Trib HSSN May Madness: Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Hopewell vs. Amani Johnson, East Allegheny

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Monday, June 1, 2020 | 9:00 AM


Over the course of the next month and a half, May Madness will determine who you fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

HSSN has put together two 32-player brackets, one for the boys and one for the girls of WPIAL alums. Outside of a few exceptions, the field is made up of former district players who excelled in more than one sport.

Each weekday, May Madness will have one matchup each on the boys’ and girls’ bracket with a little background info on each athlete found in a daily tale of the tape.

Starting at 9 a.m. Monday and running through 9 a.m. Tuesday, you can vote on the HSSN twitter page on the two athletes featured in this second-round matchup.

Check the HSSN website at noon Tuesday for the matchup’s final results.

Here is the contest for the girls; Round 2, Day 6:

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough vs. Amani Johnson is a battle between two of the most versatile athletes in the entire field. Both starred in basketball, so it is post player against perimeter player.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough — Hopewell Class of 2013

(Basketball, volleyball, track and field)

• Defeated Allyn Laughlin of Center in the first round, 91%-9%.

• 2012 and 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review female athlete of the year.

• 2011, 2012 and 2013 MSA Sports Network female athlete of the year.

• 2013 Gatorade Pennsylvania basketball player of the year.

• She finished her basketball career with 2,427 points, 13th on the all-time WPIAL scoring list.

• As a junior, she led Hopewell to a 25-3 record and a WPIAL Class AAA championship. In the title game, she scored 35 points in Hopewell’s 50-34 win over South Park.

• She is the all-time leading scorer at Hopewell after averaging 28.3 points and 10.1 rebounds her senior season.

• Walker-Kimbrough was first-team all-state in volleyball three years and led Hopewell to the WPIAL championship in 2012.

• She captured gold in the WPIAL long jump in 2012 and 2013 and won the district triple jump in 2013. Her long jump distance of 19 feet, 3 ½ inches was fourth-best in WPIAL history and her triple jump of 38-1 was 20th best.

• Walker-Kimbrough played college basketball at Maryland and has played in the WNBA for Washington and New York and was traded to Phoenix last month.

Amani Johnson — East Allegheny Class of 2018

(Basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball, track and field)

• Defeated Annie Houghton of Quaker Valley in the first round, 70%-30%.

• 2018 Trib HSSN athlete of the year.

• 2018 Pa. Gatorade girls basketball player of the year finalist and two-time Trib HSSN Terrific 10 all-star.

• Finished her basketball career at No. 16 on the WPIAL scoring list with 2,345 points.

• Johnson averaged nearly 29 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals a game her senior year in which the Wildcats finished 27-2 and reached the WPIAL finals and the PIAA semifinals.

• She scored 31 goals her senior year in soccer, giving her 77 goals in her career.

• Johnson split her fall athletic season between soccer and volleyball for East Allegheny.

• After playing softball her first three years of high school, Johnson traded in her glove, bat and spikes for track shoes as she switched to track and field in the spring of her senior year.

• Johnson is playing college basketball at Kennesaw State.

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