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December 13, 2012

Girls Basketball Preview: With 5 starters back, Central eyes state title

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Returning honorees: Courtney Walsh, Eagle-Tribune Super Team; Amanda Williams, All-MVC; Alex Nagri and Casey McLaughlin, MVC All-Stars

Fast facts: Stonehill recruit Casey McLaughlin, who missed more than half the year with a knee injury, looks to have returned to her sophomore form when she was an Eagle-Tribune Super Teamer. .... Central had its fewest wins in nine years but the Raiders were the walking wounded with McLaughlin, Caitlin Dell’Orfano and Erica Hadad out much of the year. ... Madison Borrelli is the sister of Alex Borrelli, a forward who graduated this past spring.

Assistants: Casey Grange, Keri Guertin Ryan (JV), Bob Rooseboom (freshmen)

Coach Sue Downer (17th year, 279-95): “The girls are working extremely hard in preseason and I am very excited about the possibilities this season.”

Haverhill

2011-12 season: 15-8, lost in Division 1 North first round

Returning starters (1): Molly Hoopes, 5-11, Sr., center

Returning lettermen: Erica Jarosz, 5-5, Sr., guard; Emily Cranston, 5-9 Sr., forward; Laurel Akowuah, 5-6, Sr., guard; Brittany Houle, 5-9, Sr., forward; Theresa Ross, 5-6, Jr., guard; Allison Lahiff, 5-11, Jr., center; Brett Johnson, 5-7, Soph., forward; Felecia Murray, 5-11, Soph., center

Newcomers: Britney Lacasse, 5-5, Sr., guard; Caitlyn Yunker, 5-4, Jr., forward; Nathalia Ulysse, 5-7, Jr., center; Rakel Tavitian, 5-6, Soph., forward; Marlayna Buco, 5-4, Soph., guard; Jordyn Poole, 5-3, Frosh., guard; Courtney McDonald, 6-0, Frosh., center; Alison Grise, 5-6, Frosh., guard; Alexis Ellsey, 5-4, Frosh., guard; Emma Cowley, 5-4, Frosh, guard

Captains: Molly Hoopes, Brittany Houle

Candidates: 27

Returning leaders: Molly Hoopes 8.1 ppg

Returning honorees: Molly Hoopes, MVC All-Star

Fast fact: Haverhill, which benefited again from not playing a full MVC schedule, had its best winning percentage since going 15-7 in 2002-03. .... Junior guard Kelleigh Cokely (5.2 ppg last year) decided not to come out.

Assistants: Kara Melillo, John Campbell (JV)

Coach Bob Melillo (4th year, 31-33, 59-47 overall): “Other than Molly (Hoopes) and Brittany (Houle), nobody has played significant minutes. We’re expecting a lot from Laurel Akowuah, Allison Lahiff and Felecia Murray.”

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