Home Local Sports Ursuline’s Jezelle Banks, St. Elizabeth’s Ericka Huggins earn first-team all-state basketball honors

Ursuline’s Jezelle Banks, St. Elizabeth’s Ericka Huggins earn first-team all-state basketball honors

Ursuline eighth-grader Jezelle Banks (left) and St. Elizabeth junior Ericka Huggins were named first-team all-state selections on March 17. Dialog photos

Jezelle “GG” Banks of Ursuline and Ericka Huggins of St. Elizabeth are among the Catholic school students who were selected to the all-state girls basketball teams. The teams were drawn March 17 from nominations submitted by the state’s coaches and media members who regularly cover the sport. Votes were submitted before the semifinals of the state tournament.

Banks, an eighth-grader, helped the Raiders put together a 22-2 season that ended with a loss in the state championship game to Sanford. Both of Ursuline’s losses came to the Warriors.

Joining Banks on the first team is Huggins, a junior who was the Vikings’ leading scorer and rebounder this season. St. Elizabeth went 11-11 this season, bowing out in the second round of the tournament to Ursuline. They battled injuries and other factors this season that left them with a depleted roster.

The state player of the year is Sanford’s Dallas Pierce. The senior scored 24 points in the state title game vs. Ursuline, including three three-pointers and all five foul shots she attempted. Pierce will play next season at the University of Massachusetts. The other members of the first team are Sanford senior Azareya Kilgoe and Tatnall senior Emma Kirby.

Lucy Oliver splits a pair of Buccaneers defenders for this shot attempt.

Archmere junior Lucy Oliver is one of two Catholic school athletes on the second team. Oliver helped the Auks to a 16-5 record — the program’s most wins in a season — and the sixth seed in the state tournament, where they lost to Woodbridge in the second round.

The other Catholic school student on the second team is Taylor Brown, Ursuline’s other eighth-grader.

The other second-team selections, in alphabetical order:

Reghan Robinson, junior, Woodbridge

Imirah Trader, senior, A.I. duPont

Taylor Brown carries the ball into traffic.

Chastity Wilson, sophomore, Caravel.


Third team

Ainsley Bell, senior, Delmarva Christian

Cherish Bryant, sophomore, Tatnall

Jasiyah Crawford, junior, Caravel

Payton Keeler, senior, Woodbridge

Faith Re, sophomore, Cape Henlopen


Honorable mention

Kai Burnette, sophomore, Smyrna

Alyssa Cresto, senior, Appoquinimink

Amalia Fruchtman, freshman, Cape Henlopen

Maya Hill, sophomore, Delaware Military

Kallie Hopkins, senior, Polytech

Ursuline’s Hannah Kelley eyes the basket during a game at Mount Pleasant. Dialog photo

Hannah Kelley, senior, Ursuline

Anaya Price, junior, Caravel

Kyla Reed, junior, Appoquinimink

Elia Richardson, senior, St. Georges

Sa’Ni Savage, senior, Middletown

Caitlin Smith, senior, Tower Hill

Jada Snow, sophomore, Sanford

Amirah Tingle, sophomore, Seaford

Carlie Venables, senior, Laurel

Kimahni Woods, senior, A.I. duPont