Smith Named Player of the Year, McLaughlin & Carr named All-Region
Alfred State College sophomore forward Anthia Smith (Elmira Free) has been named the Region III Division II Player of the Year. Smith was joined by teammate Tiffany McLaughlin (Wellsville) on the All-Region first team while Dasaundra Carr (Boys & Girls) was a third team selection.
Smith finished the year averaging 17.5 points per game and 13.3 rebounds. Her 454 points is 7th all-time in a season for a Lady Pioneers while her 346 rebounds is 2nd most in a season. On the year she recorded 20 double-doubles including eight consecutive double-doubles in close out the season.
Smith had a season high 28 points in a victory over University of Rochester JV and grabbed a season high 26 rebounds twice versus CC of Rhode Island and Finger Lakes CC. She had 11 games in which she scored more the 20 points and nine games where she grabbed more than 15 rebounds.
For her career she finishes with 762 points (6th best all time) and 496 rebounds.
McLaughlin led the Lady Pioneers in scoring with 19.3 points per game. She also grabbed 128 rebounds, passed out 50 assists, and was credited with 30 steals. Her 501 points is 3rd all-time in a season and her 896 career points is 2nd most all-time.
McLaughlin had a season high of 35 points versus Jamstown and had a season high 10 boards at Dean College. In all but two games this year, she finished with double-figure points, in 12 games she scored more than 20, and in three games she had 30.
This is the second year in a row she was named All-Region 1st team. McLaughlin was also named to the Region III Division II All-Tournament team for the second time after leading A-State with 17 points in their semifinal loss to Jamestown CC.
Smith and McLaughlin will now be forwarded for NJCAA All-American consideration.
Carr, a sophomore guard, was a defensive specialist for the Lady Pioneers this year. She drew the assignment of guarding the opponents top offensive threat most games. She finished the year with 112 points (4.3 per game), 71 rebounds (2.7 per game), 52 assists, and 54 steals.
She had a season high 10 points in a win over Niagara CCC and a season high seven rebounds in the season opener versus Broome CC.
The Lady Pioneers finished the season with a 17-9 record while the graduating group of sophomores (Smith, McLaughlin, Carr, Sarah Flint -Westmoreland, and Kaila Smith - Alfred Almond) finish their careers with a 36-19 record.