The Westinghouse Bulldogs have dominated City League girls’ basketball for the past 20 or more seasons and even though no one knew what to expect from them this season they once again finished on top of the City during the regular season but fell short in the championship game to an outstanding Perry Commodores team.
But much like the previous three girls’ All-City Team selections, the Bulldogs once again dominated with all five starters making the team, but this year they had to share that honor with the Allderdice Dragons who had all five starters make the team as well. Perry placed four. Perry also had the Player of the Year and Coach of the Year. Allderdice should be a powerhouse next season as all five starters are underclassmen.
DASHAWNA CAREY, TATAYANNNA COX TAYLOR, LONDON MCCOY
Even though Tatayanna Cox Taylor from Westinghouse received votes, Dashawna Carey from Perry was clearly the Player of the Year. Teammate Marritta Gillcrease also received a vote as the best player. Carey headed a very solid veteran team as they marched through a 14-2 regular season and defeated Westinghouse for the City League title in an impressive victory. Carey led all City players with a 19.6 scoring average.
Ed Allison did an excellent job at Perry this year getting the most out of his players on both sides of the ball to beat out Phyllis Jones from Westinghouse, who once again led her team to the top of the regular season and a 19-6 overall record and into the championship game, and David Walchesky who led a very young Allderdice team to a 13-3 city and 17-6 overall record. Joining Carey as a unanimous first team selection were Cox-Taylor, and London McCoy from Schenley. Gillcrease was next with Janay Bottoms and Denise Saunders from Allderdice battling for the final slot.
The top three teams in the City pretty much dominated the team with Peabody and Oliver not placing any players and Langley only having one. Peabody had to forfeit its entire season, and Oliver, despite an outstanding season last year, returned to mediocrity this season with a 2-14 record.
Unlike the boys, Schenley and Brashear girls had decent seasons, finishing fourth and fifth with a 10-6 and 9-7 record, with one player each on the team. Carrick had two and Langley one.
We at the Courier congratulate all 19 players who made the team from first team to honorable mention and commend the coaches for the time and effort they put into molding these young women into responsible team players. The players and coaches will be honored at the third annual All-City Awards Banquet to be held at the Westin Convention Center Hotel on Sunday, May 2.
The guest speaker will be former Steelers great and Court of Common Pleas Judge Dwayne Woodruff.