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March 21, 2014

Londonderry leads local girls basketball hardware with Team of Year

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The Fellowship Christian junior guard averaged 15.2 points in 19 games. She poured in 25 points as Fellowship rolled 37-19 over New England 37-19 to end a losing streak that dated back to the 2009-10 season.

Trepanier scored 57 percent of Fellowship’s points this season.

BEST STORY: Rachael Cormier

Andover junior Cormier lost her father Warren to a massive heart attack Aug. 27.

But through her pain, Cormier showed amazing strength. Rachael kept her dad’s mass card in the pocket of her basketball bag. She also had a good cry before every game.

“I can’t believe she’s always smiling and I think about how much of an impact her dad had on her basketball life and also on her life,” coach E.J. Perry said during the season. “She’s amazing to watch.”

MOST IMPROVED: Amanda Williams

Most players presented the most improved award aren’t Eagle-Tribune All-Stars the previous year. Williams, Central’s 6-0 forward/center, is a worthy exception.

The senior averaged 18.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game — an increase from 10.0 points and 7.9 rebounds per game as a junior.

As her teammates mentioned during the season, Williams took it upon herself to step and become Central’s go-to presence in the paint after the graduation of last year’s Eagle-Tribune MVP Casey McLaughlin.

Williams tossed in a career-high 30 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lift Central over Lowell on Jan 17. She then posted 28 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Raiders past Dracut the next game.

She went from being a good player to a dominating force locally. She will play volleyball at St. Anselm next year.

DEFENSIVE AWARD: Colleen Fortier

Fortier, a Pinkerton 5-8 senior forward, took 23 charges this season.

“She was a neutralizing force in the paint,” Astros coach Lani Buskey noted.

COMEBACK OF THE YEAR: Leah Chittick

The North Andover junior made a strong comeback this basketball season after missing most of her fall soccer season with a sprained ankle. She entered the winter less than 100 percent physically but worked hard to return to top physical shape, coach Megan Ryan said.

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