McLaughlin was ‘one special player’
Central Catholic’s Casey McLaughlin began the tournament by netting 34 points, including converting 12 of 12 free throws, and grabbing 16 rebounds vs. Woburn. She capped off the tournament with a brilliant 27-point effort in the Division 1 championship game, a 53-48 win over Holy Name.
And that was against 6-2 junior, Brianna Frias, who already has committed to Providence.
In the state semis vs. Braintree at the TD Garden, she went off for 18 points and 17 rebounds vs. two gifted young big girls who have scholarship offers to BC.
McLaughlin averaged 23.2 points in six tourney games.
Holy Name coach Barry Finneron called the Stonehill recruit “one special player.”
She averaged 17.4 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game this year en route to All-Scholastic honors.
The senior from North Andover was all over the court: rebounding, fighting for jump balls, boxing out, scoring points, forcing steals, etc.
McLaughlin helped Central win its first state title since 2009 when star center/forward Katie Zenevitch was on the team.
“They’re two of the hardest workers I’ve ever coached,” coach Sue Downer said. “Their games are obviously two different types of games. Casey is trailing, slashing through the paint. Katie was her back to the basket, shooting the 3. They are two of the best players we’ve ever had go through our program.”
McLaughlin scored 1,074 career points despite missing more than half her junior season with a knee injury.
Former Eagle-Tribune MVPs
2010-12: Nicole Boudreau, Andover; 2009: Katie Zenevitch, Central; 2008: Sam Wheeler, Timberlane; 2007: Stefanie Murphy, Londonderry; 2005-06: Jenny McDade, Pinkerton; 2004: Ashley McLaughlin, Andover; 2001-03: Jenny Muller, Andover; 2000: Jillian Middlemiss, Methuen;
1999: Katherine Curry, Methuen; 1998: Brianne Stepherson, Masconomet; 1997: Charlotte Muller, Andover; 1996: Jamie Cassidy, Methuen; 1995: Kelly Van Huisen, Haverhill; 1994: Amy Veilleux, Haverhill; 1993: Kelley Hunt, Londonderry; 1992: Keri Guertin, Haverhill; 1991: Andrea Sunday, Salem; 1990: Leslie Read, Londonderry
ALIZA SIMPSON, Londonderry Junior Guard