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March 15, 2013

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Central's Courtney Walsh usually comes through in the clutch

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As was written in a Feb. 21, 2012 Eagle-Tribune story, “With a recovered McLaughlin, Walsh being such a prolific scorer, and a great deal of young talent surrounding the pair, Central should emerge from this tough season and be one of the best programs in the state next winter.”

Central has done just that. This year has been a little bit of an up-and-down ride for the Raiders. But right now the Central is putting everything together and is in the state title game as many expected it would be when this season began.

That said, Central seems to be at its best when both McLaughlin and Walsh both are scoring in double-digits.

As McLaughlin said about Walsh: “She’s one of the best ball handlers on this team and one of the best scorers.”

Walsh definitely has stepped up big in big games. Check out her varsity soccer and basketball resumes thus far. In addition to scoring the winner in the 2010 Division 1 soccer championship, she also netted the game-winner against Masconoment in the Division 1 North semifinals that year.

Walsh is looking at other Northeast-10 schools in addition to Stonehill. She originally considered playing both soccer and basketball at a Division 3 college.

“But I am getting more looks when it comes to basketball,” said the junior who plays with the New England Crusaders, an AAU basketball team, during the high school offseason.

Walsh added about receiving her offer from Stonehill, “It motivates me to work harder.”

Walsh’s brother Cam Walsh, a former football tri-captain at Central who attends UNH, has helped her a great deal in basketball.

“Cam played a lot and he helps me out and works with me, especially in the summer when he comes home,” Walsh said.

Walsh has averaged 12.75 ppg in the playoffs over the past two seasons. In four of her eight postseason games during that span, she has scored 16 or more points.

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