The Salem News
2013 Salem News Girls Basketball Player of the Year
It's absolutely astonishing to think that Ipswich point guard Masey Zegarowski is only a sophomore. Though every season so far she's elevated her game to new heights, we have another two years to watch her grow.
The 16-year-old has been around basketball most of her life, with her older brother Michael Carter-Williams Final Four bound at Syracuse and her mother Mandy Carter-Zegarowski as head coach of the Tigers. It's evident that her basketball IQ is right up there with some of the top players in the state.
"Masey is a true point guard with great court vision," said Carter-Zegarowski. "She is a pass first point guard, who takes care of the ball and makes the extra pass."
Named the Cape Ann League Small Player of the Year, Zegarowski was often double and triple teamed by defenders as most of the Ipswich offense runs through her hands. She never let that stop her, finishing as the second leading scorer in the area by averaging 14.7 points per game and second in the area in 3-pointers made with 54.
"Masey loves making her teammates better and her ability to control the game gained her the respect of other coaches in the league who voted her co-player of the year," Caster-Zegarowski said.
Since Zegarowski started her career at the Ipswich, the Tigers have gone 37-9 with her running the point. She averaged 5.1 assists and 3.1 steals per game this season.
It was a standout year for Panneton, who averaged 12.9 points and led the Witches in rebounding ... NEC all-star holds a 3.8 GPA and plans to play basketball in college ... Best game came against Lynn English in which she helped Salem take the Bulldogs to overtime ... Also lifted the Witches to victory over Saugus, with a 24-point, 14-rebound performance ... Credits her dad as her biggest influence, for always being their with support and constructive criticism to help.
Two-year starter for the Panthers was named team MVP this season ... The 18-year-old scored 19 points against Marblehead and netted 15 in the first half against Wilmington ... Two-year team captain ... Masconomet Holiday all-tourney selection ... Has a 3.7 grade point average.
Helped Danvers to a 13-9 record this year after only winning five games the previous season ... Powered the Falcons by rival Gloucester in the tournament with 16-point performance ... Four-year varsity player and two-time NEC all-star ... Led the Falcons in scoring for the past two seasons ... Captain this year scored 291 points, averaging 13.2 ppg. to bring her career total to 893 points ... Two-time team MVP led the NEC in the 3-pointers made with 63 ... Hit at least one 3-pointer in 21 of 22 games and shot 70 percent from the free throw line.
The 6-foot-2 center was awarded Team MVP this season ... Junior captain averaged a double-double this year with 12.3 points per game and 10.4 rebounds per game ... Named to the NEC all-league team and averaged 3 steals per game, 3 assists per game and 4 blocks per game ... Became a reliable free throw shooter going 71.7 percent from the line ... Ranked 28th in her class with a 3.71 grade point average ... Names her father as her biggest athletic influence.
Received the Frank Wiggin Memorial award for "dedication, hard-work, commitment and unselfishness" at the team banquet ... Averaged 6.0 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game ... Was key to the Tanners' defense as she always covered the opponents top player ... Shot 72.3 from the free throw line ... Helped Peabody defeat Swamscott (42-40) by hitting two free throws with seven seconds remaining ... Named NEC all-star ... Says that coach Jane Heil gave her the opportunity to lead the team and showed her what true dedication is.
Vocal team leader sparked her team to the Division 3 North semifinals for the second straight season ... Recorded 20 or more rebounds on four different occasions this year ... Named CAL Small co-MVP and was also awarded the Institution for Savings Christmas Tournament MVP ... Holds a 4.0 GPA and plans on studying business next year in college ... Co-captain scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds against Wings Academy during the Tigers' New York City road trip.
