After leading the Fort Plain girls basketball team to a 16-3 record and a berth in the Section II Class C quarterfinals, senior Abby Boyer and junior Haley Kilmartin were named Western Athletic Conference North co-MVPs by the league's coaches.
"I think it's very uncommon and I was very surprised," Fort Plain coach Phil Karker said. "They were both outstanding in their own separate ways. They fed off each other and both compete with each other."
Together, Boyer and Kilmartin provided an inside-outside punch as they won the WAC North championship for the second year in a row. The Lady Hilltoppers defeated Lake George in the first round of the sectional tournament before being eliminated in the quarterfinals by top-seeded Hoosic Valley.
Fort Plain’s Abby Boyer (32) goes up for a shot as Lake George’s Mackenzie Bennett (22) defends during a Feb. 19 Section II class C first-round game at Harry Hoag Elementary School in Fort Plain. (The Leader-Herald/Mike Zummo)
Fort Plain’s Haley Kilmartin (24) shoots over Mayfield’s Kylie Manoogian (11) during a Jan. 9 Western Athletic Conference North Division game at Mayfield Central School. (The Leader-Herald/Mike Zummo)
Boyer was the Lady Hilltoppers' presence under the basket. When Fort Plain needed points, they found her in the paint. She led the Lady Hilltoppers with 336 points, an average of 17.7 points per game. Boyer also was a 59 percent shooter from the free-throw line.
"What we tried to do was establish the inside game first so defenses would collapse and that would free us up outside," Karker said. "She also helped us get to the foul line, which was a big part of our discussions early on."
Kilmartin could do everything. She could go under the basket for inside points, but she was most potent from outside. She hit a team-high 17 3-point baskets on her way to 245 points, averaging 13.9 points per game.
"She was our point guard and there were a few times when teams concentrated on taking her out of the game and we weren't as successful," Karker said.
She also led Fort Plain in just about every other statistical category, such as rebounding, steals and blocked shots.
"Her defense really helped us out," Karker said. "That was a big plus for us."
Kilmartin also was coming off an ACL injury suffered in last year's sectional loss to Duanesburg.
"She said she felt she was playing at 100 percent, but don't think she was physically all the way back," Karker said. "She became a much smarter player."
St. Johnsville's Rylie Smith, Northville's Lyndsey Wadsworth, Mayfield's Nicole Little, Saratoga Catholic's Kaylie Fish and Galway's Erica Chase were named first-team all-stars.
Wadsworth led the Northville Lady Falcons to a 6-13 record and the fifth seed in the Section II Class D tournament.
She scored a team-high 284 points - an average of 14.9 points per game - both inside and out. She also led Northville with a team-high 24 3-point baskets. The Lady Falcons' next best scorer, Kelly VanNostrand, averaged less than 10 points per game.
Little helped the Lady Panthers turn a winless record in 2011-12 to a 7-12 mark this season. In her senior year, Little averaged 9.3 points per game and a berth in the Section II Class C tournament, where the Lady Panthers lost to Voorheesville in the first round.
For the second straight year, Smith was the leading scorer for the St. Johnsville Lady Saints. As a sophomore, she has scored a team-high 285 points.
Canajoharie's Jenelle Dillenbeck and Alexis Kane, St. Johnsville's Samantha Cleveland, Saratoga Catholic's Meghan Mensler and Galway's Abby Spagnola were named second-team WAC North all-stars.
Berne-Knox-Westerlo's Liz Harvey was named MVP of the WAC South.
Western Athletic Conference All-Stars
Co-MVPs: Haley Kilmartin (Fort Plain), Abby Boyer (Fort Plain)
Rylie Smith (St. Johnsville), Lyndsey Wadsworth (Northville), Erica Chase (Galway), Nicole Little (Mayfield), Kaylie Fish (Saratoga Catholic).
Meghan Mensler (Saratoga Catholic), Abby Spagnola (Galway), Jenelle Dillenbeck (Canajoharie), Alexis Kane (Canajoharie), Samantha Cleveland (St. Johnsville).
MVP: Liz Harvey (Berne-Knox-Westerlo)
Stephanie Rice (Duanesburg), Maddy Kenyon (Duanesburg), Macie Holmes (Mekeel Christian), Amanda Roney (Middleburgh), Hannah Bowersox (Schoharie).
Mary Salo (Berne-Knox-Westerlo), Makayla McCormick (Berne-Knox-Westerlo), Rachel Gamache (Duanesburg), Lexie Holmes (Mekeel Christian), Taylor Cater (Middleburgh).