Gatesman nets all-state first-team honor

Tara Hinderliter

Gatesman nets all-state first-team honor

Redbank's Hinderliter earns third-team slot

CLARION North Clarion's girls basketball team may have finished the season with an incomplete grade due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but on Wednesday, the She-Wolves learned that there was a silver lining to the campaign as senior Abby Gatesman was named one of the top basketball players in the state as the 2020 all-state girls basketball teams were released.

Gatesman was named to the first team in Class 1A while another Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference standout, Redbank Valley senior Tara Hinderliter, was named to the third team in Class 2A.

Gatesman led North Clarion to a 26-1 record en route to a KSAC championship and a spot in the PIAA Class 1A quarterfinals before the playoffs were canceled due to the coronavirus. The She-Wolves were slated to take on Rochester in the Elite 8.

The 5-10 guard/forward finished the season at 14.6 points per game while also adding 6.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.1 steals per contest. Those numbers increased to 16.2 points, 11.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game in the postseason.

Gatesman, who was named third-team all-state in 2019, finished the season with 395 points, which propelled her to becoming the ninth girl in North Clarion history to eclipse 1,000 points. Her 1,236 career points ranks fourth all-time for the She-Wolves. A four-year contributor for the purple and gold, the Clarion University recruit finished an eye-popping 98-12 during her time under coach Terry Dreihaup at North Clarion.

Hinderliter, meanwhile, led the Bulldogs to their most successful season in more than two decades as Redbank Valley claimed its first district championship and first state playoff victory since 1998. The Bulldogs, which finished the season at 21-7, reached the Class 2A Sweet 16 before being ousted by two-time defending champion Bellwood-Antis.

At the heart of all of that success was Hinderliter, a 5-6 point guard who led District 9 in scoring at 21.1 ppg.

The Penn State DuBois recruit scored at least 25 points on 10 different occasions during the 2019-20 season, including a high-water mark of 40 points. She finished the season with 590 points, putting her well beyond 1,000 as she now sits second on the Bulldogs' all-time scoring list with 1,401, trailing only her older sister, Brooke, who graduated in 2016 with 1,997 points.

The all-state teams are voted on and selected by sports writers across the state of Pennsylvania.