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March 20, 2013

Central leads awards as area's best team

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Best name: Dakotah Vondrasek

Not only does the Timberlane 5-6 senior guard have the best name, but she also has talent.

Her talent certainly was on display Jan. 25 when Vondrasek broke free off a set play for a layup with 8.9 left, then pressured the ball and forced a turnover on the inbounds pass to close out a 43-42 Timberlane victory over Dover. She finished that game with 23 points.

Best sister combo: The Schiebels

Senior twins Kelsey and Amanda Schiebel of Windham know how to shoot.

Kelsey set the Windham girls basketball program record for points in a game (30) and 3-pointers in a game (8) Jan. 8 in the Jaguars’ 49-42 win over Oyster River.

While sister Amanda isn’t a prolific a scorer as Kelsey, she did net a team-high 13 points in Windham’s loss to Portsmouth in the Division 3 semifinals.

Most clutch: McLaughlin and Walsh

Both Central senior Casey McLaughlin and Raiders junior Courtney Walsh share this one.

McLaughlin poured in 27 points in a state title game. Nobody should ever doubt her ability to perform in the clutch.

Walsh, meanwhile, hit some huge free throws in the final seconds against Braintree to seal a Division 1 semifinal victory.

Upset of the Year: Pinkerton over Londonderry

Most didn’t see this one coming — the Astros rolled 55-44 over Londonderry despite being without its top defensive player, Sam Breslin, who was sidelined.

Brandi Bonneau guarded star Aliza Simpson, who was an Eagle-Tribune Super Teamer last year and has been offered scholarships from UNH and Holy Cross. Bonneau held Simpson scoreless in the first half and to just four points in the first three quarters.

Hats off award: John Fagula

Hats off to the Londonderry coach who won his 600th game of his coaching career Feb. 19.

He has a 171-63 record in 10 years at Londonderry and a 603-135 overall record in 30 seasons.

FAB 5: 1. Central 22-5 2. Pentucket 24-2 3. Londonderry 17-6 4. North Andover 15-9 5. Andover 18-7 Honorable mention: Pinkerton 18-4, Windham 18-6, Whittier 22-4

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