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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Coach: Kevin Feltis, first year

Last year: 0-18

Returning starters: 5

Impact players: Merissa Look, sr., G/F; Jen Genthner, jr., C; Leslie Sandefur, soph., G/F; Danielle Pinkham, soph., G.

Outlook: Entire varsity team returns and there are still only two seniors. Genthner averaged 8 points and 8 rebounds a game as a sophomore.


Coach: Randy Hooper, eighth year

Last year: 13-7, lost in East quarterfinals

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet, sr., F; Taylor Simmons, sr., G; Hannah Marks, soph., PG.

Outlook: With KVAC Player of the Year Alanna Vose (23 ppg) taking her scoring and point guard skills to the University of New England, "our biggest challenge is to find our own identity," Hooper said. Marks worked her way up from the JV team last season to earn valuable minutes down the stretch. She, Hendrickson-Belloguet and Simmons are the only players with significant varsity experience, so senior forwards Desiree Brenner (5-10), Missy Philbrook (5-10) and Elise Wallace (5-8) need to step up. 


Coach: Becky Roak, first year

Last year: 7-11

Returning starters: 1

Impact players: Sadia Crosby, sr., F; Megan Hixon, sr., G; Hannah Rosetti, sr., F; Signe Ostergaard, fr., PG; Emma Harrington, fr., F.

Outlook: The 5-6 Ostergaard -- the younger sister of former Morse star and current Quinnipiac sophomore Nikoline Ostergaard -- will run the show. Crosby is the only returning starter and will be helped in the post by the 5-11 Harrington and the return of the 5-10 Rosetti, who was hurt most of her junior season. The big question is how well and how quickly the five returning players mesh with seven newcomers.


Coach: Teel Foster, fourth year

Last year: 12-6, lost in prelim

Returning starters: Not available

Impact players: Kennadi Grover, sr., F; Hannah Plourde, sr., F; Brook Dugan, jr., G.

Outlook: Grover has the ability to score, getting 22 and 16 in back-to-back wins in midseason last year.


Coach: Darren Littlefield, second year

Last year: 6-13, lost in West prelim

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Emily Bolduc, jr., G; Michaella Arsenault, soph., G; Brittina Maheux, sr., G; Melora Lavoie, sr., F.

Outlook: Very young a year ago, the Knights came on late for key wins to make the playoffs. Littlefield believes the foundation has been set for continued improvement and many Class B coaches agree Poland is on the rise, in large part due to the backcourt of two-time WMC all-conference pick Bolduc and Arsenault, who led the team in scoring and rebounding as a freshman.


Coach: Don Abbott, seventh year

Last year: 14-6, lost in West quarterfinals

Returning starters: 1

Impact players: Allison Furness, jr., F; Nicki Moody, jr., PG; Sophie Lamb, jr., F; Jordan Agger, jr., F; Stephanie Woods, jr., G.

Outlook: Furness was an all-WMC pick as a sophomore with 14 points and 7 rebounds a game. Moody played starter's minutes and is a strong defender who loves to slash to the basket. Likewise, Lamb played a lot as a sophomore. The addition of Agger, who played at Thornton Academy the last two years, adds high-quality versatility to a high-energy team that includes varsity veterans Sydney Lachapelle (jr., G), Meghan Young (jr., F), Stephanie Woods (jr., G), and Kaielyn Tufts (jr., G). This is a team that will challenge for a top-four finish.


Coach: Jay Lowery, second year

Last year: 9-11, lost in West quarterfinals

Returning starters: 3

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