Bucktail’s Morgan, Neumann’s Trenholm earn first-team nods

Walk into their schools and forever their pictures will be there. Wherever they go, whatever they do, Meghan Trenholm, Maria Morgan, Steph Shamburg and Lori Horton can return to their respective schools and know they were among the best that ever played there.

Those four players have done things few, if any, ever have. The rest of the state has taken notice, too. All four were named to the Associated Press all-state teams Friday.

Neumann’s Trenholm and Bucktail’s Morgan were first-team Class A selections. Williamson’s Horton earned second-team Class AA honors and Warrior Run’s Shamburg was third team. Trenholm, Morgan and Horton became their programs’ inaugural all-state selections last year and Shamburg joined them in making history, becoming Warrior Run’s first honoree.

“It’s going to be hard to say goodbye to Neumann basketball but this helps me go off in a stronger way,” said Trenholm, a second teamer last year. “My team was amazing this year. I couldn’t have asked for better teammates to accomplish this goal. Without them I would not be able to do it.”

Trenholm rewrote Neumann’s record book and helped the program reach new heights. The four-year starter averaged 18.1 points, 9 rebounds, 7 steals and 3 assists per game. She was non-stop energy, igniting Neumann on both ends while playing like a center at times despite being 5-foot-7. She is among the program’s all-time leaders in rebounds and steals with more than 800 and 500, respectively and scored a record 1,723 points.

More impressive than the individual numbers was how Trenholm elevated the team. Neumann enjoyed its best season ever, reaching the state tournament for the first time. Trenholm was at her best in the playoffs, helping the Knights stun perennial power and District 3 champion Steelton-Highspire in states to reach the tournament’s second round.

Many have worn the Neumann uniform, but none of have played the game better.

“I just tried to do my best. It just means a lot to do this in my senior year,” said Trenholm who will attend Delaware Valley in the fall. “We knew from the beginning of the year we could make history. We thought we could go far and we proved that.”

Morgan means just as much to Bucktail. Like, Trenholm, the junior point guard has established herself as the program’s all-time best player. Morgan became Bucktail’s first all-state selection last year as a third teamer. Now she always will be the program’s inaugural first teamer.

“You always have to not dwell on the season before and you have to rise from it and I used that as motivation. I was third team last year and I didn’t want to stay there, I wanted to keep moving forward,” Morgan said. “I’m first team because of my teammates. We rose from a lot this year. I’m still shaking from it. It’s awesome.”

So was Morgan.

The three-year starter led District 4 in scoring for a second straight year despite every defense gearing to stop her, averaging 27.5 points per game. Morgan already has scored 1,763 career points and has averaged 26.3 points over her scholastic career, a number that only Montoursville legend Kelly Mazzante has surpassed in the last 20 years. The quick and athletic guard, however, does more than just score.

A point guard who sees the court better than most, Morgan averaged 7.9 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 5.4 steals per game. She was catalyst on a team that overcame the move of last year’s second-leading scorer and the loss of another starter to injury to make a five-win improvement and go 14-9. She never scored fewer than 15 points, topped 30 points nine times and twice topped 40, scoring a career-high 44 against Austin.

Many had not heard of Bucktail before. Morgan quickly is changing that.

“Everyone in Bucktail supports you no matter what. It’s like a second family and it’s an honor to feel like you have everyone behind you,” said Morgan, whose older brother A.J. is one of the boys program’s career leading scorers. “I didn’t even know about (all-state) until after I stared playing varsity and Tierney Pfirman was on it. I thought maybe I can get there someday but when I was younger I didn’t even know any of this was going to happen.”

Shamburg also has set a new standard at her school. Warrior Run’s all-time leading scorer helped revive a once dormant program over the last four years and was the MVP on a team that topped 20 wins and reached states for the first time in 19 years. Shamburg was a force on both ends, improved each season and played her best basketball when her team needed her most.

A four-year starter, Shamburg took a physical pounding inside but finished her career with 1,367 points, 841 rebounds and 286 steals. This past season, she averaged 15.8 points, 8 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game.

“I didn’t think anything of it (all-state) until (coach Jon) Weaver told me. I was like, oh, that is awesome,” Shamburg said. “It’s nice to end my senior season like this. Finally getting to states and now getting all-state is just great.”

Warrior Run suffered a devastating blow in its district playoff opener when point guard Emily Webb tore her ACL. Instead of the Defenders crumbling, Shamburg helped them make a breakthrough. Playing Mon-toursville in a state-qualifying game, she scored 24 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and made seven steals as she willed Warrior Run to overcome a 10-point third-quarter deficit and win, 43-37. Six nights later, Shamburg ended her career with another big performance scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds against state semifinalist Dunmore.

“I knew I didn’t want my season to end early,” said Shamburg who will attend Bloomsburg next fall. “I knew I had to do something to step up and help out. I had to be the leader and captain they chose for me to be.”

Horton delivered a similar determined effort on a nightly basis and earned all-state honors during a season when she commanded double and triple teams every game. The 6-3 center was the only starter back from last year’s team and was a marked player but still had her second straight dominant season, averaging 16.5 points, 15.5 rebounds, 6.1 blocks and 2.4 steals per game.

A force on both ends, Horton was a triple-double threat every night. Also an elite volleyball player, Horton scored a career-high 37 points and grabbed 23 rebounds in an early-season win over Canton.