Clarion Herald’s 2015 Elite Girls’ Basketball Team

Presenting the Queen and her court.
Unbeknownst to Cabrini’s head basketball coach Nancy Walsh, her team’s best player, Rakell Spencer inherited the nickname, “Queen.”
Perhaps it is because the 5-foot-10 junior can play any of the five positions on the court with equal ability. Or maybe it’s because she is among the area’s best athletes on the volleyball court and outdoor track as well.
But, as she did in her sophomore season, Spencer once more earned the Outstanding Player accolade on the Clarion Herald’s 2015 Elite Girls’ Basketball team.
Her resume includes a 15-points-per game scoring average to add to her 10 rebounds, three assists and 2.6 steals a game on a team that has posted a 27-5 record and a spot in the Class 4A semifinal round game.
Walsh also repeated as Coach of the Year for leading the Crescents back to the state tournament. Her 2004 team won the 4A championship.
The Queen’s court includes two scoring aces who recorded 1,000 points this season.
They are senior Taylor Berry of District 9-5A champion Mount Carmel, and Dominican’s Gabby Sperber. Just a junior, Sperber is well on her way to becoming one of her school’s top three scorers.
Mount Carmel senior Kristen Nuss, also a three-sport standout, is the No. 1 defensive player among archdiocesan schools.
And a star of the future is Academy of the Sacred Heart center Claire Moreau, who averaged a double-double in scoring and rebounding in her freshman season.

Outstanding player

Junior Rakell Spencer, known as “Queen” around the Cabrini campus, has proven her versatility at multiple positions. At 5-10, the three-sport athlete was among the Catholic schools’ leaders in scoring and rebounding.

Coach of the year

Nancy Walsh has guided Cabrini to a 27-5 record and a berth in the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Girls’ Championship semifinals. Under Walsh, the Crescents won the 2004 Class 4A championship.

Kristen Nuss
Mount Carmel
5-6   Senior

Claire Moreau
Acad. Sacred Heart
5-10   Freshman

Gabby Sperber
5-4   Junior

Kelsey Pinera
5-5   Sophomore

Taylor Berry
Mount Carmel
5-7   Senior

Kayla Noto
5-10    Senior

Lela Hill
St. Charles Catholic
5-6   Junior

Kourtney Weber
5-11   Freshman

Rachael LePere
Abp. Hannan
5-7   Senior

Rakell Spencer
5-10   Junior


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