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1997 ALL-AREA GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM

March 23, 1997

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If the accompanying photographs look familiar, you're not mistaken.

The three Baldwin players -- Mary Denning, Ann Martin and Audrey Millstein -- plus their coach Ted Zuzzio are repeat selections for the Journal-World all-area girls basketball team.

Baldwin, the Class 4A state runner-up in 1997 after winning the crown in '96, finished with a school-best 24-2 record.

The Baldwin seniors posted a 74-22 record in four seasons as starters. After enduring a 10-11 record as freshman, Denning, Martin and Millstein helped the Bulldogs go 64-11 the past three seasons.

The three Bulldogs are joined on the first team by Wellsville senior standout Emily Bloss and Perry-Lecompton junior Erin Erickson, the lone underclassman on the squad.

Bloss keyed the Eagles' run for the Class 3A state championship as Wellsville closed the season with an eight-game winning streak to finish with a 16-10 record.

Erickson, the Kaws' leading scorer, helped P-L finish 13-8 for their best season in 12 years.

Here are capsules on the J-W's top five:

Emily Bloss, Wellsville

6-0, senior, forward

Bloss averaged 25.3 points and 10 rebounds her senior season to lead the Eagles to their first state championship.

She set school records for points in a career (1,732), season (657) and game (51).

Bloss led the Eagles in scoring in all 26 games and reached double digits 25 times. She scored more than 20 points in 19 games, including the last eight.

At the state tournament in Hutchinson, Bloss averaged 24.7 points to lead all scorers.

"She was so athletic," first-year Wellsville coach Rick Hall said. "She has to be one of the most athletic people I saw in the state. Defensively when she wanted to guard someone, there wasn't much they could do. She is graceful and has an intensity that separates her form others. It'll probably be a long time before I coach anybody like her again."

Bloss will compete in basketball and track at Emporia State. She is a three-time state champ in the 400.

Mary Denning, Baldwin

6-1, senior, center

Denning averaged 15.7 points, shot 56.1 percent from the field and had seven rebounds a game for Baldwin her senior year.

A force inside, Denning blocked three shots a game.

"We haven't had anybody block or alter so many shots," Zuzzio said.

Denning started all 96 games for Baldwin the past four years. She finished her prep career with 1,296 points and 620 rebounds to rank third in school history in both categories. Her 50.4 percent shooting from the field ranks second.

"Her biggest value were her work habits," Zuzzio said. "She's so unselfish. You have to yell out at Mary to shoot the ball because she was passing out. She can shoot with either hand. I have had coaches ask me if she is right- or left-handed. She is the prodigy of hard work."

Denning will play next season for Pittsburg State.

Erin Erickson, Perry-Lecompton

5-11, junior, center

Erickson averaged 16.1 points and six rebounds a game to help Perry-Lecompton challenge for the Kaw Valley League crown.

Erickson, a three-year starter, shot 57 percent from the field, had 21 blocks and 30 steals.

She was the leading scorer at the Jefferson County North tournament.

"She's by far our most conistent and strongest player," P-L coach Theresa Beatty said. "In our league, she was the shortest center. She made up for it with her experience, consistency and strenghth."

Erickson is also a standout in volleyball and softball.

Ann Martin, Baldwin

5-6, senior, guard

Martin averaged 12.1 points a game and shot 48 percent from the field.

She scored a game-high 15 points -- 12 on four three-pointers -- in the 4A final. She had 48 three-pointers for the season.

Martin, who also started all 96 games the past four years, dished 130 assists her senior year and finished with 436 for her career to rank No. 1 on the school charts. She also ranks first in steals with 287.

"Ann was our quarterback, our coach on the floor," Zuzzio said. "She initiated everything we did."

An all-round athlete, Martin participates in cross country, volleyball, basketball and track. She is one letter away from lettering four years in all four sports.

Martin is undecided on a college. William Jewell, Rockhurst and Missouri Southern are among schools expressing interest.

Audrey Millstein

5-10, senior, forward

Millstein averaged 13.7 points and eight rebounds her senior season.

She finished her prep career with 1,077 points to rank fifth on the school charts. Her 546 boards rank fourth all-time at BHS.

Her 48.1 field-goal percentage ranks third on Baldwin's charts.

"She's our most gifted, pure athlete," Zuzzio said. "She can run, jump, play outside, inside. She's so versatile."

Millstein plans to compete in track at Kansas University next year.

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