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2017 Girls’ Basketball All-Scholastics

8.3.1878343051_Sports_14gardenhoop Archbishop Williams teammates celebrate their 55-51 victory over Amesbury High during the MIAA Div. 3 semi-finals basketball game at TD Garden in Boston, Monday, March 13, 2017. (Robert E. Klein for the Boston Globe)
Robert E. Klein for the Boston Globe
Archbishop Williams star Asiah Dingle earned Player of the Year honors after helping the Bishops claim a state title.

Players of the Year

Veronica Burton, Newton South

The Dual County League MVP for the third straight year, Burton averaged 20.8 points per game and 10 rebounds. She also added 5.7 assists, 3.6 steals and 2.2 blocks to lead her team to a 18-5 record and the D1 South semifinals.

Asiah Dingle, Archbishop Williams

The diminutive guard led the Bishops to a Division 3 state championship, averaging 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals per game. An honor roll student, the 5-foot-3-inch Dingle had 1,069 career points.

Kelly Fogarty, Walpole

The 5-foot-9 senior captain closed out her career with 1,082 points and a school-record 245 3-pointers, averaging 18 ppg for the 13-10 Rebels as a senior. Nominated for the McDonald’s All-American game, she will play at Maine.

Masseny Kaba, Cathedral


A McDonald’s All-American nominee, the 6-foot-3 senior center delivered 16.6 points and 12.3 rebounds per game to power the Panthers to a repeat in Division 4. Kaba was the co-MVP of the Catholic Central and will play at Central Florida.

Sayawni Lassiter, Newton North

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The Bay State Carey MVP produced 20 points per game. The guard netted 1,023 points in three seasons, missing her sophomore year with a torn ACL. The niece of Cathedral coach Clinton Lassiter, she will play at Florida State.


Angela Alibrandi, Westford, senior

Alibrandi posted 12.5 points and 9 rebounds per game for the 20-3 Grey Ghosts, who advanced to the Division 1 semifinals. After starting all 67 games of her high school career, the DCL All-Star will play at Tufts.

Alyssa Casey, Andover, senior

A two-time MVP of the Merrimack Valley Conference, Casey finished her senior season by eclipsing the 1,000-point mark en route to a Division 1 North title for the Golden Warriors. The 5-foot-11-inch forward averaged 21 ppg this season.

Kendall Currence, Falmouth Academy, junior

Currence averaged 23.2 points per game en route to a Division 4 South semifinal appearance. The 5-foot-8-inch guard verbally committed to play at Northeastern and is eyeing the 2,000-point plateau for her senior season.

Mackenzie Daleba, Cathedral, freshman


Daleba started the season as a reserve but emerged as a pivotal piece as the Panthers finished with 14 straight wins in repeating as Division 4 state champions. Daleba delivered a team-leading 17.7 points per game.

Keelah Dixon, Braintree, senior

This guard averaged 17 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals to lead the Wamps to the Division 1 final. Dixon finished with 1,220 career points, the highest total for a Braintree player since 2006. She will play basketball at Colgate.

Marissa Gattuso, Woburn, senior

This point guard averaged 17.8 points, 6.4 assists, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.7 steals per game to lead Woburn to its fourth straight Middlesex League title. The league MVP, Gattuso finished her career with 1,217 points.

Joie Grassi, Plymouth North, senior

A four-year varsity player, Grassi appeared in all 84 games during her career and scored 1,537 career points, second on Plymouth North’s all-time scoring list. The Patriot League Keenan MVP averaged 17.2 points per game.

Menel Lamadzema, Mystic Valley, junior

With a year remaining, Lamadzema became the all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,517 points. The guard averaged 25 points per game to lead the Eagles to a Division 4 North semifinal appearance.

Annabelle Larnard, Fontbonne, junior


Larnard averaged 16.8 points, 14.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game this season. The 6-foot guard registered a double-double in points and rebounds in18 of 24 games to lead the Ducks to a Division 3 South final appearance.

