Washington’s Pluta, coaching staff earn All-Centennial recognition

CHESTERTOWN — In voting by the Centennial Conference’s 11 head coaches, Washington senior forward Serena Pluta of Townsend, Delaware (St. Mark’s High School) was placed on the All-Centennial second team and Alisha Mosley and her assistants were named the conference’s Coaching Staff of the Year.

Also, senior guard/forward Kaleigh White of Wilmington, Delaware (Ursuline Academy) represented the Shore ladies on the conference’s All-Sportsmanship Team.

The 6-foot Pluta appeared in 25 games with 24 starts for 14-12 Washington. She averaged a team-leading 12.2 points per game and was second on the team with 6.9 rebounds a game.

Pluta led the locals in made field goals (99), made free throws (99), total points (306) and free-throw percentage (79.6%).

Her line also included 16 assists, 20 steals and 14 blocked shots.

This is Pluta’s first all-conference nod.

Mosley and assistant coaches Corey DeShields and Jill Coleman guided Washington to a fourth-place finish in the conference with a CC record of 11-9.

In the preseason coaches poll, Washington was picked to finish ninth in the 11-school league.

Washington, with a modest roster of only nine players, went 6-1 in the final seven games of the regular season to earn a first-round home tournament game — a program first.

The Shore ladies qualified for the conference tournament for the third year in a row under Mosley and longtime assistant Coleman.

White, who appeared in all 26 games with four starts, averaged 3.2 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. She totaled 13 assists, 13 steals and 16 blocks.

Nominations for the conference’s All-Sportsmanship Team were submitted by athletic departments and head coaches.

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A year after being named Rookie of the Year, Gettysburg sophomore guard Alayna Arnolie was selected Player of the Year. She showcased her all-around talents this winter, averaging 15.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game while leading the Bullets to a 24-4 overall record and their third straight CC title.

Dickinson junior guard/forward Clair Marion was tabbed as the Defensive Player of the Year while also garnering first-team All-Centennial recognition for the second year in a row. Marion and the Red Devils held their opponents to 50.1 points per game this season. She led the conference with 3.2 steals a game.

McDaniel freshman forward Teya McConnaha was picked Rookie of the Year after averaging  10.5 points and 6.8 rebounds a game.

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In the opening round of the conference tournament on Feb. 20, Ursinus eliminated Washington, 50-40.

The two schools split their regular-season series, each team winning at home by the identical 59-53 score.

Top seed Johns Hopkins ousted Ursinus in the semifinal round, 66-45.

No. 21-ranked Gettysburg, the second seed, defeated Hopkins at home on Feb. 25 for the title, 64-55, and gaining the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament..

No. 17 Hopkins received an at-large bid.

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On March 1, in the first round of the NCAAs, unranked St. John Fisher (24-5) held Gettysburg (24-4) to a season-low 46 points and 31.7% shooting from the floor in a 55-46 upset.

Johns Hopkins (26-3) won its tourney opener, 75-66, against Marietta on March 1 and then upset No. 4-ranked and host Christopher Newport, 77-75, on March 2 to punch its ticket to the Sweet 16 for the first time in more than 25 years.

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