Photo by Stan Diamond / Observer-Reporter
Amber Harris led the Little Prexies to the PIAA Western final this season.

Amber Harris is simply the best

BY MIKE KOVAK, Staff writer

Team play and unselfishness have been two of the trademarks of the Washington High School girls basketball team.

That team-first attitude helped make the Little Prexies one of the PIAA's elite Class AA programs the last three years. Yet for all the balance and talent Washington has, one player managed to stand above the rest.

Wednesday, Washington senior Amber Harris stood above every other Class AA
player in Pennsylvania. One day after being named first-team all-state by The Associated Press, Harris was selected as the Class AA Player of the Year
in a statewide voting by sportswriters and broadcasters.

It's the highest individual honor for the ultimate team player. As a senior,
Harris averaged 17.7 points, 11.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists as Wash High
finished 25-5 and reached the Class AA Western Final, before losing to
Girard for the third straight season.

"She's very unselfish. She often will pass up shots we think she should be taking," Washington coach Bill Fleissner said.

"Defensively, we put her on the ball in our press. With her size, reach and quickness, she creates a lot of problems there."

Harris is one of four WPIAL players to receive Player of the Year honors. Monessen's Charel Allen, who is being recruited by nearly every NCAA Division I Top 10 program, claimed the Class A award, while Meg Bulger of Oakland Catholic (West Virginia) and Moon's Erin Wigley (Illinois) claimed the Quad-A and AAA awards, respectively.

Harris, a 6-foot forward/center, has yet to make her college decision, but is choosing from a list of schools that includes Duquesne, Robert Morris - where Ringgold's Brittany Warren will play next year - and Division II California University.