Here are 10 players to watch this season in North girls basketball

Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Penobscot Valley’s Alexis Ireland passes the ball in the first half of the girls class C state championship game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor in March 2019.
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Sadie Garling of Waterville was a Bangor Daily News All-Maine honorable mention and and was the KVAC Class B North Player of Year.
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Here are 10 girls basketball players to keep an eye on this season across the five North classes.

Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Alisyn Alley, right, of Stearns goes strong to the hoop as Central Aroostook's Breann Bradbury defends during the Class C North quarterfinal in February.

Alisyn Alley, Soph., F, Stearns: The fourth of the four standout Alley sisters led No. 9 Stearns past top seed Central Aroostook of Mars Hill in their Class C quarterfinal to earn all-tourney honors. “She’s phenomenal,” Stearns coach Nick Cullen said of the Bangor Daily News All-Maine honorable mention. “She is amazing to watch. She has the best floor vision I’ve ever seen. She’s our best rebounder and passer.”

Contributed | BDN
Contributed | BDN
Julia Colby

Julia Colby, Sr., G, Oxford Hills: The All-Maine first-team pick had a remarkable junior season, leading the Vikings to the Class AA state championship. Oxford Hills coach Nate Pelletier called Colby, who is headed to the New York Institute of Technology, the best ball-handler he has ever coached and a natural point guard. Colby averaged 18.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4 steals and 3.2 assists.

Pete Warner | BDN
Pete Warner | BDN
Calais High School basketball players (from left) Elizabeth Bitar, Sage Phillips, Olivia Huckins, Lauren Cook, Nedra Bassett and Sophie McVicar cheer as a teammate scores during the Class C North basketball semifinal against Madawaska in Bangor in February.

Lauren Cook, Sr., G, Calais: Cook is a scoring machine who averaged 22.5 points in two Class C North tourney games a year ago. She earned all-tourney honors for the second straight year. She is quick and can score from anywhere which makes her very difficult to guard.

Courtesy of Tim Goupille
Courtesy of Tim Goupille
Emily Curtis of the Woodland Dragons gets a shot off against Deer Isle-Stonington's Makayla Lebel during the Class D North semifinal at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor in February.

Emily Curtis, Jr., C, Woodland: The 5-foot-11 center established herself as one of the region’s best post players. She led the Dragons to a 59-33 Class D North victory over Katahdin in the quarterfinals with 16 points, 10 rebounds and five steals, then posted 30 points and 19 rebounds in a semifinal loss to undefeated Deer Isle-Stonington. She was an all-tourney selection and an All-Maine honorable mention.

Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Waterville's Sadie Garling launches a shot during the Class B North quarterfinal against John Bapst at the Cross Insurance Center in February.

Sadie Garling, Sr., F, Waterville: Garling paced the Panthers to a berth in the Class B North championship game. The All-Maine honorable mention and all-tourney selection (16.5 ppg, 4 rpg, 2.5 apg) was the KVAC Class B North Player of Year. The 3-point specialist is an excellent defender who forces a lot of turnovers in their full-court press.

Courtesy of Tim Goupille
Courtesy of Tim Goupille
Peyton Grant of the Dexter Tigers tries to get past her defender, Calais's Olivia Huckins, during the Class C North semifinal at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor in February.

Peyton Grant, Jr., G, Dexter: The versatile guard is an outstanding shooter with a long list of 20-point games. She can hit the 3, a midrange jumper or take the ball to the rim. She is a good ballhander with a high basketball IQ. Grant is a smart defender with good instincts. She is a two-time Class C North all-tourney pick and an All-Maine honorable mention.

Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Penobscot Valley’s Alexis Ireland passes the ball in the first half of the girls class C state championship game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor in March.

Lexi Ireland, Sr., G-F, Penobscot Valley: A relentless worker, the 5-9 Ireland can play point guard or center. She led the Howlers to their first regional championship since 1986 and earned Class C North tournament MVP honors and was an All-Maine honorable mention. “She has the heart of a champion. She is a competitor. She is a winner,” PVHS coach Nate Case said.

Lexi Mittelstadt, Sr., G, Mt. Blue: The two-time All-Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference first-team selection led the league in scoring (19.5 ppg) and assists (3.7) last season. The UMaine-bound Mittelstadt, an All-Maine honorable mention, can create shots for herself and likes to attack the rim. Messalonskee coach Keith Derosby called her an elite player and “one of the most versatile scorers in the KVAC.”

Ashley L. Conti | BDN
Ashley L. Conti | BDN
John Bapst's Madi Higgins (center) tries for two past Ellsworth's Callie Hammer (left) and Trinity Montigny during their girls basketball Class B preliminary game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor in 2017.

Trinity Montigny, Sr., G, Ellsworth: Montigny led the Big East Conference in scoring last season (16.6 ppg) thanks to 38.4 percent 3-point shooting. She is also a good passer with impressive court vision who averaged 2.6 assists per game. Defense is also in her arsenal as she averaged 2.9 steals per game en route to All-Maine honorable mention.

Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Makaelyn Porter, right, of Southern Aroostook dribbles up the floor during an exhibition game against Penobscot Valley Monday, Nov. 25.

Makaelyn Porter, Sr., G-F, Southern Aroostook: Porter has led the Warriors to two straight Class D state titles. The two-time North tourney MVP averaged 14.5 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds. “Her basketball IQ is phenomenal,” Southern Aroostook coach Cliff Urquhart said. “She’s a good shooter, a good ball-handler and she can find the open player.”



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