2019 Clarion Herald’s Elite Girls’ Basketball Team

By Ron Brocato, Clarion Herald

The 2019 Clarion Herald’s Elite Girls’ Basketball team includes two coaches of the year whose will to win overcame difficult times and a group of athletes who performed to their highest  levels of capability.

Cabrini head coach Nancy Walsh overcame a difficult period of treatments to defeat her personal bout with breast cancer. 

St. Katharine Drexel Prep head man Terry Wilson guided his young team to a Division III state title in 2018, and  has them poised to defend their  crown while still young, underclassmen.

Coach of the Year

Cabrini head coach Nancy Walsh (top left)  fought through the ordeal of breast cancer to lead her team to a 20-13 record and the District 10-4A championship.

Coach of the Year

Terry Wilson (top right) guided St. Katharine Drexel Prep to a  19-6 regular-season record and into the playoffs in an effort to repeat as Division III champion.

Outstanding Player

Brionne Woods (top middle), 5-foot-8 shooting guard from Cabrini,  was the Crescents’ go-to player in clutch situations. The senior led by example.

Kylie Barré   5-6
Dominican, Junior

Tomyree Thompson   5-9
St.  Mary’s Academy, Sophomore


Jordan Berry      5-7
Mount Carmel, Senior


Tyra Vaughn   5-6
St. Katharine Drexel Prep, Junior


Tyrielle Williams   5-5
Ursuline Academy, Sophomore

Chardae Dixon   5-7
St. Katharine Drexel Prep, Sophomore

Kennedi Jackson      6-3
Ursuline Academy, Senior

Skylar Miller   5-6
De La Salle, Senior

Hannah Weston   5-4
Cabrini, Sophomore

Kiersten Nelson   6-0
Ursuline Academy, Junior

The Clarion Herald’s Elite Girls’ Basketball Team was selected and photographed by Ron Brocato



There are six familiar faces among the ladies who earned spots on the Clarion Herald’s 2019 Elite Girls’ Basketball team. One includes this year’s Outstanding Player, Cabrini senior guard Brionne Woods. She was chosen for her senior leadership and prolific shooting ability. 

Senior Kennedi Jackson of Ursuline is also back along with Dominican’s Kylie Barré, Mount Carmel’s Jordan Berry, Tyra Vaughn of St. Katharine Drexel Prep and Tomyree Thompson of St. Mary’s Academy, a sophomore in her third year on the team.