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December 13, 2012

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

(Continued)

Newcomers: Monica Abou-Ezzi, 5-5, Frosh., guard, North Andover; Megan Neal, 5-7, Frosh., forward, Andover; Andrea Scarfo, 5-5, Frosh, guard

Captains: Thalia Garcia, Suki Smith, Meaghan Flanagan

Candidates: 30

Returning leaders: Thalia Garcia 11.5 ppg (23 3’s), Meaghan Flanagan 9.0 ppg (16 3’s), Suki Smith 8.5 ppg, Lyndsay Domoracki 8.0 ppg

Returning honorees: Thalia Garcia, First Team All-ISL, New England Prep Schools All-Star; Suki Smith, Second Team All-ISL

Fast fact: Alex Norgaisse missed all of last season after July ACL surgery. Kim Neyman also missed the year with a torn ACL. ... Last year Brooks won its first eight games and had its first winning season since 2005-06. ... Shannon Alvino fractured her leg in practice and will miss the season. ... Meaghan Flanagan is verbally committed to play at Skidmore College.

Assistants: Jim Hamilton, Jaime Gilbert; Suzanna Whitaker (JV)

Coach Amy Kenneally (5th year, 29-54): “We have a great veteran group. They are probably the most athletic group we’ve had here in a long time. ... We run (the floor) a lot and we can score at every position.”

Phillips Academy

2011-12 season: 8-12

Returning starters (1): Maggie Brown, 5-11, Sr., guard

Returning letterman: Amanda Simard, 5-9, Sr., forward; Kasey Hartung, 5-8, Jr., guard, Haverhill; Nekele McCall, 5-7, Jr., guard, Katie Kreider, 5-8, Jr., guard; Cara Cavanaugh, 6-1, Soph., forward, North Andover

Returning lettermen: Giovanna Pickering, 5-9, PG., guard; Victoria Everett, 6-1, Jr., forward; Meredith Collins, 5-9, Jr., forward; Hannah Guzzi, 5-3, Jr., guard; Ravenne Nasser, 5-8, Soph, guard, Methuen; Savannah Mastrangelo, 5-8, Frosh., guard

Captains: Amanda Simard

Candidates: 25

Returning leaders: Maggie Brown 10.1 ppg

Returning honorees: None

Fast fact: Coach Lani Silversides is on maternity leave. ... Former JV coach Lewis Robinson is the interim coach. An author, he wrote the novel Water Dogs (Random House, 2009) and Officer Friendly and Other Stories (HarperCollins, 2003). He won the PEN/Oakland-Josephine Miles Award. ... Last year’s star, 6-4 Alex Kiss-Rusk, is playing at Virginia Tech. ... Post graduate Giovanna Pickering graduated from Thayer Academy last year and was a league All-Star.

Assistants: Chris Jones, Kiley Horne

Interim coach Lewis Robinson: “We’re a tight-knit athletic team who plans to work hard on every possession.”

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