December 13, 2012

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL NOTES: Richmond, Rangeley face off in big game

While Friday was opening day for many girls basketball teams, Rangeley opens its season this Friday night against Richmond. The game matches the two top contenders in Western D.


1. McAuley
2. Cheverus
3. Presque Isle
4. Deering
5. Mt. Ararat
6. Lake Region
7. Edward Little
8. York
9. Greely
10. Nokomis


• Erskine senior Bridget Humphrey scored 23 points in a loss to Messalonskee.
• Forest Hills junior Anna Carrier scored 35 points in a pair of wins against Vinalhaven and Seacoast Christian.
• Messalonskee junior Kelsey Mayo had 17 points and 13 rebounds in a victory over Erskine.
• Lawrence freshman Dominique Lewis had 32 points as the Bulldogs split a pair of games with Brewer and Brunswick.
• Valley junior Meaghan Hunnewell had nine rebounds and drew a key offensive foul as the Cavaliers upset Greenville.
• Mt. Abram senior Mikayla Luce scored 21 points as the Roadrunners defeated Telstar.
• Mt. View senior Janelle Thornley had 16 points as the Mustangs edged Maine Central Institute.

With an extra week of preseason, Rangeley coach Heidi Deery said her team has been working on its overall game.

“We’re trying to really play the game, and not run from Point A to Point B,” Deery said. “Just read the defense, and take what they’re giving you. Lots of times you can put a lot of energy into what the other team is doing, when if you’re turning the ball over without them forcing it, it doesn’t really matter what they’re doing defensively.”

Richmond has one of the top players in Class D in 6-foot senior Jamie Plummer. In last season’s meeting with Rangeley in Richmond, Plummer scored 33 points in a 43-41 win. Richmond coach Molly Bishop has her playing a little more inside this season.

“Utilizing her size is frustrating for her at times,” Bishop said. “She likes to play on the outside. She does a great job of posting up.”

In keeping with the theme of the Lakers focusing on themselves, Deery said Rangeley’s mental approach is critical. No matter the outcome, it’s the first game in a long season.

“I just say, ‘Listen you guys: Every time we take the court — every time — we do it one way, and that’s with intensity, competitive fire, and a desire to be successful,’ ” Deery said. “That’s our goal every night, and obviously it will be Friday night, and it would be no matter who we were playing.”

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Maranacook started off 2-0 by defeating Medomak Valley and Morse. Next up for the Black Bears is a stretch where they face three quality opponents: Friday night at home against Nokomis, then road games Tuesday at Leavitt and next Friday at Gardiner.

Christine Miller had 35 points and 15 rebounds against Morse, and coach Jeannine Paradis said she liked how her team handled that game mentally.

“(It) was a pretty physical game. The officials let us play,” Paradis said. “The key was my kids not reacting to the non-calls, and for being such a young group, they did a really nice job of that.”

Nokomis cruised in its first two games under new coach Michelle Paradis, winning both by a combined 91 points. The Warriors will get a tougher test at Maranacook, and it’s also a chance for the Black Bears to show that they can play with a contender.

“They really do everything I ask them to do,” the Maranacook coach said, “and they really want to turn the program around and make it so that people want to come see Maranacook Black Bear basketball.”

The teams have played their games on the same nights, so Jeannine Paradis hasn’t been able to watch Nokomis in person. The Warriors have two inside threats in Anna MacKenzie and Traci Carson. Kylie Richards is out with a knee injury but her sister, Kelsie and Lindsay Whitney are strong offensive players.

“Nokomis is always tough,” Paradis said. “Michelle definitely played really tough basketball as a player, so I know that she’s going to instill those things in her teams as well.”

Maranacook is 2-0, with wins over Medomak Valley and Morse. In the latter game, Christine Miller led the Black Bears with 35 points and 15 rebounds.

“Nokomis is always tough,” Maranacook coach Jeannine Paradis said. “Michelle definitely played really tough basketball as a player, so I know that she’s going to instill those things in her teams as well.”

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The schedule for the Capital City Hoop Classic is set and it features a good group of boys and girls teams from central Maine. The tournament, now in its 18th year, will be played at the Augusta Civic Center on Dec. 28-29. Each boys and girls team is guaranteed two games on their respective days with two playing in a championship game.

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