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April 19, 2013

Central's McLaughlin named Eagle-Tribune girls basketball MVP

The Eagle-Tribune

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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

Super Team

ALIZA SIMPSON, Londonderry Junior Guard

Returning Eagle-Tribune Super Teamer. Division 1 first-team for second straight year. Averaged 16.9 points, 9.5 assists, 6.8 steals and 5.8 rebounds. “She continues to improve on different aspects of her game and she works on all of them,” coach John Fagula said. “She plays at an intense speed at all times.” Has been offered scholarships by UNH, Sacred Heart, Southern New Hampshire and Holy Cross.

MORGAN LUMB, North Andover Senior Guard

Considered best player in school history. Co-MVC Division 1 MVP. Averaged 15.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 3.6 steals. Shot 81 percent from line. Greater Lawrence Christmas Tourney MVP. Led Knights to first North final berth in 21 years. Team went 1-5 when she was out with high ankle sprain. Scored 1,081 career points. “She’s such a great passer,” coach Sue Breen said. Signed with Division 1 Hartford.

COLEY VISELLI, Pentucket Senior Guard

Three-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Division 1 CAL MVP. Averaged 10.9 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals with 40 3-pointers. Scored 1,058 career points, joining sister Ashley (1,230 points) in 1,000-point club. Led Sachems to Division 3 state semifinals. Played in TD Garden three of her four years. “One of the best all-around players in the region,” coach John McNamara said. “Coley is a winner.”

CLAIREE PUTNAM, Windham Junior Guard

Division 2 first-team selection. Averaged 18.2 ppg, up from 11.2 ppg as a sophomore. Shot 49 percent from the field and 75 percent from the foul line. Made 28 3-pointers. Junior tri-captain in basketball and soccer. Three-year starter. Her mother played at Springfield College. Eagle-Tribune soccer All-Star. Her older brother Colby was a cross country/volleyball captain for Windham.

All-Star Team

JACKIE ALOIS, Andover Senior Forward

Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. All-MVC. Ultimate intangibles player. Doubled her scoring this year to 8.8 points per game. Won 2011-12 Bishop Award as area’s top female three-sport athlete. Coach Jim Tildsley said, “I think she was the best defensive player in the league. She’s as tough mentally as anyone I ever coached.” Eagle-Tribune soccer All-Star. Brown soccer recruit. Has five athletic siblings.

DEVON CAVENEY, Andover Senior Guard

Three-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star. All-MVC. Averaged 15.8 points and made 66 3-pointers this winter. Four-year standout who helped Andover to three straight state titles (2010-12). Scored 1,205 points (fifth most in program history) and reached 1,000 with rare 4-point play. “She’s one of the hardest workers I’ve coached, a coach’s dream,” coach Jim Tildsley said. Fine student. Will play at Williams.

COURTNEY WALSH, Central Junior Guard

Averaged 9.8 points. Scored 16 points in comeback win in Division 1 North final. Scored 19 points, including two huge free throws with 7.8 seconds left, in state semifinal win over Braintree at TD Garden. Coach Sue Downer said, “I can’t say enough about her. Her work ethic is just unbelievable.” Has scholarship offer from Stonehill. Eagle-Tribune Super Teamer last winter. Has won a state title in soccer, too.

AMANDA WILLIAMS, Central Junior Forward

MVC All-Star. Averaged 10.0 points and 7.9 rebounds. Netted 21 points in win over North Andover and 17 in win over Auburn. Had 10 points and 11 rebounds in tournament win over Woburn. Had a huge late hoop in state semifinals. Netted 10 points in state championship. “Amanda certainly embraced her role in the postseason,” coach Sue Downer said. “Amanda was huge for us.” All-MVC volleyball player. North Andover resident.

AMANDA PETROW, Methuen Senior Forward

All-MVC. Averaged 13.1 points and 11.3 rebounds. Master of the double-double. Had a brilliant 30-point, 18-rebound game vs. Dracut. Had eye-popping 25-point, 19-rebound performance in win against Lowell. Also had an 18-18 game vs. the Red Raiders. Co-captain. Averaged 13.9 points as junior and 9.5 as sophomore. Being recruited by Suffolk, Smith, Eastern Connecticut and Daniel Webster. Quad-captain in soccer.

MICHAELA MELLO, North Andover Senior Forward/Center

All-MVC. Named to All-Tournament team at Greater Lawrence Christmas tourney while helping Knights stun Central in title game. Averaged 6.3 points, 3.1 steals and a team-high 9.2 rebounds. Had 14-second half points in win over Belmont in North semifinal. Tri-captain. “Michaela is a lock-down defender on much bigger centers and forwards,” coach Sue Breen said. Won Abigail Adams Scholarship. Lacrosse quad-captain.

KELSI McNAMARA, Pentucket Sophomore Guard

All-CAL. Averaged 10.5 points, 3.0 assists and 3.5 steals with 33 3-pointers. MVP of the IAABO 130 Tournament, scoring 21 points in title game win over Division 1 state champ Central Catholic. Super-sub for 2012 state champions. “Kelsi just got better and better as the season went on,” said her coach and father John McNamara. “A big-game player.” Her two older siblings were multi-time Eagle-Tribune All-Stars.

