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March 20, 2014

Salem News 2013-14 Girls Basketball All-Stars


The Salem News

---- — GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

CAROLYN SCACCHI

Peabody, Senior

Forward/Center

There’s little that Carolyn Scacchi hasn’t accomplished in her four-year athletic career at Peabody High. The 6-foot-2 forward became the sixth player in girls basketball history to reach 1,000 points (finishing with 1,029), was named team MVP three years in a row and captained the Tanners for the past two seasons.

The Southern New Hampshire University-bound Scacchi averaged 12.3 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.5 steals, 2.5 assists and 3.0 blocks per game over her four years as a starter. Over the final 10 games of her high school career, she scored 203 points to average 20.3 per contest.

“Carolyn reaching 1,000 points is a perfect example of her determination,” said Tanners’ head coach Jane Heil. “After she came and talked to me about making it a goal of hers this season, not only did her level of play go up but so did the entire team’s.

“You think that a person can only give 100 percent ... Carolyn gave 110 percent.”

As the team’s leading rebounder, Scacchi grabbed 897 boards in her career and averaged a double-double all four years. A three-time Salem News all-star on the hardcourt, she scored 20 points against Reading to help the Tanners win their first tournament game in four years. Scacchi was selected by the coaches of the Northeastern Conference to the All-League team

NICOLE FEMINO

Masconomet, Senior

Forward

One of three team captains, she led the team in scoring during the regular season ... The 5-foot-8 forward finished second in rebounds with 6.7 per game, second in steals with 3 per game and second in scoring with 13 points per game through the playoffs ... Named co-MVP of the Cape Ann League with teammate Hannah Kiernan ... Headed to Philadelphia in the fall to attend Saint Joseph’s University ... Best offensive performance came against Amesbury (21 points) ... Guided her team to the Division 1 North semifinals against Central Catholic.

HANNAH KIERNAN

Masconomet, Senior

Guard

Joined Femino as team captain and averaged a team-high 13.4 points, 3.8 assists and team-leading 3.2 steals ... Named CAL co-MVP ... Selected as the Masconomet Holiday Tournament MVP ... Credits her sister Carly for her support and encouragement throughout her career ... Matched a career-high 24 points two different times this season ... Averaged 14.3 points during the state tournament ... Led the Chieftains to their first Cape Ann League championship title since 2008.

MEGHAN COLLINS

Masconomet, Junior

Guard

A three-sport athlete and top defender on the court ... CAL All-League selection ... Named to the Masconomet Holiday Invitational and Spartan Classic All-Tournament teams ... Averaged 10 points and a team-leading 4 assists per game ... Shot 65 percent from the free throw line ... Best offensive performance came against Lexington in the Spartan Classic (10 points, 4 steals, 4 assists, 5 rebounds) ... A two-year starter and three-year varsity player ... Has a 4.45 GPA and hopes to play competitive college basketball.

JENNA GAGNON

Ipswich, Sophomore

Guard

Led the Tigers in scoring during her second year as a starter ... Name Cape Ann Leauge all-star ... Selected as a team co-MVP this winter ... Was first on the team by averaging 13.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.8 steals per contest ... Finished with a team-high 22 three pointers ... Led Ipswich to its 11th straight tournament appearances ... Helped the Tigers defeat CAL Small champion Lynnfield during the regular season ... More of a role player last season, Gagnon transitioned into the team’s go-to scorer this winter.

SAMANTHA CHARETTE

Hamilton-Wenhan, Senior

Center

Was one of four captains for the Generals ... Cape Ann All-League selection ... Averaged a double-double with 11.3 points per game and 10 rebounds per outing ... Ended the year with 50 blocked shots, 73 assists and 77 steals ... Athletic post player who uses her speed and quickness to beat players up and down the floor ... Best performance came against Watertown in Division 2 North semifinals when she scored a team-high 19 points ... Headed to Endicott in the fall to play hoop.

SUZANNE ROSE

Hamilton-Wenham, Senior

Guard

Selected as a Cape Ann League all-star ... Has plans to attend Mount Holyoke in the fall to play soccer ... Led the Generals to 17 wins and their best state tourney run since 2004 ... Holds a 4.1 grade-point average ... As the team’s main facilitator, she averaged 8.0 assists, 7.0 points, 4.8 steals and 4.0 rebounds per game ... Hit 24 three-pointers this winter ... Two-sport captain ... Was chosen as a Salem News soccer all-star in the fall.

COLLEEN CORCORAN

Bishop Fenwick, Sophomore

Center

A breakout season for the 16-year-old center ... Developed into a fearless post player and offensive threat for the Crusaders ... Averaged a double-double this winter with 12.5 points and 12 rebounds per game ... Catholic Central All-League selection ... Best performance came against Lynnfield in the state tournament quarterfinals, when she poured in 22 points and hauled down 13 rebounds ... Named the Patton Tournament MVP ... Her height (5-foot-10) and long arms allowed her to block 28 shots this season.

