Two local girls basketball players were honored as part of the state’s elite Tuesday, as Pittston Area senior Mia Hopkins and Crestwood junior Rebeeca Rutkowski were selected to the Class 3A all-state teams by sportswriters from around Pennsylvania.
Hopkins was named to the state’s second team for a second consecutive season. She led the Patriots to a 22-5 record, topping Wyoming Valley Conference teams in wins.
The senior forward averaged 19.0 points per game and scored at least 15 points in 21 of her 27 games played. She signed to play at Division I Monmouth before the season began, then went out and scored her 1,500th career point and pulled down her 1,000th career rebound — the only girls basketball player in Pittston Area history to reach such heights.
Hopkins was nominated to the McDonald’s All-Star Game, a national showcase. She played a complete game, posting 10.2 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 1.7 blocks per game.
Rutkowski was chosen for the third team after helping Crestwood to a 14-9 record. She was fifth in the WVC in scoring at 16.6 points per game, and averaged 12 rebounds and a WVC-high 6.5 blocks.
The Comets junior scored at least 20 points in seven of her final 10 games this season.
Around the state, Malia Tate-DeFreitas, Steelton-Highspire’s 5-foot-8 guard, set a new benchmark. She averaged 34.8 points during her senior year — scoring more than 1,000 points — and she was voted the Pennsylvania Sports Writers Girls Basketball Player of the Year for an unprecedented third time in Class A.
Archbishop Carroll’s Sarah Curran (Class 4A), Hopewell’s Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (Class 3A) and Episcopal Academy’s Megan Quinn (Class 2A) garnered player of the year honors in their respective classifications in the poll of statewide media. Spring-Ford’s Jeff Rinehimer, South Park’s Reggie Wells, Bishop Canevin’s Tim Joyce and Tri-Valley’s Bob Felty Jr. were voted coaches of the year after guiding their respective teams to PIAA championships.