Sunday, March 9, 2014
Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer
Opponents will have their hands full with Martha Veroneau of Waynflete. Last year in the tournament she set a record by scoring 47 points in a game.
WESTERN CLASS A
McAuley's Allie Clement
Wells' Alison Furness
FAVORITES: McAuley is the favorite. The two-time defending Class A state champion Lions bring a 44-game winning streak into the tournament and won their regular- season games by an average of 36.1 points. The Lions have speed, size, outside shooting and strong inside play, creating matchup problems for just about anyone.
WATCH OUT FOR: If any teams are going to challenge McAuley, it will be Deering or Cheverus. Deering, which forces you to play its style, was the only team to come within 10, losing 43-35 on Jan. 5. Cheverus has the talent and experience to match the Lions, but the Stags need to limit their turnovers.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Allie Clement, junior, guard, McAuley (18.1 ppg, 2.6 assists, 2.9 steals); Chelsea Saucier, senior, guard, Deering (8.3 ppg, 5.0 apg, 3.8 steals); Kristin Ross, senior, forward, Gorham (15.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg); Ashley Briggs, sophomore, guard, Scarborough (9.0 ppg, 4.4 apg); Brooke Flaherty, senior, forward, Cheverus (12 ppg, 8.0 rpg)
DID YOU KNOW: McAuley is attempting to become the first team to win three consecutive Class A state championships since Cindy Blodgett led Lawrence to four consecutive titles from 1991-94.
EASTERN CLASS A
FAVORITES: There is no consensus favorite. The top teams took turns beating each other all year. But if Edward Little can match its season average of 63 points per game, the Eddies are going to be tough to stop. They have talented players all over the court, led by senior guard Ashlee Arnold, who hit 55 3-pointers this year. Bangor has size, Mt. Ararat has versatility.
WATCH OUT FOR: Sixth-ranked Oxford Hills. The Vikings had some tough losses this year but also beat No. 1 Edward Little, No. 3 Mt. Ararat and No. 4 Lawrence. Senior guard Abbie Eastman is their leader.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Josie Lee, senior, guard, Cony (15.6 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 4.2 assists, 4.0 steals); Ashlee Arnold, senior, guard, Edward Little (19.6 ppg); Mallory Nelson, senior, forward, Mt. Ararat (18.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg); Abbie Eastman, senior, guard, Oxford Hills (10.0 ppg, 5.8 apg)
DID YOU KNOW: Edward Little is seeded first in a regional tournament for the first time since 1992, when the Red Eddies were still in Western Maine. Edward Little went 17-1 that year but lost to Portland in the regional final.
WESTERN CLASS B
FAVORITES: Lake Region is the defending champ and healthy for the first time all season. The Lakers are one of the most aggressive defensive teams in the state. They have size inside with Tiana-Jo Carter and the underrated Kelsey Winslow, and great 3-point shooters in the Hancocks. York has some tournament-tested seniors, plus a strong infusion of young talent.
WATCH OUT FOR: No. 11 Wells. The Warriors upset sixth-ranked Gray-New Gloucester in the prelims and have potential to advance at the Portland Expo. Forward Alison Furness leads a group of five juniors that plays outstanding defense and rebounds well. Fourth-ranked Leavitt, if guard Kristen Anderson's ankle is healed, could simply outscore anyone.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Kristen Anderson, senior, guard, Leavitt (24.9 ppg, 5.7 apg, 5.3 steals); Alison Furness, junior, forward, Wells (14.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg); Nina Davenport, junior, forward, Freeport (19.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg); Tiana-Jo Carter, junior, center, Lake Region (12.1 ppg, 20.5 rpg, 4.1 blocks); Emily Campbell, senior, forward, York (10.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg)
DID YOU KNOW: Rick Clark is in his 31st season coaching York. During that time the Wildcats have missed the playoffs only twice. They have gone into the regional tournament seeded first eight times and seeded second six times. Clark's overall record is 460-178 (450-152 with the York girls)
(Continued on page 2)