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Hewett cements her legacy with all-around game

Hewett cements her legacy with all-around game

March 31, 2007|By DAN KAUFFMAN

What Boonsboro girls basketball coach Max Shaffer was reluctant to say before the season ended, he was more than happy to say after it.

"She's the best player I ever coached," Shaffer said. "I wanted to wait until her career was over to say that and to tell her that."

The "she" in question is senior Jerica Hewett, the 2006-07 Herald-Mail Player of the Year, as voted by the sports staff. It's the second straight year she's won the award.

It was another sensational year for the Shepherd University recruit whose season statistics - 15.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, 7.1 assists, 6.2 steals and 3.3 blocks per game - are mind-boggling.

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In the process, Hewett set the school scoring record for boys or girls, passing Eddie Penn and finishing her career with 1,157 points after leading the Warriors to the Class 1A West final. Hewett said setting the record was the most meaningful accomplishment of her prep career.

"It was really exciting," Hewett said. "I met Eddie Penn two weeks before I broke it. I was able to call him, and he was there for the game. That was special to me, and he sent me a thank-you card."

"It meant a lot to Jerica because she was looking forward to it and her parents were looking forward to it," Shaffer said.

Yet the points she scored told a small fraction of the story of just how much Hewett did for - and meant to - the Warriors.

"She never asked me how many points she had, she always asked me how many steals and assists she had," Shaffer said. "I haven't added it all up yet, but I think she's going to have school records in points, assists, steals and blocks. ... She makes everyone on the floor better because that's how she likes to play. She's very unselfish."

Hewett is excited to move on to the next step of her basketball career.

"Last summer I played pick-up games with the (Shepherd) girls, and I think I'm going to do the same this summer," Hewett said. "I can't wait."




ALL-AREA GIRLS BASKETBALL



ALL-AREA FIRST TEAM



Jerica Hewett, Boonsboro, Sr, 15.3 pts., 8.4 reb., 7.1 asst.

Ashton Butler, Hedgesville, Sr, 16.6 pts., 3.9 reb., 3.0 asst.

Logan Lentz, Chambersburg, Sr, 15.4 pts., 3.1 reb., 2.9 asst.

Heather Lowery, St. James, Jr, 14.3 pts., 17.3 reb., 3.1 asst.

Morgan McIntire, Heritage Academy, So, 19.7 pts., 4.6 reb., 3.9 asst.

Miranda Payne, CVCS, Jr, 25.3 pts., 5.4 reb., 4.8 asst., 3 stls

Morgan Smith, Williamsport, Jr, 15.6 pts., 8 reb.

Nikki Stephenson, Musselman, So, 14.6 pts, 10.7 reb., 3 stls.

Cara Thompson, North Hagerstown, Sr., 10.9 pts, 7 reb., 5 asst.

Mallory Wishard, Waynesboro, So, 16.0 pts, 9 reb.




COACH OF THE YEAR



Barry Brown, North Hagerstown




ALL-AREA SECOND TEAM



Larae Allen, North Hagerstown, Jr.

Alex Baker, Boonsboro, Sr.

Brittany Boarman, Hedgesville, So.

Kris Creek, Hancock, Sr.

Aissa Diehl, Jefferson, Jr.

Dakeea Marshall, Martinsburg, So.

Ciera Nicholson, Hedgesville, Jr.

Iesha Robinson, Martinsburg, So.

Sarah Spierenburg, St. Maria Goretti, Sr.

Valentina Wheele, North Hagerstown, Sr.




MVAL Antietam



First Team

Boonsboro - Jerica Hewett, Alex Baker, Amy Rhoderick; Catoctin - Ashley Metal, Hanna DuBois; North Hagerstown - Cara Thompson, Valentina Wheeler; Williamsport - Morgan Smith.

Second Team

Brunswick - Rachel McCallum, Meagan Smitheyman; Catoctin - Carrie Mathews; North Hagerstown - Kirksten Mitchell, Veronica Wheeler, Larae Allen; Smithsburg - Cara Jordan; Williamsport - Lindsey Smith.

Honorable Mention

Boonsboro - Whitney Sheppard, Jamie Bingaman; Brunswick - Tiffany Curry; Catoctin - Lauren Wildasin, Tara Stackhouse; Clear Spring - Carley Snyder, Leslie Morgan, Maggie Wolford; North Hagerstown - Shawayna Morel, Kisha Jackson, Kelly Toms; Smithsburg - Bethany Garnand, Emily Hargreaves; South Hagerstown - Brianna Hammond, Carissa Kesler; Williamsport - Jessica Patey, Leah Mellott, Jessica Palmer.




Mid-Penn Conference



(Only Tri-State area players listed)

Commonwealth Division



First Team

Chambersburg - Logan Lentz.

Capital Division



First Team

Greencastle-Antrim - Chelsea Wolff; Waynesboro - Mallory Wishard.

Second Team

Greencastle-Antrim - Rebecca Rider; Waynesboro - Jill Aldridge.

Honorable Mention

Greencastle-Antrim - Whitney Nave; James Buchanan - Amy Heisey; Waynesboro - Kelsey Wagaman.




Apple Valley League



First Team

Berkeley Springs - Alex Tamez; Hedgesville - Ashton Butler, Ciera Nicholson; Jefferson - Aissa Diehl; Martinsburg - Dakeea Marshall, Iesha Robinson; Musselman - Nikki Stephenson; St. Maria Goretti - Sarah Spierenburg.

Second Team

Berkeley Springs - Rebecca Trump; Hedgesville - Brittany Boarman; Jefferson - Dezi Clinton, Katie Danno; Martinsburg - ShaRonda McDowell; Musselman - Morgan Harms, Lacey Williams; St. James - Heather Lowery; St. Maria Goretti - Carissa Grove.

Honorable Mention

Berkeley Springs - Amber Booher; Hedgesville - Lauren Ashton; Jefferson - Keyara Stevenson; Musselman - Erica Manor; St. Maria Goretti - Clara Spicer.

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