June 22, 2018
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Here are 10 players to watch in Maine North girls basketball this winter

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

Houlton’s Kolleen Bouchard, a 6-foot senior guard, averaged 24.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 3.8 blocked shots and 2.1 steals per game in leading the Shiretowners to a third straight regional championship. She is a three-time Bangor Daily News All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team selection.

“She’s a special player. She controls a game. She can penetrate and she also gets her teammates involved,” said Hermon coach Chris Cameron.

“She is a great floor general,” said Houlton coach Shawn Graham. “She can score, she can defend, she’s a great shot blocker, she runs our fast break and she has improved her long-range shooting.”

“Her basketball IQ is one of her best attributes,” said former John Bapst coach Mike Webb. “She’s probably the best all-around player around.”

Presque Isle’s Emily Wheaton, a senior guard, averaged 18.9 points, 4.7 assists and two steals per game. She was a third-team BDN All-Maine selection.

“She’s the best point guard in the class, without a doubt,” said Webb.

“She’s a very good ball-handler who can create her own shot. She can step back and shoot it or take it all the way to the rim,” said Cameron.

“She can do it all,” said Graham.

Messalonskee’s Alyssa Turner, a senior guard, averaged a double-double a year ago as well as seven assists and four steals per game. She was a BDN All-Maine honorable mention.

“It’s nice having a 6-foot point guard who can play all five positions and was on the league’s all-defensive team,” said Messalonskee coach Keith Derosby. “She’s our best defender. She has over a six-foot wingspan and deflects a lot of passes.”

“She understands the game and plays hard,” said former Hampden Academy coach Tim Scott. “She’s long and is a real good defender.”

Central’s Sydney Allen, who stands 5-6, is a “true point guard who runs the show” according to Webb. She is a senior and was a BDN All-Maine honorable mention.

“She’s very versatile,” said Webb. “She can shoot, she plays great defense and she’s hard-nosed.”

“She does a very good job handling the ball,” said Graham.

Nokomis’ Chelsea Crockett is a 5-7 guard who does a “lot of things well” according to Derosby. She is a senior and was a BDN All-Maine honorable mention.

“She’s a tough matchup,” said Derosby. “She’s rugged, she can shoot the ball and she rebounds very well.”

“She’s strong and she knows the game,” said Scott. “She sees the floor real well. She’s a nice player.”

John Bapst’s Crystal Bell, a 5-8 guard, is a “phenomenal shooter” who averaged 18 points per game according to Webb. She is a senior and was a BDN All-Maine honorable mention.

“She is a confident shooter and her range is anywhere over half-court,” said Webb. “She isn’t afraid to take it to the basket, either. And she’s a hard-nosed player. She also averaged six or seven rebounds.”

“She is one of the deadliest 3-point shooters around,” said Cameron.

Cheverus’ Abby Cavallaro, a 5-6 guard, averaged over 12 points, five rebounds, three rebounds and three assists per game. She is a senior and was a BDN All-Maine honorable mention.

“She’s explosive,” said former Edward Little High of Auburn coach Craig Jipson. “She loves to shoot the three and she’s also very dangerous off the dribble. She’s a really good scorer.”

“She’s quick, she handles the ball well and she shoots well,” said former Bangor High coach Joe Johnson.

Lewiston’s Victoria Harris is a 6-foot center who is a tenacious rebounder and rim protector with a nice shooting touch. She is a senior and was a BDN All-Maine honorable mention.

“She is a real good player inside,” said Jipson. “She’s a very good rebounder and shot blocker who plays well with her back to the basket.”

“She’s very athletic and defends very well,” said Johnson. “She’s strong. She’s a very good player.”

Bailey Donovan of Hampden Academy, a 6-2 junior, is another imposing post presence who averaged a double-double (points and rebounds per game),.

“She has good hands, she’s athletic, she runs the floor and she is a good foul shooter,” said Scott. “She’s got all the tools. And she works hard.”

“She’s a tough matchup for anyone,” said Derosby.

Oxford Hill sophomore Julie Colby, according her coach Nate Pelletier, is an exceptional point guard who also averaged 11 points per game and led the Vikings in assists and rebounds.

“She never turns the ball over,” said Pelletier.

“She is tenacious and has very good skills. She was one of the best freshmen we saw,” said Johnson.

“She is a great basketball player,” said Jipson.

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