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March 17, 2013

Walsh lives out dream in title game

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Nothing is safe

How hard did the Central girls celebrate on the court after winning the state title?

A few broke the medals that were handed out to each player following the victory.

“Now I have to figure out how to put it back together,” said Williams with a laugh, picking it up off the floor again. “So I hope it’s OK. I want to hang it up in my room.”

An elated McLaughlin almost left hers on the DCU floor, not realizing it had come off the ribbon around her neck as she screamed and hugged her teammates.

“Yeah, we were just so excited,” she said. “After everything we have battled through, we were just to excited. And hey, we have the trophy.”

Dominant MVC

This win marks the fifth straight year that either Central or Andover has won the Division 1 state girls basketball title. That certainly is impressive and says something about the strength of the MVC.

“There’s a lot of good competition,” said Central’s Amanda Williams. “It’s a fight in the MVC and then the North (bracket). We knew if we win that (North bracket) then we can do anything because that’s where the toughest competition is.”

Central to stay strong

Central will return four starters next year. Starters Amanda Williams, Alex Nagri, Courtney Walsh and Caitlin Dell’Orfano all are expected back.

Losing McLaughlin will be a big loss, but things are looking up.

“They’re definitely going to be a strong team next year, no doubt about it,” said McLaughlin who will play at Stonehill. “I know they’ll go strong into the playoffs like this year. They just need to keep toughing it out.”

 

 

 

 

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