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March 20, 2013

Central leads awards as area's best team

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Much of the success had to do with 5-10 senior forwards Amanda Petrow and Abby Galloway-Burke.

Petrow averaged 13.1 ppg, and 11.3 rpg. Galloway-Burke averaged 10.4 ppg and 8.4 rpg.

Meanwhile, Murphy Carroll netted 45 3-pointers in 21 games.

Unsung hero: Morgan Lumb

The North Andover senior received her fair share of press and will be attending Hartford on a basketball scholarship. So she didn’t go under the radar like most players who win the unsung hero award.

That said, she received this award because some people might not realize just how talented this girl really is and just how great a season she had to cap off her tremendous career.

North Andover went 1-5 without Lumb this year and 14-4 with her. She led the Scarlet Knights to the Greater Lawrence girls Christmas Tournament title and led the program to its first Division 2 North final berth in 21 years.

Comeback Player of the Year: Alex Norgaisse

After missing her entire sophomore year with an ACL injury, the Brooks junior and Haverhill resident was back this winter and played well. Her best performance was an 18-point effort against Cushing Academy.

Look for Norgaisse to be even better next year.

Most exciting player: Casey McLaughlin

The Central senior was as exciting a player as there can be over the final few weeks of this season as she led the Raiders to the Division 1 state title.

She consistently was all over the court: rebounding, fighting for jump balls, boxing out, scoring points, forcing steals, etc.

She averaged 17.5 ppg and poured in 27 points in the championship game, a 53-48 victory over Holy Name.

Best story: Salem

The Salem program finished 13-10 overall and 12-8 in Division 1.

Second-year coach Annie Alosa certainly had her girls playing well and hard. Salem hit its stride in January when it went 4-2 and junior guards Brenna Blakslee (17.3 ppg that month) and Emily Hickey (19.0 ppg in January) led the way.

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