But what really made the 5-foot-5 Stipa stand out is just how tough she was. Game after game, Stipa's grit and determination helped the Rams overcome a tough nonleague schedule and win many games in which they trailed by double digits.
Stipa continually rose to the occasion, helping the Rams to a third straight Pioneer Athletic Conference crown, as well as berths in the District 1 Class AAAA title game and PIAA state championship game.
Alex Louin, Mount St. Joseph
Perhaps the most athletically gifted player in the area, the 6-foot senior can take the ball to the hoop, shoot the mid-range jumper, and knock down the three, making her a threat all over the court. The Villanova-bound guard, who has great ballhandling skills for her height, averaged 17.4 points, consistently grabbing rebounds and earning steals, and helping the Magic earn their second straight Catholic Academies championship and a berth in the District 1 Class AAAA final four.
Mia Farmer, Cardinal O'Hara
Headed to George Washington, the 5-foot-9 senior averaged 16.5 points for the Lions. Explosive at the point, as well as a solid defender, Farmer was always a threat to penetrate the lane, taking it to the hoop or kicking the ball out to an open teammate. The Catholic League Most Valuable Player carried the Lions during many games this season, as O'Hara advanced to the league semifinals and the Class AAAA state tournament.
Ciani Cryor, Neumann-Goretti
Dynamic with amazing ballhandling skills, Cryor adjusted to her first season with the Saints quickly and with resounding results. Helping the program earn its first Catholic League championship since it became Neumann-Goretti in 2004 and capture the District 12 Class AA championship, Cryor sparked the Saints to a 29-1 record, with the loss coming in the state final. The 5-foot-5 junior, a transfer from Prep Charter, averaged 13 points as she anchored the quickest transition team in the area, and she also made her presence felt on the defensive end.
Alyssa Monaghan, Bonner-Prendergast
A sharpshooting guard for the Pandas, the 5-foot-7 junior has remarkable range from beyond the arc, hitting 69 three-pointers this season, second-highest among area players. But she can do a lot more than just shoot the three, and she was always dangerous with the ball in her hands. Averaging 16.7 points, the St. Joseph's recruit helped make the Pandas one of the top programs in the Catholic League.