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December 13, 2012

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

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Lawrence

2011-12 season: 1-19, didn’t make tourney

Returning starters (2): Karisha Jimenez, 5-8, Jr., forward; Karla Dominguez, 5-8, Soph., guard

Returning lettermen: Meaghan Belton, 5-7, Sr., guard; Teresia Njeri, 5-7, Sr., guard; Kiara Rodriguez, 5-3, Sr., guard; Stephanie Garcia, 5-8, Jr., forward; Janel Guillermo, 5-5, Soph., guard

Newcomers: Samantha Gethers, 5-6, Sr., guard; Aracelis Andino, 5-5, Sr., guard; Angie Rodriguez, 5-6, Sr., forward; Sonia Feliciano, 5-8, Sr., forward; Luz Pimentel, 5-4, Jr., guard; Genesis Santana, 5-7, Soph., guard; Emily Ramos, 5-8, Frosh., forward; Devinya Robinson, 5-7, Frosh., guard

Captains: Kiara Rodriguez, Karisha Jimenez

Candidates: 55

Returning leaders: Karla Dominguez 5.7 ppg, Karisha Jimenez 12 3s

Returning honorees: None

Fast facts: Last year’s club took a big hit when MVC All-Star Angelice Gonzalez transferred to Andover. Lawrence, which has enjoyed a resurgence under Dan Blouin, suffered through it’s worst season since going 1-18 in 1997-98. ... Genesis Santana scored 12 points in season opening 71-36 loss to Billerica.

Assistants: Mike Mansour, Cassandra Pelissier JV, Tiffany Colon (freshmen)

Coach Dan Blouin (9th year, 67-97): “We’re going to rely on some speed, hopefully make some shots and play defense.”

Methuen

2011-12 season: 8-12, didn’t make tourney

Returning starters (3): Amanda Petrow, 5-10, Sr., forward; Mollie Condon, 5-8, Sr., guard; Abby Galloway-Burke, 5-10, Sr., forward

Returning lettermen: Roseli Rodriguez, 5-3, Sr., guard; Courtney Zacharias, 5-8, Sr., forward; Nicole Carroll, 5-6, Jr., forward; Madison Carroll, 5-6, Jr., guard; Murphy Carroll, 5-6, Jr., guard; Kelly Dorandi, 5-5, Soph., guard; Tyra Scott, 5-8, Soph., forward

Newcomers: Lexi Hardy, 5-7, Soph., guard

Captains: Amanda Petrow, Abby Galloway-Burke

Candidates: 50

Returning leaders: Amanda Petrow 13.9 ppg, Abby Galloway-Burke 13.3 ppg

Returning honorees: Abby Galloway-Burke and Amanda Petrow, MVC All-Stars

Fast fact: Tyra Scott’s father, 6-8 Tyrone Scott, starred at BC in the mid-’80s. ... Madison and Murphy Carroll are sisters and Nicole Carroll is not related.

Assistants: Brendan Cripps, Jackie Burns (JV), Mary Sicard and Kelly Sicard, freshmen

Coach Karen McLaughlin (9th year, 71-96): “Hopefully, we’re going to be better organized and disciplined where I have 10 of the 11 (players) back. We’re in the large division so we have our work cut out for us there.”

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