Penn-Trafford's Palarino named to all-state team
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Maria Palarino helped the Penn-Trafford girls basketball team win the first WPIAL title in program history this season. For her part in doing so, Palarino last week became the first Penn-Trafford player to be recognized as one of the top basketball players in the state.
Palarino, a junior guard/forward, was named to the Pennsylvania Sports Writers' Class AAAA all-state second team last week. Fox Chapel's Erin Mathias, a first-team selection and the Pennsylvania Sports Writers' girls basketball player of the year, was the only other WPIAL player to be named all-state in Class AAAA.
“It was a pretty good feeling,” Palarino said. “It's definitely something that I wanted to achieve this season, and I'm really happy that I did.”
Palarino led the Warriors in scoring, rebounding and steals this season, averaging 17.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game. She scored in double figures in 25 of Penn-Trafford's 27 games and topped 20 points 13 times during the season.
But Palarino saved much of her best work for the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs. She scored a game-high 28 points to lead Penn-Trafford to a 44-43 overtime victory over Fox Chapel in the semifinals and then added another 21 points in the Warriors' 56-45 win over Hempfield in the championship game. “It's well-deserved, without a doubt,” Penn-Trafford coach John Giannikas said of Palarino's recognition. “The kid had a tremendous year and led us to another section championship and, more importantly, our first WPIAL championship. I'm not surprised. It's well-deserved and definitely what we expected. It's just the right thing to do. She deserves to be up there, and she earned it.”
In addition to the all-state honor, Palarino was named to the Tribune-Review's Greensburg “Terrific 10” over the weekend along with fellow junior Casey Aunkst. Aunkst averaged 9.9 points and 4.9 assists per game for Penn-Trafford this season.
Aunkst, Palarino and junior Katy Abreu were named to the all-Section-1-AAAA team earlier this offseason.
“All the recognition that I'm getting, I couldn't have gotten without my team this year,” Palarino said. “They helped me accomplish everything that I did. Our season overall was just awesome.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Mars girls basketball team goes on defensive
- High school roundup: WPIAL coaches reach milestone victories
- Monessen cruises to 63-point win over West Greene
- Rich Gregory: 400 wins and not through yet
- Late run seals WPIAL playoff berth for Highlands
- Area basketball teams embrace opportunities to play for championships
- High school roundup: Bethel Park downs No. 4 Mt. Lebanon in Section 4-AAAA
- Hampton girls basketball team hustles past Ford City, 53-31
- Kromka enjoying breakout season with Gateway boys basketball
- Sporio leads EF past Ringgold, 48-41
- Ford City defeats South Allegheny, clinches playoff spot