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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Impact players: Grace O'Donell, jr., F; Lane Simsarian, soph., F; Sean Cahill, jr., C; Shannon Fallon, soph., G.

Outlook: Lowery is intent on creating an offensive approach that gets scoring from "all five positions." Cahill, the younger sister of Morgan Cahill (now playing at St. Joseph's) and Fallon are two players Lowery expects to improve both their scoring and all-around play. Simsarian provides shut-down defense. Junior Monica Austin, injured much of last season, could prove to be the team's top all-around player. The team has just two seniors. Only 13 players are in the program -- which is an improvement over last year when Yarmouth was down to eight players and did not have a junior varsity team.

YORK

Coach: Rick Clark, 31st year

Last year: 15-5, lost in West semifinals

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Emily Campbell, sr., F/C; Marquis MacGlashing, sr., F/C; Ruby Cribby, sr., G; Anne Graziano, jr., G; Madelin Leroux, jr., F.

Outlook: The 6-1 Campbell and 5-11 MacGlashing are four-year varsity players and complementary forces. Campbell is capable of scoring in multiple ways. MacGlashing is a rugged rebounder and inside scorer. Clark has four freshmen on the varsity -- "That's a first for me," he said -- including 5-8 forward/guard Shannon Todd, who is challenging for a starting spot. With eight returning varsity players and above-average size, York is primed to challenge defending Western champ Lake Region.

• CLASS C

BOOTHBAY REGION

Coach: Tanner Grover, first year

Last year: 13-7, lost in West semifinal

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Sarah Caron, sr., G; Alex Clarke, sr., F; Allison Crocker, sr., F; Morgan Crocker, soph., G; Hannah Morley, fr., PG.

Outlook: The 6-1 Clarke has worked hard to add more offense to her already strong defense and rebounding. Allison Crocker adds more inside power while Caron has a versatile offensive game. Morley's ability to handle the point guard role as a freshman is pivotal while Morgan Crocker (Allison's cousin) is a strong perimeter defender. Junior guard Abby McLellan and 5-11 freshman Avae Traina add quality depth.

LISBON

Coach: Julie Wescott, second year

Last year: 7-12, lost in West prelim

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Denise Thomas, sr., F; Bailey Madore, sr., G; Mia Durgin, soph., G; Breeann Sautter, fr., G; Adrianna White, fr., F.

Outlook: Thomas returns as leading rebounder and second-leading scorer. Madore, a key member of the state champion field hockey team, is also a proven scorer.

NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY

Coach: Liz Smith, fourth year

Last year: 9-10, lost in West prelim

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Charlotte Esancy, jr., F; Mallory Ianno, sr., PG; Chloe Lieshman, jr., G; Lillie Reder, sr., G.

Outlook: NYA knew it would be replacing leading scorer Morgan Scully, but a lack of offense could be especially glaring with second-leading scorer Esancy trying to come back from a concussion. Ianno is expected to handle the point and Lieshman is the top 3-point shooter. Freshman Liz McIntosh, a 5-9 forward, will probably crack the starting lineup. Sophomore Hannah Carr, a transfer from Lewiston, can add offense in the post.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Coach: Dean Plante, third year

Last year: 12-8, lost in West quarterfinals

Returning starters: 5

Impact players: Mackenzie Rague, soph., PG; Anna Foss, sr., F; Christina Colman, sr., C; Haley Plante, soph., G; Abby Dubois, soph., F; Daphne Allen, sr., F.

Outlook: That Colman, the center, led the team in 3-point baskets and attempts is a clear indication that the undersized Seagulls are looking to run and gun. Plante said his team will shoot between 15 and 20 3-point shots a game and look to wear teams down with pressure defense and a rotation of up to 11 players. A group of five competitive, athletic seniors, which includes defensive sparkplug Olivia Dubois at guard, has created a close-knit team that returns 11 players. OOB is likely to be a top challenger to Waynflete in Western Class C.

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