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December 13, 2012

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

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Timberlane

2011-12 season: 10-12, lost in Division 1 first round

Returning starters (4): Dakotah Vondrasek, 5-6, Sr., guard; Shawna Weidman, 6-1, Sr., center; Cassidy Cefalo, 5-6, Sr., guard; Masha Lange, 5-6, Sr., guard

Returning lettermen: Mollie Freedman, 5-9, Sr., forward; Mary Olson, 5-4, Sr., guard; Rachel Allen, Soph., 5-4, guard; Janelle Colon, 5-5, Soph., guard

Newcomers: Moesha Murray, 5-8, Soph., forward; Isabella Theberge, 5-2, Soph., guard; Ally Collins, 5-5, Frosh., forward; Meghan Lee, 5-4, Frosh., guard; Ally Ruth, 5-1, Frosh., guard; Courtney Sickel, 5-5, Frosh., guard

Captains: TBA

Candidates: 21

Returning leaders: Dakotah Vondrasek 10.6 ppg (39 3’s)

Returning honorees: None

Fast fact: Courtney Sickel’s cousins Lauren and Katie once played for head coach Bruce Johnson. ... Dakotah Vondrasek was the hero in the season-opening OT win over Trinity. ... Cassidy Cefalo is the younger sister of former Owls player Taylor Cefalo.

Assistants: TBA

Coach Bruce Johnson (15th year, 150-157): “We’ve got to develop a fifth starter and some depth. We have an awful lot of young people. We don’t have much size.”

Pelham

2011-12 season: 8-13, lost in Division 2 first round

Returning starters (5): Becca DeBaldo, 5-8, Sr., forward; Alicia Gendron, 5-6, Sr., guard; Kirsten Salois, 5-8, Sr., center; Jordan Parece, 5-6, Jr., point guard; Katelyn Surprenant, 5-7, Soph., guard

Returning lettermen: Makenzie Masiello, 5-4, Sr., guard; Brenda Pietrillo, 5-7, Sr., forward; Hannah Paitchel, 5-5, Jr., guard; Lauren Anderson, 5-3, Soph., point guard

Newcomers: none

Captains: Becca DeBaldo, Alicia Gendron

Candidates: 20

Returning leaders: Becca DeBaldo 10.3 ppg, Jordan Parece 6.2 ppg, Hannah Paitchel 6.2 ppg

Returning honorees: None

Fast fact: Senior Gina Grimes, a 5-8 forward who averaged 10.7 ppg last year, did not come out for the team. ... All five seniors have played together since fourth grade. ... Hannah Paitchel scored 14 points in season opening win over Portsmouth. ... Assistant coach Derek Gendron is the father of senior Alicia Gendron.

Assistants: Derek Gendron, Michaela Galvin (JV)

Coach Bob Shepard (2nd year, 8-13): “We’re a small and fast team. I think we’ll exceed our win total from last year.”

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