GIANNA PIZZANO

Bishop Fenwick, Senior

Guard

Bryant University-bound guard capped off her senior season averaging 11.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game ... Best performance came against Austin Prep in which she scored 23 points and added four rebounds, five assists and three steals ... As team captain, she led Fenwick to 12 wins this season, including a Division 3 North semifinal appearance ... Selected as a Catholic Conference all-star ... Earned the team’s Heart Award.

BRIDGET KEATON

Beverly, Senior

Forward

As team MVP this season, Keaton was a driving force behind Beverly’s turnaround season ... The Keene State-bound forward netted a season-high 28 points against Revere on Senior Night ... Also had an outstanding performance against Northeastern Conference counterpart Lynn Classical, in which she dropped in 18 points ... Selected as a NEC all-star ... Versatile athlete who also plays volleyball in the fall.

DELANEY ZECHA

Danvers, Senior

Guard

A three-year starting point guard .... Broke the school record for most steals in a game (10) and steals in a single season (112) ... Not called upon to score as her primary duty, Zecha’s defense and assists were instrumental in the Falcons’ success ... Starting point guard since her sophomore year ... Most important contribution was a late steal against Gloucester to clinch a tournament berth and finished the night with 10 steals and 10 assists ... Selected as a NEC all-star and team MVP ... Plan on studying Engineering in the fall.

ALEX LOMASNEY

Peabody, Senior

Forward

Coach Jane Heil describes Lomasney as “the team’s unsung hero” ... Often gets the assignment of covering the opponents’ top player ... At 5-foot-10, she is a defensive dynamo who sacrifices her own stats for the team ... Helped the Tanners to their first tournament win in four years, scoring nine points and adding 10 rebounds and four blocks ... Carries a 3.93 GPA and is ranked 6th in her class ... Selected to the NEC all-star team ... Plans on studying chemical engineering at Tufts or Villanova.

EMILY FREEDLAND

Marblehead, Senior

Guard

A three-time Salem News all-star and three-year starter for the Magicians ... Carries a 3.9 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society ... Continuing her basketball career at Bates College ... A two-year captain who averaged 11 points and 4 steals per game this season ... Drained a team-high 34-three pointers ... Guided Magicians to a state tournament appearance for the first time in two years ... Best games came against Gloucester (25 points) and Winchester (10 steals) ... Leading scorer on the team for the past three seasons.

JACLYN PANNETON

Salem, Junior w

Forward/Center

Developed a crafty post game over the past three years with the Witches ... Ranks 19th in her junior class and carries a 3.96 GPA ... Averaged 11.3 points and 13-plus rebounds per game this season ... Team captain led the Witches in points and rebounds the past two years ... Two-time Northeastern Conference and Salem News all-star ... Best team performance came after defeating archrival Beverly for the second time during the season ... Credits her parents, as well as head coach John Fortunato, as her biggest athletic influences.

HONORABLE MENTION

Beverly: MaryCate Flaherty, Sr., G; Natalie Mellinger, Fr., G.

Danvers: Hannah Llewellyn, So., G; Ashley Arnoldy, Sr., F.

Peabody: Sara Hosman, So, G; Olivia Summit, Sr., F; Amanda Matthews, Sr., F; Courtney Bua, Jr., F; Melissa Gray, Fr., G.

Salem: Brianna Rodriguez, So., G; Rachael Zipper, Jr., G; Maritza Scott, So., G/F.

Marblehead: Mia Bongiorno, Jr., G; McKenna Barrett, Sr., F; Sara Snadecki, Sr., F; Lindsay Walker, Fr., F.

Swampscott: Jacqueline Walsh, Sr., G; Jaymie Caponigro, Fr., G; Samantha Rizzo, Jr., G.

Bishop Fenwick: Bridget Corcoran, Sr., F; Kate Lipka, Sr., G; Sydney Brennan, So., G; Lexie Rose, Jr., G.

Masconomet: Stephanie Mini, Fr., C; Lexie Nason, Sr., F; Kate Kitsakos, Jr., G.

Ipswich: Bridget Curran, Sr., F; Kelsey Daly, Fr., G; Jordan Morrissey, Jr., F.

Hamilton-Wenham: Catherine Ecker, Sr., G; Haley Willis, Sr., G; Kelly Walsh, Fr., G; Molly Eagar, So., G.

Pingree: Haley Sabino, Sr., F; Kerri Zerfoss, So., G; Hanna Stasiuk, So., F; Cassidy Assad, So., F.

North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie: Kaera Wyse, Sr., F; Cora Clement, Jr., G;