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16 Greater Gardner High School basketball players to watch

With pre-season training for the high school winter sports season In progress, TGN’s sports department has compiled a list of female basketball players who will make an impact for their respective teams this winter.

Sports in high school: 16 Greater Gardner High School basketball players to watch this winter

Krista Bitez, Gardner High School

The rookie returns as the leader of the Wildcats after a solid start, averaging 4.4 points in five of Gardner’s 10 games.

Scoring, however, isn’t necessarily Bitez’s first priority according to head coach Michelle Griczika, who is planning plenty of assists for the rookie as the first pass pointer.

“She’s already a leader in the team in her first year,” Griczika said. “She’s a very smart basketball player so if she’s going to make a quick adjustment to our play call, I trust her to do it and she knows it.”

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Becca Cormier, Gardner High School

You won’t find his name among the leading scorers in Central Mass. Pod 6 from last year, but that’s only because the main guard / striker’s biggest impact is in areas of the game that don’t show up in the scoreboard.

Cormier is always ready to sacrifice his body by stepping in front of an attacking player and pulling a load or diving to the ground after a loose ball. She is, in basketball parlance, the Wildcats’ “glue guy”.

Gardner High's Becca Cormier defends herself against Quabbin's Julia Hamel in a match last January.

“She’s a very strong defender and she’s always one of our toughest defenders against goalies on other teams,” said Griczika. “She is always there to take charge.”

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Julie Davis, Narragansett Regional

The only senior on a team that has only fired four players with college experience, Davis suffered a knee injury in his last game as a junior, but head coach Kiley Cleveland said the forward starter “didn’t miss a thing”.

That’s good news for the Warriors as Davis led Central Mass. Pod 6 with 12.7 points per game a season ago and led the Warriors in blocks and steals and finished second on the team in assists and rebounds.

Narragansett's Julie Davis attacks the basket in a game against Quabbin last February.

“I am very excited to see how the leadership here is impacting a group of talented but inexperienced players,” said Cleveland. “She will uplift those around her and help our program take a step in a positive direction.”

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Megan Doyle, Quabbin Regional

On the heels of a great softball season last spring, the second-year goaltender brought her athleticism back to the field for the Panthers, for whom she will play a bigger role this winter.

Quabbin sophomore Meg Doyle (3) will play a bigger role for the Panthers this winter.

“Last year she played some important minutes, but this year she will be a starter ready to show off her incredible athletic ability on both ends of the field,” said head coach Quabbin. Evan barringer.

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Jordyn Gillon, Quabbin Regional

There are few shooters in the Grand Gardner area as accurate beyond the arc as the returning senior goaltender, who had 18 3-pointers in nine games for the Panthers last season.

Jorydn Gillon (42) of Quabbin defends against Callie Wiedle (3) of Narragansett in a match last February.

“His range is revealing, as is his ability to hit the big blow in the big moment,” Barringer said of Gillon, who knocked down three treys in four of nine games a year ago.

Brielle Haddocks, Narragansett Regional

A freshman guard who will take on the starter role after benching a year ago, Haddocks can stretch defenses with her shot, is a strong passer and even better defender.

Narragansett first-year guard Brielle Haddocks (4) will start for the Warriors this winter after playing in a reserve role last season.

“Brielle is a defensive star,” said Cleveland. “She is long and athletic, which allows her to defend several positions. “

Amanda Iannacone, Narragansett Regional

The forward made a good impression as an eighth-grader a season ago when she averaged 7.3 points per game and impacted the Warriors’ glass.

The first year is also coming back from an injury and while she has yet to receive medical clearance, the Warriors are eager to see her return to the ground when she is perfectly healthy.

Despite being just a rookie, Narragansett's Amanda Iannacone could be a force in the paint for the Warriors this winter according to head coach Kiley Cleveland.

“She has a lot of potential to be a serious domestic threat to us,” Cleveland said. “She’s strong physically and she’s in a great position to contribute offensively. Amanda is very present on the boards.

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Kendra Lamb, Murdock High

A newcomer to organized basketball a season ago, the first-year goaltender showed promise averaging 6.1 points per game as an eighth-year student on the Murdock varsity team.

Murdock's Kendra Lamb took a 3-point corner in a game against West Boylston last January.

Lamb, who scored a third of her nine three-pointers ‘total in the Blue Devils’ game against Bromfield last year, is perhaps the only player on our list whose shooting range rivals that of Gillon’s. Quabbin.

