West Xtra: Fabulous Five girls high school basketball all-stars

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Chassidy Omogrosso

Blackhawk

Guard, 5-5, Jr.

The floor general for the state champion Cougars, Omogrosso was named PIAA Class AAA Player of the Year this season. A three-year starter, Omogrosso has developed into one of the top point guards in the state. She led Blackhawk to Section 2-AAA, WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA championships this season as well as an impressive 28-2 record while averaging 21.6 points per game. She has scored 1,858 career points. Omogrosso is a Duquesne University recruit.

Seairra Barrett

Central Valley

Guard/Forward, 6-0, Sr.

A four-year starter, Barrett capped her high school career by averaging 24.5 points per game and being named second-team all-state in Class AAA by the Associated Press. A team captain, Barrett led the Warriors to a 15-win season and a spot in the WPIAL quarterfinals. Central Valley was one of only two teams to defeat Blackhawk this season. In a 71-61 win over the eventual state champions, Barrett scored 25 points and hauled in 18 rebounds. Teamed with Kiana Law to form lethal scoring tandem.

Conor Richardson

Carlynton

Guard/forward, 5-11, Jr.

A junior point guard, she returned to the team this season after missing her sophomore season with a knee injury. Richardson hardly skipped a beat, averaging 20.9 points per game this season. One of the most athletic players in the WPIAL, Richardson is also a volleyball standout where she earned all-section and All-WPIAL honors. Coach Tim Bonner calls her one of the hardest workers on the team. She led Carlynton (19-4, 11-1) to the Section 6-AA title.

Johnie Olkosky

Bishop Canevin

Guard, 5-9, Sr.

Olkosky is a four-year starter at guard, helping the Crusaders to a WPIAL title last year and the semifinals this season. A repeat select to the West Fab 5 and team captain this season. Olkosky averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds per game. She signed a letter of intent to play basketball at NCAA Division II West Liberty University. In a starting lineup that featured two sophomores and a freshman, coach Tim Joyce said having Olkosky on the floor was like having another coach.

Halle Denman

Blackhawk

Guard, 5-7, Sr.

Denman flourished in the Cougars lineup this season, averaging 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals a game. She helped lead the team to WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA titles during a 28-win season along with teammate and cousin Chassidy Omogrosso. Always a threat to slash to the basket, Denman added a perimeter game to her offensive repertoire this season. She was Blackhawk's top defender, picking up the assignment of guarding the opposition's best player in virtually every game.


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