished her career with 2,427 points and led Hopewell (22-5) to a second-place finish in Class AAA Section 2 this year. The Vikings advanced to the WPIAL semifinals and PIAA second round, where they were eliminated by South Park both times.

College talk: Walker-Kimbrough committed to perennial ACC contender Maryland in July. She considered offers from Purdue and Duquesne before choosing the Terrapins.

Most memorable moment from this season? "Probably senior night. Last night with my seniors, last game at home."

What do you most want to improve about your basketball game? "Jump shot."

What's your favorite school subject? "Math."

Who is your pick to win the NCAA tournament, women and men? "Boys, probably Indiana. Girls, probably Baylor."

What's one thing people don't know about you? "I volunteer at the Special Olympics basketball team."

What's your favorite movie? "Coach Carter."

Who is your favorite professional athlete? "LeBron."

Who is the best player you've played against? "Ciara [Gregory], [Vincentian sophomore] Brenna Wise and [Seton-LaSalle sophomore] Cassidy Walsh."

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? "Hopefully having a successful job, family. Just being successful."

ERIN MATHIAS

FOX CHAPEL

Height: 6-3 • Forward • Junior

The scoop: After missing her sophomore season with a knee injury, Mathias had a breakout junior season for the Foxes. She averaged 17.1 points per game and led Fox Chapel to a share of the Class AAAA Section 2 title. She scored nine points in the Foxes' first-round WPIAL playoff victory against Butler, and scored 19 in their 45-42 lossagainst Mt. Lebanon in the quarterfinals.

College talk: Mathias has been verbally committed to Duke since her freshman season. She can sign her letter of intent for the Blue Devils in November.

Most memorable moment from this season? "Winning section champs."

What do you most want to improve about your basketball game? "Probably my range, [my] 3-point range."

What's your favorite school subject? "Math."

Who is your pick to win the NCAA tournament, women and men? "Men's: Duke, women's: Duke."

What's one thing people don't know about you? "I don't know. There's nothing really."

What's your favorite movie? "Mean Girls."

Who is your favorite professional athlete? "Kevin Durant."

Who is the best player you've played against? "Taya Reimer at USA Basketball tryouts."

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? "Either still playing basketball or pursuing something in engineering."

CIARA GREGORY

JEANNETTE

Height: 5-7 • Guard • Senior

The scoop: Gregory led the WPIAL in scoring for the second consecutive season with 30.4 points per game. She ended her career as Jeannette's all-time leading scorer with 2,130 career points. In the Jayhawks' three-game WPIAL playoff run, she averaged 34.3 points per game. Gregory led Jeannette to a Class AA Section 3 title and the WPIAL semifinals and scored 27 of her team's 38 points in a 73-38 loss against Seton-LaSalle.

College talk: Gregory committed to Charlotte of the Atlantic 10 in August. William & Mary, Ball State and James Madison were her other finalists.

Most memorable moment from this season? "Beating Greensburg Central at Greensburg Central to win the section."

What do you most want to improve about your basketball game? "There's room for improvement in every category. Probably my shooting first, more consistent."

What's your favorite school subject? "I'd have to say math."

Who is your pick to win the NCAA tournament, women and men? "Miami [men] and Baylor [women]."

What's one thing people don't know about you? "I don't know."

What's your favorite movie? "The Hunger Games."

Who is your favorite professional athlete? "Derrick Rose."

Who is the best player you've played against? "Shatori [Walker-Kimbrough.]"

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? "With a good job, maybe a family."

CHASSIDY OMOGROSSO

BLACKHAWK

Height: 5-5 • Guard • Sophomore

The scoop: Omogrosso averaged 22.0 points per game over the regular season to finish seventh in the WPIAL in scoring. She powered the Cougars to a 12-0 section record and a Class AAA Section 2 title. She scored 31 points in Blackhawk's 82-61 victory against West Mifflin in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs, and led the Cougars to both the WPIAL and PIAA semifinals.

College talk: Despite being only a sophomore, Omogrosso verbally committed to Pitt in January. She can't sign a letter of intent with the Panthers until her senior year.

Most memorable moment from this season? "Probably both times we beat Hopewell. Those were big wins for us."

What do you most want to improve about your basketball game? "Everything. There's always room for improvement."

What's your favorite school subject? "Besides gym, probably math."

Who is your pick to win the NCAA tournament, women and men? "Miami [men] and Baylor [women]/"

What's one thing people don't know about you? "Probably that my brothers are my best friends."

What's your favorite movie? "Love and Basketball."

Who is your favorite professional athlete? "LeBron James."

Who is the best player you've played against? "Shatori."

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? "Still in college, probably getting my doctorate degree."

SHELBY LINDSAY

SOUTH PARK

Height: 5-11 • Guard • Senior

The scoop: Lindsay was the catalyst for an Eagles team that claimed both the WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA titles this season. She averaged 17.9 points per game this season. In the Eagles' 53-38 victory against Bethlehem Catholic in the PIAA title game, Lindsay scored a team-high 22 points. Following a midseason loss to Hopewell, South Park won 15 games in a row to close out the season.

College talk: Colleges have been late to notice Lindsay, but she certainly drew attention with her strong senior season. Her coach, Reggie Wells, said she's considering Providence and Fairleigh Dickinson, among others.

Most memorable moment from this season? "Winning states."

What do you most want to improve about your basketball game? "The fluency of my shot, just getting it off consistently."

What's your favorite school subject? "Math."

Who is your pick to win the NCAA tournament, women and men? "Miami for men and Baylor for women."

What's one thing people don't know about you? "I have a pet donkey. His name is Jack."

What's your favorite movie? "In Time."

Who is your favorite professional athlete? "Reggie Wells Jr."

Who is the best player you've played against? "Shatori."

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? "With a family and a job. Hopefully, coaching basketball."

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Sam Werner: swerner@post-gazette.com First Published March 29, 2013 4:00 AM


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