Maggie McCarthy, Medfield, junior

A two-time Tri-Valley League MVP, McCarthy led the Warriors to the Division 2 title, scoring her 1,000th point in the state final against Arlington Catholic. She averaged 15.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 4.1 steals per game.

Katie Nelson, Bishop Feehan, senior

Nelson wrapped up her career as the top girls’ scorer in school history with 1,439 points. The 5-foot-8-inch guard averaged 17.6 points and 5.3 assists to lead the Shamrocks to a Division 1 South quarterfinal.

Jennifer Peel, Mansfield, senior

A three-time Hockomock All-Star, Peel averaged 13 ppg to lead the Hornets (20-3) to the top seed in Division 1 South and the sectional final. With 819 career points and a school-record 471 assists, this guard will play at Saint Anselm.

Valentina Pepic, Revere, junior

The two-time Northeastern Conference MVP averaged 18.5 points and 8.6 rebounds per game to lead Revere to a 19-3 season. She was named MVP of the Acton-Boxborough and Comcast tournaments. She also plays volleyball.

Meaghan Raab, Hanover, senior

The 6-foot-2-inch center dominated the paint this season, tallying 16.1 points and 12.3 rebounds per game en route to the Patriot League Fisher MVP. Raab, who is committed to play at Air Force, is valedictorian of her class.

Ashley Sampson, Foxborough, junior

Leading Foxboro to its first sectional title since 2003, Sampson averaged 19.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. The point guard also netted her 1,000th career point this season and was named Hockomock League MVP.

Jillian Webber, Andover, senior

Webber averaged 15.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 3.6 blocks per game. Also a Merrimack Valley Conference All-Star in volleyball, the forward finished her career with 926 points and 690 rebounds.

Jenny Worden, Abington, senior

The South Shore Large MVP averaged 21.3 points and 12.7 rebounds to lead the Green Wave (21-4) to a Division 3 South semifinal appearance. The 5-foot-11 guard wrapped up her career with 1,840 points and 838 rebounds.

Coaches of the Year

Division 1: Ernest Perry, Andover

After dropping the season opener, Perry’s squad rattled off 22 straight wins en route to the Division 1 state semifinals. Led by Jillian Webber and Alyssa Casey, the Golden Warriors claimed both the MVC and Division 1 North titles.

Division 2: Jon DeMarco, Hamilton-Wenham

DeMarco led the Generals to a 15-9 record and an appearance in the Division 2 North final. A 12-year coach of the sport, DeMarco graduated from Revere High and later Merrimack College where he played college football.

Division 3: Matthew Mahoney, Archbishop Williams

In his third year as head coach, Mahoney led the Bishops (22-4) to their second Division 3 state title in three years behind an extremely well-balanced team. ‘‘I was lucky enough to coach a great group of girls,’’ said Mahoney.

Division 4: Clinton Lassiter, Cathedral

A two-time Globe Coach of the Year, Lassiter led his team to a dominant run through the Catholic Central Conference. The Panthers finished 19-4 and won their second straight Division 4 state championship.


Atlantic Coast — Dennis-Yarmouth: Shelby Dunn. Falmouth: Jenni Rose DiCecco, Olivia Ferrero, Olivia Peterson, Grace Petterson, Kayla Thomas. Marshfield: Cassie Caldwell, Tina Sargent, Kelly Wheeler. Nauset: Regan Meehan, Isabel Pellegrini, Skyeler Sandison. Sandwich: Molly Silvestri, Caroline Wilson.

Bay State — Braintree: Keelah Dixon, Jenna Roche, Rachel Tutkus. Brookline: Sydney Jones; Dedham: Nina Heilmann, Abrianna Vasquez. Natick: Brenna McDonald, Skylar Schmid. Needham: Kara Petronio. Newton North: Elizabeth Davis, Sayawni Lassiter (MVP). Norwood: Kaylin Reen. Walpole: Kelly Fogarty (MVP), Sydney Scales. Wellesley: Dorian Cohen (MVP), Leo Sperling, Kelcia Zarle.

