Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Even with some of the starters playing major minutes, Laney feels one of UMA’s strengths is its versatility. The Moose are 5-6 after Tuesday night’s win over UMaine-Machias.
“We’ve got such a strong foundation of players,” Laney said. “Really seeing them come together has made the difference for us. We have so many different role players, that really it can be anybody, any night, doing anything.”
The Moose could add another impact player in January. Cony grad Kristi Violette is on the roster as a senior, but has not played a game this season due to a broken wrist.
“She actually went out the very first night of practice,” Laney said. “She’d be a big help going into second semester.”
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There are two big games in South Portland tonight at Southern Maine Community College as the women’s and men’s teams face Central Maine Community College in a doubleheader beginning at 6.
All four teams are undefeated in conference play. The CMCC women feature two local players among their top three scorers. Freshman Gabby Foy, a Mt. Blue grad, is averaging 14.9 points per game, while freshman Sam Bruce of Madison is averaging 13.4 ppg. Freshmen Janelle Thornley (Mt. View) and Courtney Taylor (Madison) have played in every game for the Mustangs.
For SMCC, junior Jaimi Poland of Skowhegan is averaging 5.6 ppg, and New Sharon native Zyrah Giustra is at 3.9 ppg.
For the CMCC men, Valley grad Carrington Miller is scoring 9.4 ppg. The SMCC men have two freshmen from Waterville in Josh Gormley (4.0 ppg) and Jordan DeRosby (3.2 ppg).
The four teams have a combined record of 42-4 overall and 26-0 in the Yankee Small College Conference.Matt DiFilippo — email@example.comTwitter: @Matt_DiFilippo