Brink Is D2 West POY

Panama senior Mandy Brink was named the CCAA Division 2 West Player of the Year. Photo by Mike Frame

Panama’s 2023 girls basketball season came to an end this weekend in Troy.

Some of those involved are continuing to receive recognition for their special season.

Mandy Brink was recently named the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 2 West Player of the Year and Dennis Hinsdale was named the league’s Coach of the Year.

Brink averaged 24.8 points, 7.6 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 4.5 steals per game as the Panthers went a perfect 12-0 in the league, outscoring opponents by an average of 24.6 points per game.

Westfield and Sherman each placed two players on the First Team while the other spot went to Clymer.

Senior Haleigh Dellow averaged 11 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals and 2.2 assists per game, while junior Tanleigh Bestine averaged 18 points, 9 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.2 assists per game for the fourth-place Wolverines.

Senior Hayden Fisher averaged 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.8 steals per game, while senior Paige Gratto averaged 11.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 2 assists per game for the second-place Wildcats.

Junior Alexys Neckers averaged 16.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 1.7 assists per game for the third-place Pirates.

The Second Team was made up of Clymer senior Aurora Ordines, Panama sophomore Kaitlyn Horton, Maple Grove senior Erin Mansfield, Chautauqua Lake senior Erma Wolcott and Panama senior Lilly Odell.

Clymer and Chautauqua Lake shared the Team Sportsmanship Award, while Sherman senior Leighanne Swan was the Individual Sportsmanship Award recipient.

Other team Sportsmanship Award representatives were Chautauqua Lake senior Natalie Gilkinson, Neckers, Maple Grove sophomore Claire Price, Panama senior MacKenzie Greene, Silver Creek sophomore Josie Daniels and Westfield senior Makartnee Mortimer.

Honorable-mention all-star selections were Gilkinson, Clymer senior Abby White, Maple Grove senior Eliza Dawes, Panama senior Hannah Schauman, Sherman’s Swan and sophomore Kelsey Wagner, Silver Creek senior Kay Hutchison and Mortimer.


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