Big Three — Brockton: Alexandra Giannaros, Jalani Jackson, Bryanna Santos. Durfee: Shaelyn Carreiro. New Bedford: Janice Leao, Chiron Rose.

Boston City — Boston English: Diamond Ayala, Maia Kellam, Ainsley Pena. Brighton: Lakeisha Compte, Deanaja Dunabar-Lee, Ella James, Alissa King, Jasmine Michel, Adriana Pitts. Burke: Paula Alves, Gisselle Mendez, Marisol Soto. Charlestown: Raeonah Miles-Willis. East Boston: Corianna DiNublia, Deandra Russo, Luisa Uribe. Fenway: Me’ara Carter, Janayah Gulley, Shania Tarver. Latin Academy: Shaymia Banks. Madison Park: D’najiah Easton, Keishana Joseph, Tehjia Kerr. New Mission: Taneja Drayton, Kiara Serette. O’Bryant: Kierah Bailey, Grace Burns, Jordyn Hunter-Coleman. Snowden: Tamisha Burton, Karla Lopez, Shaleah Matthews. South Boston: Claudia Camacho, Valeria Ruiz. Tech Boston: Krya Cunningham. West Roxbury: Odia Bah, Lastarrsha Bradham, Jennifer Brown.

Cape & Islands — Cape Cod Academy: Kaileigh Bickford, Lindsay Schoener. Cape Cod Tech: LaTasha Miranda. Falmouth Academy: Kendall Currence, Jane Earley, Eliza Van Voorhis. Monomoy: Geia Alverio, Christine Friedel. Nantucket: Jazzmine Butler. Rising Tide Charter: Madisyn Burek. St. John Paul II: Olivia Bengston. Sturgis West: Maggie Adams, Maggie Farley, Emily Rodricks, Carolyn Sullivan.

Cape Ann — Amesbury: Julia Montagne, Maddy Napoli (MVP), Flannery O’Connor (MVP), Abigail Sartori. Hamilton-Wenham: Cate Blatchford. Manchester Essex: Sarah Robinson. Masconomet: Paige Amyouny, Grace Fahey (MVP). Newburyport: Anna Hickman, Krysta Padellaro. North Reading: Katerina Hassapis. Pentucket: Casey Hunt, Colleen Jameson. Triton: Tessa Lafrance.

Catholic Central — Archbishop Williams: Asiah Dingle (MVP), Meagan Donovan, Mollie Manning, Monica Spain. Arlington Catholic: Erin Donlan, Lena Perez. Austin Prep: Lauren Joyce, Ellen Klucznik. Bishop Fenwick: Samantha Mancinelli, Jaxson Nadeau. Cardinal Spellman: Caroline Stover. Cathedral: Taliyah Countrymon, Mackenzie Daleba, Dejah Jenkins, Masseny Kaba (MVP). Lowell Catholic: Mikayla Patterson, Maggie Penta (MVP), Briannagh Reeves, Mary Tibbets. Marian: Jane Langan. Matignon: Francesca Farrell, Lauren Lividoti, Julia Vigorito. Pope John: Sarita Chen, Emily Cloutier, Mackenzie Curtis, Katty Haidul, Korine Haidul, Kylie Paulding. St. Clement: Valerie Samday. Saint Joseph Prep: Hannah Sansone. St. Mary’s: Temi Falayi, Olivia Nazaire.

Catholic Conference — Fontbonne: Clarissa Garzon, Annabelle Larnard, Arienne Sauvignon Howard. Notre Dame (Hingham): Lexi Noyes, Riley White. Ursuline: Alison Meade, Mackenzie Moore.

