North Xtra: Fabulous Five basketball all-stars

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Sam Breen

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic

Forward, 6-1, Fr.

It's rare that a freshman is selected to the Fabulous Five team, but Breen's excellent rookie season made her an exception. ... Breen was not intimidated one bit by the step up to varsity competition, helping the Trojanettes to a 16-8 record. In fact, she was often the one doing the intimidating as she typically had her way in the low post. Breen averaged 17.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. She was held to single digits only three times and scored a season-high 29 points against Imani Christian.

Abby Gonzales

North Allegheny

Guard, 5-7, Soph.

An excellent facilitator, Gonzales made a smooth transition from shooting guard to point guard, and was the driving force for a North Allegheny team that advanced to the WPIAL and PIAA Class AAAA semifinals and finished 25-3. ... Gonzales averaged 9.2 points per game, scoring a season-high 18 in a PIAA playoff win against State College. She was named all-section for the second year in a row, this time leading all vote-getters in balloting among Section 3 coaches.

Mallory Heinle

Saint Joseph

Forward, 6-1, Sr.

Heinle solidified her status as one of the best players ever to play at Saint Joseph by becoming the third girl in school history to surpass 1,000 career points. She finished with 1,473. ... A two-time all-section pick, Heinle (23.7 ppg) was the second-leading scorer in the WPIAL. She scored at least 20 points 20 times, highlighted by a 38-point effort against Ellis School. Heinle was named Class A third-team all-state by the Associated Press. ... Heinle will play at Slippery Rock.

Erin Mathias

Fox Chapel Area

Forward, 6-3, Sr.

One of the top post players in recent WPIAL history, Mathias was named the Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year and Associated Press Class AAAA state player of the year. ... A Duke recruit, Mathias led Fox Chapel (20-6) to the Section 2-AAAA title, taking control of games with her scoring, rebounding and defense. Mathias averaged 16.4 points, 12.7 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. Mathias was named all-section three times and concluded her career with 1,086 points.

Brenna Wise

Vincentian

Guard/forward, 6-0, Jr.

The Post-Gazette Player of the Year and Class A state player of the year, Wise led Vincentian (27-3) to its third consecutive WPIAL title and then a PIAA title. ... Wise averaged 19 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. She displayed a penchant for stepping up in big games, scoring 25 points in the WPIAL championship, 38 in the PIAA semifinals and 21 in the PIAA championship. ... A junior, Wise has not decided on a college yet, but she holds about a dozen Division I scholarship offers already.


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