Even though her team was ousted from the Eastern Maine Class B schoolgirl basketball tournament by defending two-time Eastern Maine champ Nokomis of Newport 58-51 on Saturday, Medomak Valley of Waldoboro senior guard Alanna Vose left a lasting impression.
The dynamic Vose’s last high school basketball game saw her score a game-high 24 points to eclipse the 1,000 mark for her career and pick up almost as many bruises as she fearlessly drove the lane, knocking down shots while also getting knocked down on several occasions and drawing fouls.
She injured her elbow on one fall early in the fourth quarter and sat out a couple of minutes. During her absence, Nokomis rattled off six straight points.
Vose also used her quickness and anticipation to register several steals.
Medomak Valley coach Randy Hooper said Vose has had an “unbelievable” career and influence on the program.
“We hadn’t been to the tournament in 22 years and we’ve made it the last four years [with Vose],” said Hooper. “She’s the common denominator.”
“It has been a real good four years,” said Vose, who was pleased that she and her teammates gave a good account of themselves against a Nokomis team that had beaten them 66-33 on Jan. 14.
She is proud of reaching the 1,000-point plateau.
“It feels real good. I didn’t even know which basket I got it on. Then the fans went nuts,” said Vose.
So how many bruises does the aggressive Vose sustain over the course of a game?
“A lot,” she smiled.
But it doesn’t matter to her. She has tremendous passion for the game.
“Drawing fouls is one of the best parts,” she said. “I love the game. People say I was born with a basketball in my hands.”
Vose, who puts just 115 pounds on her 5-foot-6 frame, said she will continue her career at the University of New England in Biddeford, where she hopes to study physical therapy.
“I’m looking forward to keep playing. But I’ve got to get in the weight room,” she said.
Kofstad is versatile scorer
Andrew Kofstad is a nightmare to cover.
The 6-foot-3 Presque Isle High School senior forward not only can score inside, he hit four of his eight three-pointers in an impressive 57-46 win over Ellsworth in their Eastern Maine Class B quarterfinal at the Bangor Auditorium on Saturday.
“In middle school, he was short and all he did was shoot,” explained PI senior forward Matt Eager. “Then he got bigger. He’s an offensive weapon who can also still guard a big guy on defense.”
“Coach [Terry Cummings] usually tries to get me open [for three-pointers],” said Kofstad, who added that his team’s guards do an exemplary job getting him the basketball in prime shooting areas.
McNally stays in the game
Sean McNally’s playing career may have ended last season at the University of Maine, but the former Gardiner High School star is still in the game.
McNally is serving as a volunteer assistant coach this season at his alma mater under head coach Jason Cassidy. He was back at the Bangor Auditorium on Friday with the Tigers, who earned a quarterfinal victory over Nokomis.
“It’s a lot of fun,” said McNally, who works in wine sales for Pine State Trading Co.
Sitting on the bench in an advisory role is challenging for a young man who was such a force on the court.
“Looking at it from this perspective started out as kind of a shock to me because I’m so used to being on the floor and knowing what to do myself,” McNally admitted. “Now I’m trying to teach kids what to do in certain situations.”
He appreciates that Cassidy solicits feedback from him and is willing to include him in the process.
McNally was pleased to be back at the Bangor Auditorium, where as a sophomore he helped Gardiner beat Brunswick in a Class A final for the program’s first tourney victory in more than 20 years.
McNally plans to remain involved in the game as a coach.
“Basketball’s my passion and I want to stay in it as long as I possibly can,” he said. “Coaching is the next best thing to playing, so I can definitely see it in my future.”