Colonial — Assabet: Nicole Lento. Bay Path: Nekelle Waskiewicz, Sarah Wong Kam. Blackstone Valley: Shea Boultenhouse, Emily Muscatell, Morgan O’Brien, Victoria Russian. Keefe Tech: Yamilex Geraldino. Monty Tech: Erica Regan, Madison Russo, Emily St. Thomas.

Commonwealth — Chelsea: Tashneal Africa, Lynette Alvarez. Essex Tech: Sydent Noyes, Ali Vienneau, Virginia Vienneau. Greater Lawrence: Laisha Joaquin. Greater Lowell: Fatta Krah, Jailene Medina. Lynn Tech: Jamila Constantine, Alondra Sanchez. Minuteman: Luvi Berrios. Mystic Valley: Menel Lamadzema (MVP), Talia Mamyek. Northeast: Maggie O’Brien. Notre Dame (Tyngsborough): Samantha Adomczyk, Natalie Kelleher. Presentation of Mary: Camille Holleran. Shawsheen: Shannon Fitzgerald, Samantha Moriconi, Annmarie Riddle. Whittier: Allison Beauchesne, Olivia Beauchesne, Grace Efonsa, Emma Saulnier.

Dual County — Acton-Boxborough: Julia Rowland. Cambridge: Demi Atkins, Kalilah Hall, Maggie Pimlott. Lincoln-Sudbury: Larsen Henken, Hannah Lapordo, Sofia Rosa. Newton South: Veronica Burton (MVP), Zoe Foster, Sarah King. Westford: Angela Alibrandi, Elizabeth Arnold, Emily Bramanti, Camille Desrochers.

Eastern Athletic — Bishop Feehan: Marissa Fontaine, Emily Miccile, Katie Nelson. Bishop Stang: Rylie Carreau, Catherine Yeargin. Coyle & Cassidy: Samantha Hourihan, Rachel Johnson. Martha’s Vineyard: Molly deBettencourt, Whitney Schroeder.

Greater Boston — Everett: Carolann Cardinale, Nyomi Dottin, Jackie Emmanuel, Yasmeen Guerrier (MVP). Malden: Mackenzie Furlong, Tiffany Tortora. Medford: Destiny Fitzgerald, Abby McCarthy, Sam Morin. Somerville: Melina Pimentel.

Hockomock — Attleboro: Sarah Deyo, Julia Strachan. Canton: Hannah Jerrier. Foxborough: Ashley Sampson (MVP), Lily Sykes. Franklin: Ali Brigham. King Philip: Shannon O’Connor. Mansfield: Megan Hill, Jennifer Peel. Milford: Kate Irwin. North Attleborough: Ashley Ahern, Caroline Collard. Oliver Ames: Kayla Raymond. Sharon: Emma Eberhardt. Stoughton: Valerie Whalen. Taunton: Lily Patneaude.

Mayflower — Avon: Wilna Louis. Bishop Connolly: Emily Fiola. Blue Hills: Rose Dacey, Jamilia Ross. Bristol Aggie: Tiffany Cabral. Bristol-Plymouth: Makayla Kellum. Diman: Samantha Correia, Mya Parker. Holbrook: Danielle Mercier. Norfolk Aggie: Caitlyn Caggiano, Gina Coote (MVP), Kiki Soule. Old Colony: Taylor Carroll, Abby Cioper, Steph Gagne. Sacred Heart: Bridget LeBlanc, Aidan MacDonald. Southeastern: Sydney Gillis. Tri-County: Devin Driscoll, Kathleen Loonie (MVP), Tori Maynard. Upper Cape: Amber DiBona, Alexa Gelson. West Bridgewater: Morgan Doherty, Ericha Whitham (MVP), Casey Willis. Westport: Laura Mendell, Laila Silver.

