December 6, 2013

10 Girls' Basketball Players to Watch

Tiana-Jo Carter: senior, Lake Region: Few players control the paint better than Carter has for the Lakers the past three seasons. A fierce rebounder and shot-blocker, she has committed to the University of Albany and now is free to focus on getting Lake Region back to the state final and this time winning it.

Allie Clement: senior, McAuley: The reigning Maine Sunday Telegram Player of the Year, she averaged 17 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.7 steals despite playing through a stress fracture in her foot. Reportedly still less than 100 percent, the Marist-bound player is looking to lead the Lions to a fourth straight Class A title.

Victoria Lux: junior, McAuley: With teammate Olivia Smith sidelined until mid-January (at least), expect Lux to far surpass her 9.2 points, 8.4 rebounds average of a year ago, especially if she continues to shoot at 57 percent from the floor. “She’s bringing it. She’s in shape and really dedicated to get to another level,” McAuley Coach Bill Goodman said.

Maria Valente: junior, Gray-New Gloucester: Not the biggest or fastest player but perhaps the most fearless. Two-time All-WMC pick is a consistent scorer who flings her 5-9 frame around the gym and knows how to get to the line.

Nina Davenport: senior, Freeport: A sturdy 5-11, she raised her game to an All-Telegram level last season, averaging 19.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and an impressive 3.9 steals per game, in the process getting the Falcons past the preliminary rounds.

Alison Furness: senior, Wells: Two-time All-WMC pick has shown an ability to step up in big games, and averaged 14.3 points and over seven boards as a junior. The Warriors need her, and her eight fellow seniors, to play that way every night.

Shannon Todd: sophomore, York: Stepped right into a senior-led starting lineup and became a top-level threat as a freshman. Has the ability to shoot the 3, attack the rim and distribute. Her progression might be slowed by missing at least the first two weeks while recovering from mononucleosis.

Olivia Shaw: senior, Thornton Academy: Averaged over 12 points a game as the primary option during a 12-8 season as a junior. At 6 feet with nearly unlimited range, Shaw is difficult to defend.

Olivia Smith: senior, McAuley: At 6-foot-3 with smooth moves to the basket, Smith has committed to play at Dartmouth. She will be out of the McAuley lineup until at least mid-January due to a knee injury. 

Ashley Storey: junior, Greely: A three-year varsity starter, the 6-2 Storey is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery but is expected back prior to Christmas.

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