By Scott Kindberg
BUFFALO - Three area high school basketball players - two from Jamestown and one from Randolph - have earned spots on The Buffalo News' All-Western New York first teams, which were announced on-line Friday.
Jamestown junior guard Zack Panebianco headlines the boys' squad after leading the Red Raiders (19-5) to their fourth Section 6 Class AA championship in the last five years, including the second in a row, and a berth in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship game.
Along the way, Panebianco averaged 19.4 points, 3.8 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals, but he played his best games when the lights were the brightest. In six postseason games, he averaged 24.3 points, including 26 points in the Section 6 semifinals against Lockport, 34 against Greece Athena in the Far West Regional and 31 in the state semifinals against Union-Endicott.
The other first-team selections for the boys are senior Wil Bathurst of Olean, senior Donte Williams of Bishop-Timon, senior Bri'an Brown of Middle-Early College and senior Sterling Taplin of Williamsville North.
The area girls earning first-team recognition are junior Chrisanna Green of Jamestown and junior McKenna Maycock of Randolph.
Green led the Lady Red Raiders (18-3) to a Section 6 Class AA title, averaging 20.9 points, 12 rebounds and 1.8 steals. Among her stronger efforts came in the sectional semifinal when she scored 27 points (24 in the second half), grabbed 10 rebounds and had six steals in a 64-47 victory over Lockport.
Maycock, a returning first-teamer, averaged 30.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 4.0 steals for the Lady Cardinals. In helping Randolph to a berth in the sectional Class C-2 title game, Maycock surpassed 40 points three times.
The other first-team selections for the girls are senior Keyonte Edwards of Cardinal O'Hara, senior Ciara Rosten of Maryvale and senior Jontay Walton of Cardinal O'Hara.
The second-, third- and fourth-team selections for both boys and girls, as well as the honorable mention choices and the Players of the Year, will be announced in today's print edition of The Buffalo News. Keith McShea, a News sportswriter who spearheads the selection process, revealed the first-team players on Friday on the newspaper's PrepTalkTV.