Maddy Lashua, Gardner High School

A four-year college player and team captain, the senior forward will once again be a force in the paint for the Wildcats.

Gardner High's Maddy Lashua (23) was fouled by Narragansett's Alyssa Hardy during a game last January.

Despite finishing second on the team a year ago with an average of 4.6, Lashua recorded a high nine points against Narragansett in the season finale. Although she has shown her ability to take down perimeter fire, the ‘Cats will need Lashua at the post where her rebounding prowess can help gain additional possessions for Gardner.

Ashley Leighton, Quabbin Regional

The senior center has led the Panthers in scoring in each of the past two seasons – she averaged 11.6 points per game a season ago, tied for second in Central Mass. Pod 6 – and is the pre-season favorite to do it again this winter.

Quabbin center Ashley Leighton heads for the basket against Gardner's Abbie Laliberte in a game last January.

Showcasing a variety of moves in the paint, Leighton is a force in the post where she has plenty of second and third chance point scoring opportunities due to her skills as a rebounder.

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Emma Oakley, Murdock High School

The second-year forward returns for her third year of college basketball as Murdock’s top scorer after averaging 8.4 points for the Blue Devils last winter.

Emma Oakley (33) of Murdock walks past a West Boylston defender in a game last January.

Oakley can do a bit of anything from forward, including going out over the arc and knocking down a 3-point pointer. She led the Blue Devils with 12 treys a season ago, but the second is also adept at scoring inside and bouncing back.

Sofi Plotkin, Oakmont Regional

The only senior of a young Spartans team, the forward will provide solid leadership off the field and a mix of on-field skills for Oakmont.

Oakmont's Sofi Plotkin led the way against rival Gardner in a match last February.

“She’s probably an undersized forward, but she’s playing with a lot of heart,” said first-year coach Matt LeBlanc. “She’s a great rebounder, she can play on the perimeter or inside, and she finds a way to get to the free throw line. He’s a person we’re going to count on to be our leader this year, that’s for sure.

Haley Rutherford, Oakmont Regional

A junior guard who, like Sibley, will return from an injury sustained during the football season, Rutherford will provide the Spartans with top-notch defense every night.

Oakmont Regional freshman head coach Matt LeBlanc was impressed with the defensive play of junior Haley Rutherford (5), shown babysitting Gardner's Krista Bitez last February, during the preseason.

“She’s a good defender on the ball. It moves very quickly from side to side, ”said LeBlanc. “She anticipates well and she can keep a player (opponent) in front of her. I think it’s going to be difficult for the other teams to deal with because it can change the pace of their attack.

Ari Saladini, Monty Tech

The goalkeeper / striker led all Central Mass scorers. Pod 9 with 17.6 points per game a season ago, but it was the senior’s improved defense and focus on painting that got head coach Scott Malboeuf excited.

Monty Tech's Ari Saladini attacks the basket against South Lancaster Academy in a game last January.

“She’s playing a better defense and I hope she will continue to step up her defensive game,” he said. “I want her to come in and play a little more indoors because she has nice moves and a nice hoop finish. Plus, she’s a good free throw shooter as well so if she can make the mistake and get to the line that would be good for us.

Jada Sibley, Oakmont Regional

A goaltender who averaged 3.4 points per game last season, the junior could see more opportunity this winter as LeBlanc looks to use her athleticism to the advantage of the Spartans.

Oakmont's Jada Sibley, left, defends Narragansett point guard Sarah Janssens in a game last January.

“She almost bounces off the floor. She is truly a gifted athlete, ”said LeBlanc. “She’s going to come out on the wing and run for us and she will definitely be a staple in our transition game given her speed and agility. It will be tough at both ends of the pitch.

Bailey Tammaro, Monty Tech

The senior returns as the Bulldogs’ starting point guard after averaging 11.4 points per game, just behind Saladini on the squad a season ago.

A good outside shooter who tied Saladini for the team lead with 20 3-pointers last winter, Tammaro can also attack the basket and reach the free throw line as she led Monty Tech in the free throws ( 35) a year ago.

Monty Tech's Bailey Tammaro, right, steals the ball from South Lancaster Academy's Mia DeMarinto during a game last January.

“She’s the floor general,” said Malboeuf. “She doesn’t get shaken too easily. She almost has ice in her veins. She is a good defender. She is a versatile basketball player.