5-foot-11 center has developed into an ideal post player for the Falcons averaging 7 rebounds per game ... NEC all-star and captain-elect's best game against Wilmington in the playoffs in which she scores 14 points ... Two-year varsity player managed to score 202 points this season with a 9.1 ppg. average, despite being double-teamed most games ... Holds down a 3.3 GPA and plans on playing basketball in college ... Her highest scoring game came against Marblehead when she had 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Led the Magicians in scoring with 241 points this season ... Averaged 12.1 points per games and hit 36 three-pointers on the year ... Holds a 3.71 GPA ... Credits her family as her biggest influence ... A two-time Salem News and NEC all-star ... Named Team Offensive Player of the Year ... Best game came against Salem in which she hit a late free-throw with two second left to send the game into overtime, finished the game with 16 points, eight rebounds and eight steals.
Perhaps the area's most versatile player could do it all ... Columbia-bound senior is the area scoring leader, averaging 16.3 ppg. ... Two-time NEC Small MVP missed a significant amount of time due to an ankle injury ... Was named Swampscott's Student-Athlete of the Month last December and boasts a 3.8 GPA ... Best game came against Saugus, in which she scored 25 points ... The Big Blue faltered with Talkov out of the lineup, but nearly made the tournament once she returned.
Used a keen eye for the game to come on strong in the second half of the season ... Named to the CAL All-League team and was awarded team MVP at this year's banquet ... The captain-elect led the Chieftains in scoring with 284 points, for an average of 12.9 points per game ... Had a monster game against Newburyport, scoring a career-high 42 points ... Average 5.7 rebounds per game and 2.7 steals per game this season ... Helped Masco to a 16-6 record overall and 11-2 home record.
University of Alabama-bound senior capped off her career by averaging 8.6 points per game and 9.1 rebounds this season ... As a three-year starter, the 18-year-old Boxford native became Masconomet's backbone this year ... Best performance came against Cambridge in the Div. 1 tournament in which she scored 21 points in the victory ... Led the Chieftains in steals (averaging 3.1), rebounding and was third in scoring.
Guided the Generals to their first tournament appearance since 2005 ... Led the team in scoring with 12 points per game ... Named to the CAL all-league team ... Maintains a 4.1 grade points average ... Her dad has been her biggest influence, as her youth coach and her biggest supporter throughout high school ... Best individual performance came against Masconomet in which she scored a game-high 20 points ... Has been accepted to Northeastern and Tulane, but hasn't decided where she will attend in the fall.
Bishop Fenwick, Junior
Dynamic junior developed into quite the leader of the Crusaders ... Two-time CCL all-star earned the team offensive player award as the leading scorer ... Her best game was against Georgetown in which she scored 20 points ... Also a Salem News all-star in volleyball, the junior guard plans to play either basketball or volleyball in college ... Helped guide Fenwick to its first state tournament win since 2011.
Averaged a team-high 11.2 point per game ... Was a key rebounder and ball distributor ... Two-time team MVP ... Named to the All-League team for the fourth straight season ... Credits her brother Brendan for being her role model and an excellent athlete ... Will attend Union College in New York to play lacrosse ... Holds a 3.6 grade point average ... Best game this season came against league-rival Dana Hall.
Beverly: Bridget Keaton, Jr., F; Kate Silverstri, Jr., G.
Bishop Fenwick: Rose Fantozzi, Sr., G; Kelsey Wilkinson, Sr., F; Sam Borrelli, Sr., F; Gianna Pizzano, Jr., G; Chandler Wilder, Jr., G.
Danvers: Sarah Potter, Sr., G; Delaney Zecha, Jr., G; Hannah Llewellyn, Fr., F.
Ipswich: Brigid O'Flynn, Sr., F; Caroline Soucy, So., G; Jenna Gagnon, Fr., G.
Masconomet: Hannah Kiernan, Jr., G; Meg Collins, So., G.
Peabody: Courtney Bua, So., F.
Hamilton-Wenham: Haley Willis, Jr., G; Suzanne Rose, Jr., G; Sam Charette, Jr., C; Catherine Ecker, Jr., F.
Salem: Arianna Gaffney, So., G; Brianna Rodriguez, Fr., G; Rachael Zipper, So., G.