|Makenzie Mason||Emily Sheehan|
For the second straight year, senior Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) was named Landmark Conference Player of the Year and classmate Emily Sheehan (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) earned Defensive Player of the Year accolades to lead the way for the Lady Royals in the Landmark All-Conference women's basketball selections that were announced on Wednesday morning.
Both players also received All-Landmark Conference First Team honors. This marks the third straight First Team selection for Mason, while Sheehan makes her first career appearance on the first team after earning second team honors a season ago.
Mason becomes the second player in program history to earn Landmark Player of the Year honors in consecutive years after the Lady Royals' Megan Kopecki won the award in three straight years from 2009-11. The Doylestown, Pa., native helped lead Scranton to their fifth straight conference title and was named Landmark Conference Tournament MVP after recording a double-double in both tournament games including a 21 point, 12 rebound performance in Saturday's 63-42 championship victory over Catholic. Mason leads the team in scoring (14.1 ppg) and rebounding (6.9 rpg) and played some of her best basketball down the stretch as she is averaging 16.1 points per game in her last 11 games to go along with a 54.4% field goal percentage in that time.
Sheehan garnered Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second straight year after leading a Lady Royals team that has allowed just 52.6 points per game, a total that leads the conference and is tied for 16th nationally. Sheehan leads the team with 39 steals on the season and Scranton has allowed 60 points or less in nine of their last 11 games. The senior guard also provided key contributions offensively as she is the team's second-leading scorer at 10.9 points per game and ranks fourth in the Landmark in three-point shooting at 37.7%.
The Lady Royals will host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament this weekend and will battle Endicott in the opening round on Friday night at 7 p.m.