June 19, 2018
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Diplock, Guerrette, Koizar, Worcester named BDN East All-Tourney MVPs

By Dave Barber, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Chandler Guerrette of Presque Isle, Mackenzie Worcester of Washburn and Mia Diplock of Cony of Augusta were named Bangor Daily News East All-Tournament Owen Osborne MVPs after leading their teams to Eastern Maine girls basketball championships last week.

Sigrid Koizar of Stearns of Millinocket was selected MVP in Class C after leading the Minutemen into the regional final against Central.

The BDN selected the all-tourney teams with input from school administrators, media representatives, former coaches, Maine Principals’ Association officials and other dedicated observers.

The MVP award was established in 1994 in memory of Osborne, a former BDN sports reporter and editor.

Guerrette was one of the sparks as the Wildcats remain undefeated after downing Nokomis of Newport 52-40 in Saturday’s Class B title game. Worcester averaged 19.7 points per game as the top-ranked Beavers ran the table in Class D. Diplock scored 11 points in the fourth quarter as the 21-0 Rams rallied to edge Edward Little of Auburn 44-41 in Friday’s Eastern A final.

The East B, C and D games were played at the Bangor Auditorium, while the Eastern Maine A game was held at the Augusta Civic Center.

In Class A, Diplock’s on-court leadership was a key to leading coach Karen Magnusson’s Rams to their first regional title since 2007.

The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A South player of the year and Miss Basketball finalist led Cony in scoring in each of its three tournament wins, highlighted by a 25-point quarterfinal effort against eighth-seeded Bangor that featured both her long-range shooting and ability to drive to the basket.

Kory Norcross, one of a bevy of young guards who led Edward Little to the regional final, was a double-figure scorer in each of the Red Eddies’ postseason contests, including 16 first-half points in the final against Cony.

Josie Lee was a strong complement to Diplock, ranking among Cony’s leading scorers during postseason play while showing her offensive skills with an 18-point quarterfinal performance.

Tianna Harriman, a first-year player for EL coach Craig Jipson, came off the bench to provide a spark for the Red Eddies. She scored 15 points during a quarterfinal victory over Hampden Academy, including six during the fourth quarter to help repel a Broncos comeback. She also had six fourth-quarter points during a semifinal victory over Skowhegan and 11 first-half points in the final.

Katie Brochu of Bangor saw action in just one tournament game, but she ended her high school career for the Rams with a unique feat — a triple-double. Brochu scored 20 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked 11 shots in an effort to help the eighth-seeded Rams remain in contention against No. 1 Cony before ultimately suffering a 57-47 defeat.

In Class B, Guerrette, a junior guard, posted double-figure scoring twice for the top-seeded Wildcats, including a team-high 13 in the final against Nokomis as Presque Isle returns to the state final for the first time since 2006 after being eliminated by the Warriors in the East semis the past two years. She also contributed as a ballhandler, 3-point shooter and penetrater.

Wildcats teammate Hannah Graham, a freshman guard, was one of three PI players who saw significant minutes off the bench, and she added scoring punch when she did. Graham was in double figures in all three games, including backing Guerrette with 11 points against Nokomis.

Kayla Richards was the senior point guard for Presque Isle, working to get inside when she could but usually looking for open teammates such as Graham and Guerrette. Her leadership and ball distribution were keys to beating Nokomis.

Marissa Shaw, a junior forward, was on the opposite side of the final, trying to lead the Warriors (also unbeaten at the time) past PI for the third straight year. Shaw often drove in for baskets rather than waiting in the wings and also scored in double figures in all three games.

Alanna Vose, a senior guard, turned in a 24-point effort for Medomak Valley of Waldoboro against Nokomis in the quarterfinals as the Panthers hung in against the No. 2 Warriors.

In Class C, Koizar, a junior guard, seemed to contribute whatever the Minutemen needed, whether it was ballhandling, rebounding or scoring from inside or on the perimeter. She scored 32 points in Stearns’ semifinal win over No. 8 Houlton on 13-for-17 shooting from the field. The Austrian exchange student also hit a 3-pointer to send the final into overtime and another that tied the game with 1:21 to go.

Central’s Max McHugh, a junior guard, was tasked with slowing Koizar in the final, limiting her to 6-for-10 from the floor as the Red Devils pulled out the 42-41 OT win. She was also Central’s primary playmaker on offense, helping set up freshman forward Brianna Skolfield, who scored 21 in the final.

McHugh teammate Sam Brownell, a senior forward, gave offensive support, but also played some gritty defense, including blocking a Koizar 3-pointer with less than 10 seconds remaining in overtime and Central up by three. It was Brownell’s second block of Koizar in the game.

Maddy McVicar, a freshman guard for No. 2 Calais, was unflustered in her appearances at the auditorium. She opened with 23 points against Narraguagus of Harrington in the quarters, then added 11 in the semis against Central.

In Class D, Worcester showed how much the rest of the class has to worry about in the future from the freshman guard. She scored 29 points against Deer Isle-Stonington in the quarterfinals in her first tournament game at the auditorium and had 20 in the 68-44 title win over Hodgdon.

Carsyn Koch, a sophomore forward, was another strong underclassman for the defending state champion Beavers, who don’t have any seniors on the squad. Koch came back from a broken wrist suffered before the season and seamlessly joined the lineup. She scored 17 points against Van Buren in the semis and 19 in the final.

Sophomore guard Parise Rossignol had another strong tournament for No. 4 Van Buren, opening with 33 points in the quarterfinals and 18 in the semis against Washburn.

Victoria McIntyre, a senior forward for Central Aroostook of Mars Hill, powered the Panthers’ offense with 13 points against Woodland in the quarters and 20 in a semifinal loss to Hodgdon.

Jennah Steamer helped propel the No. 7 Hodgdon Hawks to the EM final. The junior center was in double figures in wins over Southern Aroostook of Dyer Brook and Central Aroostook as well as in the loss to Washburn.

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