SAM BRESLIN, Pinkerton Senior Guard

Second-team Division 1. Averaged 8.9 points. Two-year captain. Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Relentless defender. “She was one of the best defenders in the state,” coach John Barry said. “It didn’t make any difference if it was the guard, forward or a center.” Moynihan Scholar-Athlete. Started in soccer. Ranked 14th in class of 707. Accepted to UVM, URI and UMass. Waiting on NYU, Penn, Duke and BU.

EMILY HICKEY, Salem Junior Guard

Division 1 second-team selection. Averaged 15.7 points with 52 3-pointers. “She scored in various ways while often guarded by opponents’ top defenders,” coach Annie Alosa said. Also a fine defender. Greater Lawrence Christmas Tourney All-Star. Three-year starter in basketball and soccer. Ranked 11th in her class. Her father is in Central Catholic Hall of Fame. Her sister Mikayla plays soccer at Seton Hall.

MICHAELA MARTIN, Whittier Sophomore Forward

All-CAC. Averaged 12.7 points, 10.6 rebounds and 5.6 steals. Netted season-high 24 points with 11 rebounds in win over Greater Lowell. Recorded a season-high 18 rebounds with eight steals and 16 points in win over Swampscott. Averaged 4.5 points as a freshman. “Shoots, handles the ball and can play good defense,” coach Kevin Bradley said. Her sister Danielle was a 1,000-point scorer for Wildcats.

KELSEY SCHIEBEL, Windham Senior Guard

Division 2 second-team selection. Averaged 13.4 points with team-high 39 3-pointers. Set program record for points in a game (30) and 3s in a game (8). “She’s so competitive and works extremely hard,” coach Joe Mason said. Extremely quick. Will play at Suffolk next year. Former soccer standout but didn’t play last fall. Her twin sister Amanda played basketball and started on soccer team.

Honorable Mention

Andover: Rebecca Alois, Jr., forward; Angelice Gonzalez, Sr., guard

Brooks: Alex Norgaisse, Jr., forward, Haverhill; Naomi Nelson, 5-7, Jr., guard, Haverhill; Meaghan Flanagan, Sr., forward, North Andover

Central Catholic: Alex Nagri, Jr., guard; Caitlin Dell’Orfano, Jr., guard; Darion Summers, Sr., guard

Fellowship Christian: Leigh-Ann Trepanier, Soph., guard

Georgetown: Marisa Agganis, Sr., guard; Kristin Hogan, Sr., guard; Ali Newbury, Sr., forward

Greater Lawrence: Escarlin Reynoso, Jr., guard; Ivonne Ruiz, Jr., guard

Haverhill: Molly Hoopes, Sr., center

Lawrence: Kiara Rodriguez, Sr., guard; Karisha Jimenez, Jr., guard

Londonderry: Casey Evans, Soph., forward; Jaime King, Jr., guard

Methuen: Abby Galloway-Burke, Sr., forward; Murphy Carroll, Jr., guard

North Andover: Megan Collins, Soph., guard; Pam Coufos, Sr., guard

North Reading: Morgan Maiola, Jr., forward; Elise Makowski, Sr., guard

Notre Dame: Yaniery Martinez, Sr., forward; Jessica Brito, Sr., center; Shanelle Bonilla, Jr., guard

Pelham: Becca DeBaldo, Sr, forward; Jordan Parece, Jr., guard; Hannah Paitchel, Jr., guard

Pentucket: Tess Nogueira, Sr., center; Alex Moore, Sr., guard; McKenna Kilian, Soph. guard

Phillips: Kasey Hartung, Jr., guard, Haverhill

Pinkerton: Val Martin, Soph., forward; Brandi Bonneau, Jr., guard; Kayla Stacy, Jr., guard

PMA: Amari Spears, Soph., guard

Sanborn: Amanda Turco, Sr., forward; Deven Freihofer, Jr., forward; Elyse Law, Sr., guard

Salem: Brenna Blakslee, Jr., guard; Amanda Bickford, Jr., guard; Allie Sirmaian, Frosh., guard

Timberlane: Dakotah Vondrasek, Sr., guard; Shawna Weidman, Sr., center; Masha Lange, Sr., guard

Whittier: Andrea Terranova, Soph., guard; Kayla Riley, Soph., guard; Samnell Vonleh, Soph., center

Windham: Brianna Angelini, Jr., forward; Bernadette Connors, Sr., forward



Girls Basketball All-Star Team Super Team Name School Year Height *Casey McLaughlin Central Sr. 6-0 Aliza Simpson Londonderry Jr. 5-9 Morgan Lumb North Andover Sr. 5-8 Coley Viselli Pentucket Sr. 5-8 Clairee Putnam Windham Jr. 5-5 All-Stars Jackie Alois Andover Sr. 5-4 Devon Caveney Andover Sr. 5-8 Courtney Walsh Central Jr. 5-7 Amanda Williams Central Jr. 6-0 Amanda Petrow Methuen Sr. 5-10 Michaela Mello North Andover Sr. 5-10 Kelsi McNamara Pentucket Soph. 5-5 Sam Breslin Pinkerton Sr. 5-7 Emily Hickey Salem Jr. 5-7 Micheala Martin Whittier Soph. 5-10 Kelsey Schiebel Windham Sr. 5-3 *Denotes Eagle-Tribune MVP