January 16, 2013

Girls’ Basketball Notebook: Little to choose between top Class B contenders

By Steve Craig scraig@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Kennadi Grover of Oceanside

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Kennadi Grover, Oceanside senior forward: Grover went over the 1,000-point mark in style, getting 23 points and 18 rebounds in a 57-45 win against previously unbeaten Nokomis on Friday. Oceanside is 9-1 and ranked second in Eastern Class B.

HONORABLE MENTION

Shannon Todd, York freshman guard: A season-long starter, Todd moved to point guard and responded with a career-high 19 points, including three 3-pointers, as York rolled past Wells on Friday.

Jaclyn and Ashley Storey, Greely: Ashley, a sophomore guard, scored 19 points against Traip Academy and had 18 points and 11 rebounds against Freeport as the Rangers extended their winning streak to eight. Her sister, Jaclyn, had 18 points and seven rebounds against Freeport and 26 points against Traip.

Brooke Flaherty, Cheverus senior center: In a triple-overtime win against Scarborough last Tuesday, Flaherty scored nine of her game-high 23 points in overtime, including the winning free throw. She also scored 15 points in a tough 60-56 loss to Deering on Friday.

AREA TOP TEN

1. McAuley

2. Deering

3. Mt. Ararat

4. Cheverus

5. Scarborough

6. Lake Region

7. Greely

8. York

9. Oceanside

10. South Portland

Grover played at Georges Valley, which was a Class C school, but she has adapted quite nicely to Class B, adding outside range to her physical inside game.

"Of course she was proud of herself, but the one thing she kept saying after the game was the win meant so much more to her," Foster said of Grover reaching the 1,000-point mark.

For the former Rockland holdovers like seniors Hannah Plourde and 6-1 Phoebe Ferraiolo the transformation has been more dramatic.

Rockland was 0-18 and 1-17 the last two seasons before the consolidation. This year, Plourde has become Oceanside's "defensive mastermind," Foster said, and Ferraiolo is chipping in six to eight points and 11 rebounds per game.

Guards Emily Gould, a sophomore, and Brooke Dugan, a junior, have filled out a starting unit that has both well-defined roles and versatility.

"Against Nokomis the other night you could really see that they trusted and believed in each other," Foster said.

SOUTH PORTLAND'S Mike Giordano earned his 200th career win on Dec. 28 when the Red Riots beat Massabesic.

A postal worker, Giordano, is in his 17th season with South Portland. The Red Riots are 8-2 and ranked fifth in Western Class A.

"What I'm most proud of with the 200 wins is that I've done it at one school," Giordano said.

Staff Writer Steve Craig can be contacted at 791-6413 or at:

scraig@mainetoday.com

 

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