Merrimack Valley — Andover: Gia Bramanti, Alyssa Casey (MVP), Shea Krekorian, Taylor Landry, Sarah Sullivan, Jillian Webber. Billerica: Kelsey Leverone, Emily Scurka, Maya Thompson. Central Catholic: Nicole Elbeery, Katie Kirsch, Kaylee Thomas, Nicole Wiggins. Chelmsford: Lila Boyd, Rai Edwards-Thomas, Hannah Polce. Dracut: Kayla Gooch, Melissa Iannuzzo. Haverhill: Abbey Battaini, Jordyn O’Boyle, Jenna Solimine. Lawrence: Cristal DeLeon, Tallesa Solier. Methuen: Kayla Allbee, Makayla Ferrullo, Nyah Mazzone. North Andover: Faith Connors, Rachel Davies, Emily Sifferlen. Tewksbury: Erin Gallella, Lizzy Gallella, Alli Wild.

Middlesex — Belmont: Jenny Call, Carly Christofori, Megan Tan. Burlington: Ally Rosberg. Lexington: Or Rotlevy. Melrose: Alexis Doherty, Catherine Torpey. Reading: Hailey Lightbody. Wakefield: Hannah Dziadyk, Hailey Lovell. Watertown: Cali McMahon, Shannon Murphy. Wilmington: Caroline Andersen, Christina Woods. Winchester: Julie Fitzgerald. Woburn: Marissa Gattuso (MVP), Marina Rufo.

Northeastern — Danvers: Nicole White. Lynn Classical: Paris Wilkey (MVP). Peabody: Melissa Gray. Revere: Pamela Gonzalez, Valentina Pepic (MVP).

Old Colony — Barnstable: Carly Whiteside. Bridgewater-Raynham: Kelly Page, Ashley Rose, Danielle Wabrak. Dartmouth: Lindsey Oliveira.

Patriot — Duxbury: Nicole Callander, Alli Cavallo, Lill Foote. Hanover: Megan Dixon, Meaghan Raab, Taylor Scott, Hayley Wardwell. Hingham: Haley Blasetti, Abby Landry. North Quincy: Remy Aucoin. Pembroke: Allison Corneau, Katie Galligan. Plymouth North: Leanne Galanek, Joie Grassi (MVP). Plymouth South: Brandi Andrews. Quincy: Liana Cunningham, Allison McMorrow. Scituate: Skylar Rojik, Melanie Stewart. Silver Lake: Holly Reeder-Morning. Whitman-Hanson: Taylor McVeigh, Sophie O’Brien.

South Coast — Apponequet: Sophia Gaucher, Sarah Milligan. Bourne: Emma Fenton, Kaya Fernandes. Dighton-Rehoboth: Julia Campezato, Gwyn Tatton. Greater New Bedford: Jayda Fortin, Payton Wildrick. Old Rochester: Mary Butler, Sophia Church. Seekonk: Mia Dibiase. Wareham: Gabrielle Lefrancios.

South Shore — Abington: Maggie Cawley, Maddie O’Connell, Jenny Worden (MVP). Carver: Riley Decourte, Payton Holmes. Cohasset: Lauren Cunning, Molly Greer, Elle Hansen. East Bridgewater: Jackie Gavin, Katie Smith. Hull: Caitlin Ryan. Mashpee: Ashley Keleher. Middleborough: Sam Crowley. Norwell: Caroline Plansky, Kristi Vierra. Randolph: Deirdra Cantave. Rockland: Adiza Alasa (MVP), Danielle O’Brien, Erika Ochenduzko.

Tri-Valley — Ashland: Kayla Madden. Holliston: Grace Dzindolet. Hopkinton: Julia Canestrari, Ivy Gogolin, Mikayla Pucci. Medfield: Lauren Casieri, Maggie McCarthy (MVP). Medway: Riley Childs. Norton: Abby Phelan. Westwood: Christina Bonfiglio, Allie Morin, Carly Sugrue.

How we picked the team

The All-Scholastic girls’ basketball team was selected by the school sports staff. Selection is limited to MIAA schools that compete in EMass leagues. Text by Tyler Blint-Welsh and Richard Morin. Photos by Mark Lorenz.