Monday, March 10, 2014
Maria Valente of Gray-New Gloucester is a two-time all-Western Maine Conference selection who hopes to propel the Patriots deep into the tournament.
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Allie Clement, who will head to Division I Marist next year, is back to help McAuley add to its 48-game winning streak with another Class A championship.
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Coach: Brian Heal, fourth year
Last season: 4-14
Returning starters: 3
Impact players: Carissa Gelinas, jr., PG; Bailey Cote, sr., F; Charlotte White, soph., G; Kendra Cote, fresh, F.
Outlook: Gelinas (14 ppg) heads a group of four juniors entering their third year on varsity as the Tigers try to take another step toward playoff contention. Lone senior Bailey Cote has taken more of a leadership role while Kendra Cote (a distant cousin) is expected to start right away.
Coach: Suzanne Rondeau, eighth year
Last season: 7-12; lost in Western A prelim
Impact players: Samantha Maxfield, jr., G/F; Bethany Ashley, soph., G; Delaney McCoullough, jr., PG; Cassidy Emery, soph., G; Elizabeth Bushey, jr., F.
Outlook: Rondeau believes this year’s team is the most athletic and best shooting squad she has had at Bonny Eagle. The Scots will look to make up for a lack of size with defensive intensity and an up-tempo game. Seven players return to the regular rotation. Maxfield, a dynamic player, will shift from power forward to guard and figures to lead a deep rotation.
Coach: Sam Farrell, fifth year
Last year: 2-16 in Eastern A
Returning starters: 4
Impact players: Anna Dimick, sr., F; Lyse Henshaw, sr., G; Julia Champagne, jr., G; Gillian Doehring, soph., G; Emily Black, soph., G.
Outlook: Six freshmen join three sophomores on the varsity roster. Farrell is looking for improvement and wants to do it with a run-and-gun style led by Champagne, whom Farrell calls “one of the best players in the conference.” Blending the youth with the key older players will be critical for overall success.
Coach: Richie Ashley, seventh year
Last season: 18-3, lost in Western A final
Returning starters: 1
Impact players: Georgia Ford, sr., PG; Sadie Lyons, sr., F; Cassidy Grover, sr., C; Alisha Starbird, sr., SG; Jillian Libby, jr., G/F; Jess Willerson, soph., F/C.
Outlook: Despite Ford being the only returning starter – and she is shifting to the point – the Stags are cited by many opposing coaches to be a top-four caliber team. “We’ll see about that,” Ashley said. “We’re young. We have five seniors but they haven’t played a lot.” Cheverus will be among the taller teams, with a starting lineup likely to be 5-9, 5-11 and three 6-footers, including the multi-talented 6-2 Willerson.
Coach: Mike Murphy sixth year
Last season: 17-3; lost in Western A semifinal
Returning starters: 1
Impact players: Lee Ann Downs, sr., G; Tasia Titherington, F, G; Courtney Brett, jr., G.
Outlook: Deering graduated four seniors, including point guard Chelsea Saucier, 6-4 post Marissa MacMillan and its best outside shooters. A top-tier program for the past decade that has emphasized defensive principles, lone returning starter Downs will be surrounded by young Rams who will have to develop quickly.
Coach: Mari Warner, fourth year
Last season: 9-10, lost in Western B preliminary
Returning starters: 2
Impact players: Ally Hickey, jr., G; Dana Vasconcelos, junior, G/F; Emma Powers, sr., PG; Jessica Burton, jr., F
Outlook: Hickey, a 6-foot guard, and Vasconcelos are returning starters as Falmouth looks to continue its late-season improvement from a year ago. This year the schedule remains in Western Maine Conference Class B while any tournament appearance will be in Western A. The 5-11 Burton adds size and talent, as does 6-1 junior Kayla Walsh. Senior guard Erica Pugsley is another player who was limited a year ago (hand injury) who could make a breakthrough.
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