December 6, 2012

Girls' basketball preview

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Tiana-Jo Carter, left, at 6-foot-2 is a strong defender as well as an offensive threat for Lake Region, the Western Class B champion.

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Allie Clement directs the offense for a McAuley team that will seek to win a third straight Class A state title after going 22-0 last season.

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FREEPORT

Coach: Jim Seavey, first year

Last year: 9-10, lost in West prelim

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Nina Davenport, jr., F; Leigh Wyman, sr., G; Aubrey Pennell, sr., PG; Jocelyn Davee, sr., F; Hannah Chase, sr., G.

Outlook: After a year as an assistant at the University of Southern Maine, Seavey is back at the high school level. His teams won state titles at Scarborough (2010) and Greely (2004). Pennell's health is a concern. She missed the majority of the games last season due to injury and "tweaked" the same injury at the end of the soccer season. Davee and Chase played sparingly a year ago but Seavey feels they were under-utilized and have the talent to play key roles. At 5-10, Davenport is a strong rebounder (9.1 rpg), tenacious defender (4.1 steals) and top scoring threat (17.7 ppg) who will have to match up against some of Class B's top inside players.

FRYEBURG ACADEMY

Coach: Sean Watson, first year

Last year: 5-13

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Kendra Fox, sr., G; Skye Dole, jr., C; Sarah Welch, jr., F.

Outlook: The 6-foot Dole led the Raiders in scoring (11.2 ppg) and rebounding (11.4) as a sophomore and has improved. Fox and Welch provide experience, and strong, athletic defense. A playoff bid could hinge on two freshmen: point guard Julia Quinn and versatile 5-9 freshman Lexi L'Heureux-Carland, whom Watson says can play anywhere from off-guard to center.

GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER

Coach: Mike Andreasen, second year

Last year: 10-10, lost in West quarterfinals

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Maria Valente, soph., F; Haylee Cote, sr., G; Sammie Wilkins, sr., G; Stephanie Greaton, jr., C; Michele Dehetre, sr., G.

Outlook: The Patriots have a chance to challenge the top teams in Western B with the return of starters Valente (13.6 ppg), 3-point threat Cote (11 3s in two tourney games) and Wilkins, along with varsity veterans Greaton (5-11), shooting guard Dehetre and junior forwards Julia Martell and Grace Ferguson. Last season they were 0-6 against Lake Region, York and Greely. "Those teams are typically in the semifinals. To break into the party you have to beat those teams," Andreasen said.

GREELY

Coach: Joel Rogers, first year

Last year: 17-4, lost in West final

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Jaclyn Storey, sr., F; Ashley Storey, soph., G; Caton Beaulieu, sr., G; Jordynne Copp, jr., F; Abigail Nelson, jr., F; Blais Tardiff, jr., F.

Outlook: The Storey sisters give Greely excellent size on defense. This year Jaclyn Storey looks to move her all-around game more to the perimeter. The Rangers should again challenge for the Western title but are adapting to their fourth coach in five years and are likely without three-year starter Beaulieu (back injury) until after the holiday. Greely's backups at the point are varsity newcomers.

LAKE REGION

Coach: Paul True, ninth year

Last year: 19-3, lost in state final

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Sydney Hancock, sr., PG; Tiana-Jo Carter, jr., C; Kelsey Winslow, sr. F; Sarah Hancock, soph., G.

Outlook: Athletic and ever-improving, the 6-2 Carter (15 points, 17 rebounds and 3 blocks per game) is a game-changer at both ends. Sydney Hancock was named the top player in the regional tournament last year, and True calls Winslow "one of the most under-rated players in our league." Senior forwards Savannah Devoe and Kathryn Cutting, and guards Kayleigh LePage and Miranda Chadbourne will fill various roles. Western champs in 2006-08 and 2012, the Lakers are comfortable being labeled the team to beat. "We expect when we're healthy to be able to compete with whoever we play," True said.

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