June 20, 2018
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MDI’s Shaw, Calais’ McVicar, Van Buren’s Rossignol, Oxford Hills’ Morin named BDN MVPs

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

The 5-foot-10 senior forward Hannah Shaw, who orchestrated Mount Desert Island’s 63-51 victory over Presque Isle in the Eastern Maine Class B final, has been chosen the recipient of the Bangor Daily News’ Owen Osborne Award, given to the players selected the Most Valuable Player in each class in the Eastern Maine schoolgirl basketball tourney.

The other Osborne winners are Oxford Hills junior forward Mikayla Morin, who led the Vikings from South Paris to the Class A title; Calais’ Maddy McVicar, a junior guard who repeated as the Class C MVP; and Van Buren senior forward Parise Rossignol, who set an Eastern Maine Class D record with 89 points in three games.

The Osborne award was established in 1994 in memory of the former BDN sportswriter and sports editor. The teams are selected in a vote conducted among media members, tournament officials and Maine Principals’ Association representatives.

Class B

Shaw had a terrific tournament culminating in her 25-point, 16-rebound, two-assist effort against Presque Isle. She finished the tourney with 59 points and 45 rebounds in three games and was also a leader on the court. She used her exceptional instincts and athleticism to control the boards.

She had 18 points, 15 rebounds and two blocked shots in the semis as the Trojans upset previously-undefeated Nokomis of Newport. She had 16 points and 14 rebounds in the quarterfinal win over Ellsworth.

Shaw was joined on the Class B all-tourney team by her younger sister Kelsey Shaw, a 5-10 sophomore forward; 5-5 senior guard Taylor Shaw from Nokomis; 5-10 junior guard Hannah Graham from Presque Isle and 6-1 junior center Brianna Skolfield from Foxcroft Academy.

Hannah Shaw was an all-tourney selection last year and Graham was selected to the 2012 team as a freshman. Skolfield was a Class C all-tourney team selection two years ago when she was a freshman at Central High of Corinth.

Kelsey Shaw had 13 points and nine rebounds against Presque Isle, and she also had three assists. Shaw had 13 points, four rebounds and two steals against Nokomis and was an effective defender throughout the tournament.

Graham was closely guarded by the Trojans in their 2-3 zone, but she scored 13 second-half points including three 3-pointers in the last 4:27 of the game as she tried desperately to rally her Wildcats. She also had five rebounds and three assists against MDI after scoring 18 points in a semifinal win over Foxcroft and 20 points in a quarterfinal victory over Gardiner.

Skolfield, a dominant inside force with a nice touch, had 17 points and nine rebounds as the Ponies nearly pulled off the semifinal upset over Presque Isle. Presque Isle won 53-49. Skolfield also had 13 points and five rebounds in the 33-25 quarterfinal win over Waterville.

Taylor Shaw, an outstanding all-around player, led the Warriors to their quarterfinal win over John Bapst of Bangor with 18 points, five rebounds and two assists.

Class C

The 5-foot-6 McVicar had 14 points and five assists in the Blue Devils’ impressive victory over Orono.

That followed a 13-point, 7-rebound outing against Houlton and an 18-point outburst against Washington Academy of East Machias.

McVicar can score both inside and outside and is a terrific distributor of the basketball. She is a three-time all-tourney selection.

McVicar was joined on the Class C team by teammate Paige Gillespie, a 5-11 senior center; Houlton High School 5-7 sophomore guard Katie Condon; and Orono guards Hannah Clement, a 5-2 sophomore, and Elea Kass, a 5-5 senior.

Gillespie was a force under the boards, collecting double-digit rebounds in all three victories. She had five points and 11 rebounds against Orono, 12 points and 12 rebounds against Houlton, and five points and 12 rebounds against Washington Academy.

Condon had a team-high 12 points and eight rebounds in the semifinal to Calais after playing a pivotal role in the 38-36 victory over Dexter in the quarterfinal with 13 points, four rebounds and two assists.

Clement was Orono’s offensive catalyst and joined with Kass to trigger the Red Riots’ swarming press.

Clement had 14 points, four assists, four rebounds and three steals in the quarterfinal win over Piscataquis Community High of Guilford; 14 points, five steals and two assists in a semifinal victory over Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln; and 11 points in the title-game loss to Calais.

Kass was an outstanding defender with quick feet who provided a stable veteran presence while acting as one of the floor generals. She had 21 points in the team’s three games, including a 10-point, two-steal performance against Mattanawcook Academy.

Class D

Rossignol, a 5-8 forward, concluded a remarkable career with her record-setting performance in the tournament.

Despite getting double and triple-teamed, she still managed to score at least 21 points in each of her three tourney games in leading the Crusaders to their berth in the Eastern Maine D final loss to Washburn. She had nine rebounds and three assists to go with 21 points against the smothering Washburn full-court defense.

The dynamic Rossignol, an all-tourney choice in 2012, also had nine rebounds and three assists against the defending three-time state champs.

She had 28 points, eight rebounds and two assists in the 39-37 semifinal win over Fort Fairfield after torching Limestone Community School/Maine School of Science and Mathematics for a record-tying 43 points in the quarterfinal. She tied Tricia Carver’s record for points in a single game in the Class D tournament.

Rossignol was accompanied on the Class D team by Washburn’s Carmen Bragg (2011, 2013), Mackenzie Worcester and Carsyn Koch, and Schenck of East Millinocket’s Morgan Thompson.

Bragg, a 5-4 senior guard, is a two-time Osborne Award winner (2011, 2013); 5-8 senior center Koch was an all-tourney pick in 2012; 5-5 junior guard Worcester was the MVP a year ago and an all-tourney selection two years ago; and Thompson, a 5-10 senior center, was on the all-tourney team last year.

Bragg is a versatile player who can score, defend, distribute and rebound.

She had eight points and six rebounds against Van Buren; 14 points, three rebounds and two assists in the semifinal win over Schenck; and 16 points in the quarterfinal win over Machias.

Worcester not only had 18 points, seven assists and two rebounds against Van Buren, she also guarded Rossignol and used her quickness and tenacity to force Rossignol to work hard with the ball. Worcester also had 24 points against Schenck and 23 points, eight assists, six rebounds and six steals against Machias.

Koch attacked the basket and had 19 points, eight rebounds and two steals against Van Buren and 16 points, four rebounds and five steals against Schenck. She parlayed her lanky frame and speed to be a dominant defender.

Thompson, who was a threat outside as well as inside, had 24 points in the loss to Washburn after a nine-point, eight-rebound, three-assist showing in a quarterfinal win over Stearns of Millinocket. She scored her team’s last seven points vs. Stearns.

Class A

Morin racked up 44 points in her team’s three tournament wins to lead Oxford Hills to the championship.

Her 16 points and five steals keyed the upset win over Edward Little of Auburn in the final. She had 12 points in the 35-33 win over Messalonskee of Oakland and 16 in the four-overtime win over Skowhegan.

Morin was joined on the all-tourney team by teammate Anna Winslow, a junior forward; Cony High senior guard Emily Quirion; Skowhegan senior guard Taylor Johnson and Mt. Blue of Farmington senior guard Miranda Nicely.

Winslow scored 43 points in the tournament, including 22 in the victory over Edward Little as she teamed with Morin to spark the upset of the Eddies.

Quirion pumped in a game-high 27 points in the win over Brunswick and had eight more in the loss to Edward Little; Nicely had 29 points and nine rebounds in Mt. Blue’s 47-45 quarterfinal loss to Edward Little; and Johnson pumped in 20 points, thanks to six 3-pointers in the 4-OT loss to Oxford Hills.


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