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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SACOPEE VALLEY

Coach: Chris Hughes, fifth year

Last year: 7-11

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Kristen Lyle, sr., G/F; Morgan Sanborn, jr., G; Dakota Miner, jr., F; Emma Glatzer, soph., F.

Outlook: Lyle and Sanborn, the leading scorer a year ago, should carry the scoring load with support from Miner and Glatzer. The Hawks utilized a defense-first approach a year ago in its wins but will continue to struggle against the upper echelon Class C teams, and improved Class B teams Gray-New Gloucester and Fryeburg are also on the schedule.

TRAIP ACADEMY

Coach: Paul Marquis, 13th year   

Last year: 11-9, lost in West semifinals

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Alli Barrett, jr., G; Kendra Kagiliery, jr., G.

Outlook: With Selena Lorrey now at Bowdoin after a 1,000-point career, the Rangers will have a big hole to fill and once again play a tough schedule. Seven players return, including two-time all-WMC pick Barrett, but there is only one senior on the roster. Kageliery has the green light to shoot from "anywhere." Marquis will use his bench liberally to ratchet up the tempo. Traip ran the Class C portion of its regular-season schedule last season. That will be a much tougher task this year. The Rangers may have to pull a Class B upset to make the tournament.  

WAYNFLETE

Coach: Brandon Salway, seventh year

Last year: 13-8, lost in West final

Returning starters: 5

Impact players: Martha Veroneau, sr., PG; Catherine Veroneau, sr., F; Ann Veroneau, fr., G; Rhiannan Jackson, sr., G; Leigh Fernandez, jr., G.

Outlook: The Flyers showed last year they can shoot the ball with any team. Four-year starter Martha Veroneau set Class C tournament records with 47 points and nine 3-pointers in the Western semifinal and the team set single-game and tournament 3-point records. A small group, they will continue to look to run whenever possible. Catherine Veroneau could be the key. She missed the playoffs last year with a second ACL surgery but is back and playing well. Younger sister Ann is expected to crack the starting lineup. Sophomore guards Julianna Harwood and Helen Gray-Bauer are also returning. With several tough Class B matchups on the schedule, the Flyers may suffer some losses but will be a very real threat come playoff time.

WISCASSET

Coach: Patrick Quinn, third year

Last year: 2-16

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Briana Goud, jr., F; Kasey Cromwell, jr., G; Heidi Pinkham, sr., G; Alecia Faulkingham, soph., G; Kayla Gordon, soph., F; Miranda McIntire, soph., F.

Outlook: The Wolverines have solid overall size with six players listed at 5-9, but the best attribute of the youthful team should be its speed. Quinn is hoping that leads to more flexibility. 

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GREATER PORTLAND CHRISTIAN

Coach: Keith Dawson, third year

Last year: 8-10, lost in West quarterfinals

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Elaine Beech, sr., G; Kim Dawson, sr., G; Clarissa Jones, fr., C; Ashlee Dawson, fr., PG; Rachel Ruel, soph., F

Outlook: The Lions have some talented players back from last year, including leading scorer Beech, and their top 3-point shooter Kim Dawson. Ruel is a newcomer who will help stabilize the defense. The players are versatile, which should give GPC a matchup advantage. If the bench develops, look for the Lions to make another playoff run with a good mix of inside and outside play.

HYDE SCHOOL

Coach: Richard Polgar, first year

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