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December 8, 2013

Girls Prep Basketball Previews


The Eagle-Tribune

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2012-13 season: 10-10, lost in first round of ISL playoffs

Returning starters: Naomi Nelson, 5-7, Sr., guard, Haverhill; Alex Norgaisse, 6-0, Sr., forward, Haverhill

Returning lettermen: Shannon Alvino, 5-8, Sr., forward; Monica Abou-Ezzi, 5-6, Soph., guard, North Andover; Andrea Scarfo, 5-5, Soph., guard; Megan Neal, 5-10, Soph., forward, Andover

Newcomers: Delaney Blatchly, 5-11, Sr., forward; Alexia Ames, 5-6, Frosh., guard; Ellie Cordes, 5-6, Frosh., guard, North Andover

Candidates: 30

Captains: Naomi Nelson, Alex Norgaisse, Shannon Alvino

Returning honorees: none

Fast fact: Coach Amy Kenneally stepped down after five seasons. She wanted to free up her schedule to be able to watch her three sons’ games. ... Jim Hamilton, an assistant last year, is in his first year as head coach. He was the Brooks boys varsity coach for six years before John McVeigh took over, posting a 49-76 record. ... Shannon Alvino has retuned after an injury ended her season last year.

Assistants: Jaime Gilbert, Alex Skinner; Kate Zipin JV

Jim Hamilton (First year): “Naomi Nelson and Alex Norgaisse are going to be high-caliber players in the league. We’re also excited to have Shannon (Alvino) back. She’ll provide steadiness offensively and defensively.”

PHILLIPS

2012-13 season: 8-7

Returning starters: none

Returning lettermen: Kasey Hartung, 5-9, Sr., small forward, Haverhill; Meredith Collins, 5-10, Sr., forward; Katie Kreider, 5-9, Sr., guard; Hannah Guzzi, 5-1, Sr., guard; Ravenne Nasser, 5-9, Jr., forward, Methuen; Cara Cavanaugh, 6-0, Jr., forward, North Andover

Newcomers: Kate Hoey, 5-10, Post-grad, post-player; Connie Brownnotter, 5-8, Sr., forward; Victoria Bergeron, 5-5, Soph., guard; Sarah Humes, 5-10, Soph., point guard; Laura Bilal , 5-7, Frosh, guard, Methuen; Emma Kelley, 5-7, Frosh., point guard, Andover

Captains: Kasey Hartung, Katie Kreider

Candidates: 30

Fast fact: Kate Kreider’s older brother Chris Kreider, a former Phillips hockey star, is a left-winger for the New York Rangers. ... Newcomer Sarah Humes is the sister of Phillips grad Leah Humes who plays soccer and basketball at Bates. ... Coach Lani Silversides has returned after being on maternity leave last year. ... Lani Silversides returns as head coach after taking a maternity leave.

Assistants: Chris Jones

Coach Lani Silversides (7th year): “They’re athletic and fast. Hopefully, we can play a little more up-tempo this year.”