BY TIM TAYLOR
Tioga County Sports Report
NEWARK VALLEY — Mackenna Nechwedowich and Bri Beebe were instrumental in Newark Valley's run to an IAC championship and a Section IV Class B runner-up showing this season.
The junior duo's accomplishments have been recognized with spots on the New York State Sportswriters Association Class B All-State teams. Nechwedowich has been named to the third team and Beebe received an honorable mention.
"I was pleasantly surprised by the selection of Mackenna and Bri to the all-state teams," NV coach Greg Schweiger said. "It was nice for those players and NV to get some recognition."
Nechwedowich averaged team highs in rebounds with 7.8, blocks with 3.7 and assists with 3.4 per game. She was No. 2 in scoring at 12 points and free throws shooting (69 percent) and was third in steals with two thefts per outing.
"Mackenna was the dominant player on the dominant team," Schweiger said. "She led us in so many statistical categories (rebounds, assists, blocks). She was a force on both ends of the floor. I think her ability to drive the length of the court and pass or finish sets her apart for a player her size.
"She was definitely the focal point of the opposing teams defense. I thought she played really well during our sectional run, particularly in the Owego game vs. two other all-stars. I think she has positioned herself for an outstanding senior year."
Beebe paced the Cardinals with 13.5 points per contest, and was also the team leader in 3-point field goals with 48 and free throw shooting at 70 percent. She was second in assists and steals, averaging 2.6 and steals with 2.0 per game, respectively.
"Bri Beebe's recognition was well deserved," said Schweiger. "Her 3-point shooting ability makes her a constant threat to go off and change a game. Bri is a fierce competitor that never gives up and I love that about her. She was the leading scorer on our team but only received a second-team recognition from the league so it was nice to see her get recognized at the state level. Another kid that is primed for a big senior year."
Despite moving up in classification, NV posted a 19-1 record, collecting IAC South Large School and IAC Large School titles, and placing second to defending champion Norwich in the sectional tournament.
"I know we all can't wait to get back in the gym and get to work," Schweiger remarked.
IN PHOTO: Bri Beebe (L) and Mackenna Nechwedowich. ... TCSR STOCK PHOTO.
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