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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:47 am

Ramblers' rise: Sophomore trio ready for next stage of Winthrop girls' basketball

...Souza was the team’s leading scorer (152 points, 8.9 per game) and made 30 3-pointers (only Monmouth’s Tia Day made more in the MVC), WilsonFalcone made 43 steals and Schmelzer was the starting point guard.

“Each one kind of scores in a different way, which is great for us,” Burnham said. “Jillian’s more of a slash-and-drive player; and Aaliyah, with her defense scores more points off of turnovers than I think just about anybody in the MVC; and Kena is sort of our long-range, dead-eye shooter.”

Schmelzer started at point guard in that first-game win over Oak Hill. Souza and WilsonFalcone were at that point swing players splitting their time between the varsity and JV team.

The freshmen soon became key players for the Ramblers. Schmelzer continued to start and WilsonFalcone and Souza were the first players off the bench.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:41 am

Class AA Girls: Oxford Hills has plenty of teams chasing this season

...Oxford Hills has just enough question marks to make Class AA North interesting.

The Vikings are still the favorites, after plowing through the region last year with a 17-1 regular season record and then winning the AA North title before falling to highly favored Gorham in the state title game.

“I think Oxford Hills definitely sets themselves apart, for sure,” Edward Little coach Chris Cifelli said. “Just with their returning players and (coach) Nate (Pelletier) does such a good job.”

Oxford Hills returns probably its two best players, sophomore point guard Julia Colby (11.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.7 steals per game) and junior post Jadah Adams (10.8 ppg, 7 rpg).

Those two make up an exciting core along with last year’s fourth-leading scorer Maighread Laliberte (9.4 ppg), and sophomore Cecelia Dieterich.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:48 am

SJ Class A Girls: Mt. Blue, Leavitt eyeing postseason berths

...Messalonskee finished first in A North and went on to claim the Class A championship. Skowhegan and Hampden also should be contenders.

“Hampden and Skowhegan return every girl, so I think they’re going to be tough to beat,” Conlogue said. “But I think no one’s going to beat them. So it’s going to come down to how do we do against Camden; we get Brewer twice, can we get them at least once, or if we get them twice that would be huge. We have Leavitt twice on our schedule, too, outside of our league.”

A North is down to 12 teams this year. So only eight teams will reach the playoffs and there will not be any preliminary round games.

That makes it more difficult to earn a postseason spot. But the smaller region means that the Cougars play all but one team, Medomak, and Conlogue said that helps Mt. Blue’s playoff chances.

“We at least get a shot at everybody, so it kind of makes it a better playing field for us,” he said.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:51 am

SJ Class C Girls: Monmouth, Boothbay still a step ahead

...The C South coaches all seem to agree on the teams to beat in the region: Monmouth and Boothbay.

“Obviously, Monmouth and Boothbay got to be your favorites,” Mt. Abram coach Larry Donald said. “After that, I think it’s a pretty wide open league any given night.”

Richmond probably won’t have an 18-0 regular season record as it did last year, but even something along the lines of 13-5 against a Mountain Valley Conference schedule might be better preparation for the postseason.

Also, not many C South teams have someone who can match the rugged and crafty post play of Underhill-Tilton.

Beyond Monmouth, Boothbay and Richmond are several team hoping to improve their standings in the region.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:55 am

SJ Class D Girls: Rangeley tough, but Vinalhaven the favorite

...The Lakers should again be among the top teams in Class D South. However, the favorite has to be defending state champion Vinalhaven.

The Vikings claimed their school’s first state championship last season with only one senior on the squad.

Among the many contributors back is 5-foot-10 Gilleyanne Davis-Oakes, who scored 28 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in Vinalhaven’s state-title game win over Shead.


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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:16 am

CM Class A girls basketball preview
Defending state champ Messalonskee back for more.

...There are several other contenders in the division. Hampden Academy and Skowhegan return their lineups intact while Lawrence brings back a veteran group. Nokomis returns a versatile team and some exciting new players as well.

Skowhegan went 14-4 in the regular season and is still young with just one senior on the team. The Indians will start five juniors, led by forward Annie Cooke.

“I think they overachieved last year,” coach Mike LeBlanc said. “We’re not going to surprise anybody. They need to maybe take that next step.”

Long-time assistant Greg Chesley takes over as head coach at Lawrence and welcomes back seven players who went 12-6 last year. Seniors Camryn Caldwell, Molly Folsom and Hunter Mercier all played on the Bulldogs state championship team three years ago and are surrounded by a pretty talented cast.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:20 am

CM Class B girls basketball preview
Winslow ready to run with deep roster; MCI returns strong squad as well.

...“They all bring something to the table,” Winslow coach Lindsey Withee said. “I’m very confident with this group. Every night it will be somebody different.”

Point guard Weslee Littlefield, Maeghan Bernard, Silver Clukey and newcomer Bodhi Littlefield should all play meaningful minutes as well.

Maine Central Institute coach Jordan Larlee says his team will contend with good reason. The Huskies have size, skill and depth among their returning group and bring in a talented transfer from Calais in Sydney Farrar.

“This is the deepest team I’ve had coaching,” Larlee said. “It’s an extraordinarily talented group.”

Seniors April McAlpine and Sydney Morton are proven scorers while 6-foot junior Christa Carr gives the Huskies an inside presence.


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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:24 am

CM Class C girls basketball preview
Monmouth eager for another run to Gold Ball.

...Monmouth’s ample depth is led by defending C South tournament MVP Tia Day and talented forward Abbey Allen, but Wing said the team’s biggest asset is its feel for big situations.

“You can’t teach that,” he said. “Now that these kids have been there, they understand what this is all about. That’s huge. They’re a very, very calm group of kids.”

Their biggest rival will be the Boothbay, which returns standouts Page Brown and Faith Blethen.

“Boothbay is going to be a challenge,” Wing said. “They’re huge, they have three kids that are close to touching 6-foot. It comes down to that clash of contrasts.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:22 am

Brunswick Times previews:
Last season was the year that Sam Farrell’s Brunswick High School girls basketball team found that certain something.

The Dragons made their move, downing Kennebunk, York and Greely in the Class A South postseason on their way to the State Class A Championship game at the Augusta Civic Center against Messalonskee (a 58- 33 setback).

There were certainly other stories last year in girls hoops — Richmond posting an undefeated regular season, Freeport advancing to the Class B South quarterfinals — and this season promises to be full of twists and turns.

Here is a look at the nine area teams that begin play Friday and Saturday:

Brunswick
Mt. Ararat
Freeport
Lisbon
Wiscasset
Richmond
Pine Tree Academy
Hyde

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:13 am

Spartans ready to compete with young core

...Kearson has brought a new system and different style to the table ... a style that includes tough defense, and an up-tempo offense.

“This year is a higher tempo and we’re all getting along well. We have different styled practices, different aspects of the game, and we put in the importance of the little things to make up for the big things,” said junior Julia Allen.

“We have a whole new style of play this year. We’re definitely a lot more up-tempo and you can feel that when we play with each other. It’s going to be a new season and a new team for us but we’re ready,” added sophomore Paige Cote.

Although it took some getting used to, Kearson feels that the team is finally hitting it’s stride with the new gameplan.

“The hardest part is getting this group to understand how important it is to shoot the basketball. They were very reluctant to shoot initially when we got in here. My style in predicated on defense, defensively we’re going to get after them. The up-tempo style is something that I think they enjoy,” said Kearson.

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