October 21, 2021

Way, Wilbur earn All-CCL first-team honors

CCL Girls’ Basketball All-Stars

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DeRuyter and McGraw led the local teams in All-Central Counties League girls’ basketball selections in 2020.

DeRuyter senior Taylor Way and McGraw junior Karissa Wilbur earned first-team honors.

Rounding out the All-CCL first team selections were two pairs of Brookfield sisters — league MVP Jaelyn and seventh-grader Lily Vleer-Elliott, and seniors Madilyne and Marissa Kupris.

Taylor Way — How much of a difference did Way make for the DeRuyter Rockets girls’ basketball team this season?

According to head coach Jared Tiffin, “if we didn’t have [her], we might not have won a game.”

Way led the Rockets in both points (12.9 PPG) and assists, shot over 48 per cent from the field, averaged nearly two steals per game and had some memorable performances along the way. Those included 18 points against Brookfield with a 4 of-6 performance from three-point distance, 17 points against Tully, and 17 points against Poland in the sectional tournament. She was also named to the All-Tournament team at the Fabius-Pompey Christmas Classic.

“Taylor is a born leader, very competitive and always has a positive attitude,” Tiffin lauded. “She wants to win and isn’t afraid to put the team on her shoulders when she needs to… She worked so hard on her game and grew so much this year.

“Other teams knew they had to guard her and Taylor would still beat them. I never worried when Taylor had the ball. I knew she would direct the team and make adjustments as needed. She was the type of point guard a coach dreams about. “ And yet her athletic career might continue in another sport entirely.

“As good as she is at basketball, Taylor is an even better soccer player,:” Tiffin said. “She is looking to play at the collegiate level.”

Karissa Wilbur — Wilbur led the Eagles to a 12-8 record and a home sectional playoff game, averaged 16.1 points per game and drained 48 three-pointers for the season, scoring her 1,000th career point in front of a huge crowd in the process. Her biggest games of the season included a 26-point showing against Morrisville Eaton (4-of-4 from three-point distance and 6-of-8 from the free throw line), 22 points against DeRuyter (including six threes), and 25 points in the team’s biggest win of the season over Madison.

“Karissa is a leader on the court,” her coach and father Jason Wilbur said. “She loves the game and is always thinking on the court. She works hard and always wants to get better. She loves her team and no matter what she is always with them.”

Wilbur is undecided on college.

The Rockets also earned one second team nod and two honorable mentions, while the Eagles earned two honorable mentions and the Cincinnatus Lions claimed one.

The All-CCL Second Team included DeRuyter junior Terricka Glisson (13.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game), Madison’s Maryellen Coleman, Jordan Mayne and Christa Usborne, Stockbridge Valley’s Layla Jayson and Otselic Valley’s Leah Kalin.

All-CCL Honorable Mentions went to Cincinnatus senior McKayla Maroney (11.6 points per game, 3.9 rebounds per game, 2.9 rebounds per game), McGraw juniors Emily Fish (6.3 points per game) and Alexis Stiles (5.4 points per game), and DeRuyter freshman Shakiah Glisson (6.4 points per game, 2.9 rebounds per game), Stockbridge Valley’s Hannah Greene and Elizabeth Wagner, Madison’s Lyncoln Beldon and Otselic Valley’s Tori Foster.