East Xtra: Fabulous Five basketball all-stars

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Sydney Bordonaro


Guard, 5-7, Jr.

A three-year starting guard, Bordonaro led Burrell (28-2) to an undefeated regular season, a section title, a WPIAL silver medal and a spot in the PIAA semifinals. It was the first WPIAL finals appearance in program history. A Pepperdine recruit, Bordonaro topped 1,000 career points in January and was named first-team all-state in Class AA. In the regular season she led her team in scoring, averaging 15.7 points. ESPN ranks her as the No. 45 guard nationally in the Class of 2015.

Maria Palarino


Guard/Forward, 5-11, Jr.

Palarino led Penn-Trafford's come-from-behind win against Hempfield Area in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game. Palarino's game-high 21-point performance helped the Warriors erase a 40-25 third-quarter deficit and win 56-45 to claim the program's first WPIAL title. Palarino averaged 18.3 points per game this season and was named second-team all-state in Class AAAA by the Associated Press. She was a key component in the Warriors' drive to a section co-title.

Monica Burns

Hempfield Area

Guard, 5-7, Sr.

Monica Burns finished her career as Hempfield's all-time leading scorer. An IUP recruit, Burns averaged 20.1 points per game this season. As the lone senior on the team, Burns was the unquestioned leader of the Spartans. She helped carry the team to its first WPIAL championship-game appearance. Hempfield also advanced to the PIAA quarterfinals. Burns, an excellent shooter and ball handler, scored a game-high 21 points in a first-round state playoff game.

Carolyn Appleby

Greensburg Central Catholic

Guard, 5-5, Jr.

Appleby was one of the leading scorers in the WPIAL, averaging 20.7 points per game during the regular season. A junior guard, she led the Centurions to a 20-6 record, a Class AA Section 3 title and a spot in the WPIAL semifinals. She was named third-team all-state in Class AA this season by the Associated Press. A talented athlete, she also played for the Centurions softball team, which won a section title last spring and reached the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs.

Sierra Fordham


Guard, 5-5, Sr.

Fordham was the City League's leading scorer this season, averaging 22.9 points per game. After averaging 21.9 points per game as a junior, this year marked the second consecutive season of a 20-plus point scoring average for Fordham. She helped lead the Dragons to the City League finals. Fordham was named third-team all-state in Class AAAA by the Associated Press. Led the Dragons with 15 points in City League title game, the final one of her career at Allderdice.

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