Lawrence High School of Fairfield great Cindy Blodgett was a four-time Bangor Daily News All-Maine Schoolgirl basketball team selection and, for the first time since she graduated in 1994, two other players have earned their fourth straight berths.
In 2010-11, third-team choices Clement and Rossignol became the first freshmen to earn berths since Blodgett (first team) in 1991.
Gorham freshman guard Emily Esposito was named to the third team this season.
Coaches, administrators, officials and media members were involved in the voting.
Clement was a first-team pick last season and a second-teamer two years ago while Rossignol was a two-time second-team selection.
Accompanying Clement and Rossignol on the first team are Lake Region of Naples senior forward Tiana-Jo Carter, a first-teamer and second-teamer previously; McAuley senior center-forward Olivia Smith, a previous second-teamer and third-teamer, and Mount Desert Island senior forward Hannah Shaw.
The second team is comprised of Calais High School junior guard Maddy McVicar, Wells High School senior forward Alison Furness, Freeport senior forward Nina Davenport, Lawrence sophomore center Nia Irving and Presque Isle junior guard Hannah Graham.
The third team features junior guard Mackenzie Worcester of Washburn, junior forward Victoria Lux of McAuley, Esposito and senior guards Emily Quirion of Cony in Augusta and Kory Norcross of Edward Little in Auburn.
Clement capped a sensational career by being named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the second straight season, becoming just the fifth multi-time winner. She was also named Miss Maine Basketball.
She will take her basketball skills to Marist College (N.Y.).
“She was special on and off the court. She was all about winning,” said McAuley coach Bill Goodman.
Clement didn’t let foot surgery in October deter her from leading McAuley to its fourth straight state Class A championship.
“As soon as we got back from our only loss, she put herself through a one-hour workout to get it out of her system,” said Goodman. “She was always working on her weaknesses. She became a much more complete player.”
“She’s extremely fast and can take the ball to the rim or she can pull up for a jumper,” said Gorham coach Laughn Berthiaume.
UMaine-bound Rossignol averaged over 30 points per game despite being double- and triple-teamed. She scored 2,589 career points and led her team in scoring in all 87 career games.
“She took her game to another level this season,” said Matt Rossignol, her coach and dad. “She didn’t have many uncontested shots. Her speed and her elevation on her jump shot increased and she was much more athletic taking the ball to the basket.”
“She can shoot from anywhere even with two or three players on her,” said Washburn coach Diana Trams.
Carter, who will play for Albany, averaged a double-double to lead Lake Region to the state Class B title.
“She was a woman among girls,” said Freeport coach Jim Seavey. “She’s 6-foot-2 but she plays bigger because she’s so long. It’s not very often that you find someone who gets 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in their careers. That’s incredible.”
“She is the single most disruptive force we had to contend with,” said Wells coach Don Abbott. “She could change the game at both ends of the floor.”
Shaw led coach Brent Barker’s Trojans to the Eastern Maine Class B title and was chosen the Most Valuable Player in the EM B tourney. She had 59 points and 45 rebounds in their three wins.
“She’s a great player,” said Presque Isle coach Jeff Hudson. “She’s really strong, she has really quick hands, she can score around the basket and she has a knack for the ball. She’s a real good offensive rebounder.”
“She is one of the best athletes I’ve coached in my eight years here,” said Barker. “She worked hard on her game and became a better outside shooter and ball-handler.”
Shaw will attend Endicott College (Mass.).
The 6-foot-3 Smith, who will attend Dartmouth College,returned from knee surgery and combined with Lux to provide a dominating inside presence.
“Not many have the size and toughness she had,” said Berthiaume. “She contested jump shots and was quick enough laterally to stay with smaller players.”
“She’s a great player. She became a very good defensive player and her passing improved significantly,” said Goodman.
The 5-6 McVicar sparked Calais to the state Class C title. She scored 45 points in three EM tournament games and was chosen the MVP for the second straight year.
“She’s the first one in the gym and the last one to leave. She is always working on her game,” said Calais coach Dana Redding. “She can hit the three and has as good a crossover move as I’ve seen. She understands the game and she’s a team player.”
The 6-foot Irving is a two-time Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
“She has great hands and great instincts in the post,” said Lawrence coach John Donato. “She’s hard to stop. She can shoot with both hands and can also hit a pull-up jumper.”
“She is as good a post player as there is in the state and she’s the best natural rebounder I’ve seen,” said Edward Little coach Craig Jipson.
Seavey said the 5-11 Davenport is “one of the most complete players I’ve coached in 20 years.” She is the school’s all-time leading scorer (1,127 points) and had a team-high 25 3-pointers this season.
“She can do a little of everything. She’s very athletic and tenacious,” said Seavey.
Davenport is mulling a couple of colleges.
Furness, according to Abbott, finished her career with 979 points and had a great work ethic.
“She became a much more complete player. She became a lockdown defender and ball-handler and she was versatile. She could post-up, slash to the rim and she was dangerous behind the three-point line,” said Abbott.
She may pursue an art career in college.
The 5-10 Graham, the Big East Player of the Year in Class B, does “everything well,” according to Hudson.
“She was our point guard and she also guarded the other team’s best player. She is a good ball-handler and distributor and she is very composed,” said Hudson.
“She’s a very good shooter and a very intelligent player,” added Barker.
Worcester, an outstanding all-around player, shot 48 percent from the floor despite missing the first six games with a broken shooting hand.
Rossignol called her “the prototypical point guard” and Trams said Worcester’s composure is unparalleled, as is her dedication which included her organizing pre-school workouts.
The 6-1 Lux led the Southwestern Maine Activities Association in rebounding (9.2 per game) and was eighth in scoring (13.3 ppg). Goodman she she’s among the best players in the state and Berthiaume called her “the strongest girl in the league.”
The 5-7 Norcross, according to Jipson, finished in the “top five in most career statistics (at EL)” and was a great leader and a winner who always came through in the clutch. Norcross is going to Springfield College.
Donato said Quirion “can take over a game with her shooting ability. She and Norcross are the best two pure shooters in the league.” Quirion is contemplating her college options.
Cony coach Ted Rioux said what the 5-4 Quirion lacked in size “she made up for in heart, guts and desire” and called her a great passer.
The 5-9 Esposito, according to Goodman, could “do it all” and Berthiaume said she was “deadly from 15 feet in.” She was the SMAA’s third-leading scorer (17.6 ppg) and No. 2 rebounder (9.1 rpg) and she would often guard the other team’s top scoring threat.